Claire Martin

Google You – by Claire


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The other night I found myself watching CNN, and caught the latest Jeanne Moos piece. She’s a great reporter, working the “off-beat” stories with a casual, irreverent usually humorous style. Her last story started with the question – “Have you ever “Googled” yourself?”

Most of us have. Of course I have, but it’s been a while. So of course, I had to have another go..

Here’s the results when I put “Claire Martin” into the search bar:




The first 2 results I know about, the 3rd – WHOA!

It’s a spoof.. but holy cow.. at 10 pm it jolted me out of my bed (safely sans Mr Mansbridge, I might add!). I had no idea.. and of course I had to click and enter the rabbit hole that can often be the internet.

Wide awake now I decided to check out my Twitter name – and did a search of accounts with the name “Claire Martin”.

Of the top 6 results, I personally know 3!

The great jazz singer – Claire Martin – and I have actually chatted about occasionally being mistaken for one another. My father is a huge fan of hers; I have most of her CD’s and quite frankly, she’s much better looking than I, so the mistake is often to my advantage. In fact in the early 2000’s I was put on a BBC List of “top 100 entertainers to watch” – I’m convinced to this day that the radio executive that constructed the list actually had me mistaken for her!

The 4th Claire MARTIN is also a lovely woman! She lives and works in Paris, France – and we were introduced at a function about 10 years ago at car show and have often had to direct misguided requests for each other back to the other!

So – is it really a small world? Is my name really that common? Or is there maybe more going on here?

What really floors me is that the other 3 “Claire Martins” in the top 6 twitter accounts – are all journalists. I’m going to reach out to all three and see if they’ll write a piece for us on #mybackyard.

See, Jeanne Moos – that’s what happens when you Google yourself!

Claire Martin – aka The meteorologist/former broadcaster Claire Martin

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  • Reply ghmanderson November 8, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Claire, I do like your self deprecating sense of humour; you make people laugh and that is a very good thing! I especially liked the Mansbridge crack! Glenn

    • Reply Claire Martin November 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Glenn. This morning of all mornings, we all need something to laugh at!

  • Reply Dave November 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Claire – we really miss you on the nightly news .. and I always loved watching the banter between you and Peter when he would turn to you for the Weather. Miss you – Take Care and hope your doing well

    • Reply Claire Martin November 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Doing great Dave! Thanks for the note. Glad you enjoyed the piece.

  • Reply Wayne Leveille February 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    A snowy day in Ontario lead me to finding the series of very personal videos you posted describing your strength in surviving cancer. That lead to reading some of your other pieces.
    I find it funny how I have come to “define” people, if I can say that, by what you know of them.. or by what they allow you to know. I’ve only ever really “known” you, if I may be so bold, from watching your broadcasts on television. How much more I have learned about you as an individual in the last day by reading your pieces on line, and watching your videos. Television people are people too! And they swear! Excellent! I don’t feel nearly as guilty about my own potty mouth, and today I learned that there is so much more to people than what you might see, or how they might be defined by their profession. Congratulations for taking the bull by the horns. Taking command of your life, and its direction. I’ll be reading and enjoying more of your work here, and maybe learning a little more about myself and the way I see others, along the way. Cheers and congratulations.

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