Peter Gavan, National Grid corporate affairs director, found his
name was worse than mud on a recent visit to Kazakstan.
Gavan, who was in Kazakstan as part of National Grid’s efforts to
negotiate transmission rights in the republic, hit problems when he met
deputy prime minister Akhmetzhan Yesimov.
Gavan explains: ’In the middle of the introductions, my interpreter
suddenly became very embarrassed. Out of the corner of my eye, I could
see some people reacting strangely but I had no idea what the problem
It was only later that Gavan discovered that, in Kazakstan, the phonetic
translation of his name is ’Mr Shithole’.
Philosophically, Gavan - as we like to call him - says: ’I suppose it’s
a variation on being called a spin doctor.’