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The reality is when I was a teenager in Dundalk, unionist employers were thin on the ground

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Frank Mitchell photographed at Clarendon Dock. Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph

Frank Mitchell photographed at Clarendon Dock. Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph

Frank Mitchell photographed at Clarendon Dock. Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph

You may not know this but I have two surnames. Sometimes I think everyone should allow themselves more of a choice. Those of us who alternate between our family name and a pseudonym have an advantage when it comes to privacy.

I never phone for a doctor's appointment as Frank Mitchell. I use my real surname and when I arrive, she just thinks I look a bit like the bloke from the telly. Deep down I know I haven't fooled her but I convince myself I haven't been spotted. As for booking a table at a restaurant that's different. It's Mitchell straight away.

It's amazing how many broadcasters use a false name. There are times I think Johnny Hero is the only one on U105 not doing it. I've been tweaking what's on the birth certificate since I was eleven.


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