Clearly the Widmerpool de nos jours would have worked for McKinsey at some point. I imagine he would tweet about strategy.
A Dance To The Music Of Time was written from 1951 to 1975, with the 1951 novel (A Question Of Upbringing) being set in 1921, written when Anthony Powell was 46 (or published, anyway), and the final novel (Hearing Secret Harmonies - a title we have previously discussed http://celestialweasel.livejournal.com/96566.html ) being set in 1971
Therefore, if pmcray (whom God preserve, of Utrecht) were to start now, at roughly the same age as Powell, then the first volume of his roman-fleuve should be set 30 years ago, in 1984 - a year which of course it would share with, er, 1984 and The Napoleon Of Notting Hill.
Linking the music of timesheets and the music of Time Lords, the novels could include the Dr Who fan meetings at The Fitzroy, perhaps.
We watched the middle two episodes of the slightly bizarre Channel 4 version of ADTTMOT yesterday. It was rather better than I remember, maybe the 2nd and 3rd episodes were the good ones - the 3rd one did 'the war' i.e. books 7 to 9.
A combination of this and reading a book about Psion / Symbian, which I shall doubtless return to, lead to some rather bizarre dreams last night. Sadly nothing linear enough to be usable as the plot of the novel, which is why the task falls to pmcray (WGP,OU)