Like many expats in Hong Kong I have enjoyed the writings of Hemlock for several years, but his identity has always remained a mystery and he apparently makes some effort to keep it that way.I was, therefore, somewhat shocked to see a feature in today’s Post Magazine openly identifying him as one Alvin Siddow and posting his photo (which is certainly of a face I think I recognise from the FCC where Hemlock claims to spend some time). However, the name is not listed in the FCC Membership Directory (not the most reliable of documents) and throws up almost nothing on Google. Moreover the description of Mr Siddow as “a therapist and lifestyle adviser” doesn’t seem to fit.
Cock-up by the SCMP? Some sort of diversionary tactic to draw people off the real scent?
Or did Hemlock just decide that the stress of living under cover was too much for him?