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The first instalment of Interview52 is now complete! It started on Friday 18th July 2008 and finished on 13th September 2009. A little later than expected, but we got there.


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52 mobloggers from around the world...

Some familiar, some not...

Each will publish a unique self-portrait, accompanied by a short interview.


Candid portrait meets candid interview.


The Rules

Every Friday the next interviewee in line will publish a new portrait and interview, consisting of their answers to the ten questions they have been given.

After they have published, the interviewee will then become the interviewer. They will be responsible for finding the next participant, as well as compiling the questions that this next person in line will answer. Interviewers can change as many or as few questions as they like, but they should change at least one before passing them on to the next lucky punter.

Thats it! Simple. More detailed instructions will be given to each interviewee as and when they are approached, so fear not.


The interviewees so far

shitake

spongevid

Salome

FilbertFox

Essitam

harimanjaro

parabolichobo

Viv

Jig along

Caine

factotum

Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

arkangel

JokerXL

CHESO

taniwha

PrincessJun

billion

itchymoblog

Jane Doe

kyoob

MaggieD

Spiderbaby / Freakdog

TiliaAmericana

Dhamaka

XelenarendezvousX

George w/Blue Eyes

Rachel

Sprocket

Tori

silar31

Mandy

Puddlepuff

Judo-Jule

OJ

beth

Alfie

Rich

Joe

Steve

Uber-Spy

swamprose

RareAquaticBadger

Euphro

bfish

mara

AmericanFriend

CRAFT

Strange Little Girl

Spike

Toddy

Damage

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Life in the Rural Lane

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

Almont, North Dakota. I was born in Southern California and lived there most of my life. The day the last surviving orange tree from one of the original groves was cut down for no good reason, I made the decision to leave. I loathe homogenization, and it happened in SoCal to the extreme. Rick had a job opportunity which could lead two ways - either Gillette, Wyoming or Hazen, North Dakota. Easy choice, I've always loved the Dakotas from visiting when I was young. Adding to the decision was the fact Rick had worked in Gillette, and did not like the place at all. Rick's job 'opportunity' didn't work out after the move, so we went from Hazen to Bismarck. In the end, Bismarck simply had more rules than we cared for, so I went online to Bismanonline.com, looked for rural properties, and we found Almont. Instant love, that. No conformity, no rules. A town full of eccentrics, all of whom like their privacy. Definitely home. Almont also nurtures my deep love of nature.

Why do you moblog?

To see, learn and share. I am astonished every day by the photos people take and the stories they tell. It's life, an abundance of it. Moblog and mobloggers at large have fueled my love of photography, something I never thought I'd be interested in or be good at.

What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

I don't know how to answer this, I wasn't worried about anything I might be asked.

What would your biography be called, who would write it, and who would play you in the film?

Nature Calls, I have no idea who'd write it, but as this is all fantasy*, I'd have Howard Hawks direct and I'd be played by Carol Burnett, because I've been told all my life I look like her. *I'd never do or allow such a thing in real life, I like my privacy.

Who has been an inspiration to you? Why?

Not a who. Things seen, natural and manmade. I've observed things all my life, and find wonder in the smallest of things, and my curiousity is easily sparked. Out of all things, nature inspires me the most. I end up fascinated by most anything, a pebble, leaves, bugs, whatever I see. Many of the people on moblog share certain fascinations, and luckily for me, share their knowledge. Viv, Euphro and Silar31 in particular happily provide wanted information on lichens, shrooms and bugs to name a few things. Photography has ended up being both a tool for exploration and inspiration. I chose a bee for my photo. I'm a bit known for my bee shots. I have been scared half to death of bees all my life, I'm deathly allergic to them. Once I had a camera, the desire to shoot them overcame that lifelong fear. I look at things differently now, it's as though I've been granted an extra set of eyes.

What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman. It's a reminder, dominant though we might be, we are animals, and we should treat our planet and fellow animals better than we do. It's also a sound and good reminder we should not take ourselves so damn seriously, after all, we'll be extinct one of these days.

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

My obsession was being still. Being invisible. It wasn't exactly a bad idea during my childhood to be still and quiet, but it suited me. I would climb trees, (a massive Weeping Willow was my favourite haunt) and stay for hours watching and listening everything going on at street level. I also loved paying attention to leaves, bark and the varieties of tree life as well. Never lost the obssession, it stays with me. It's part of me. One of the major delights of my life was discovering Rick enjoyed being still also. (That was a long time ago, roundabout 30 years or so.) Rick's better at it, so I'm still learning. One of these days, I'll master camo painting if Rick ever gets around to teaching me.

Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

That's a loaded question. Depends. At times I travel some damned dark roads in my head. Most of the time, I get lost outside, looking at everything around me, wondering, thinking, making mental notes about all I see and feel. There is always something to fire my curiousity, and learning ahead. I love that. I'm alone much of the time, and like it. Both Rick and myself require healthy amounts of time alone. When I'm immersed in artwork, I'm definitely alone in my head as well as alone physically. I don't explain that process to anyone.

If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to, and how?

Oh boy. It would start with Bronxelf and Geodyne. They are the reason I'm here. It branches rather wildly from there. Gael, Paintist, Dhamaka, Viv, Silar31, MaggieD, SLG, YourHermione, Sprocket, Mandy, 540Air - their absolute kindness is amazing and they are wonderful people who cannot be painted in a few strokes. Nige, who I was in awe of, looking at his photos with wonder. Factotum, with her quiet love of the eccentric and the unique, she has impressed me from day one. Swamprose, with her not so quiet embrace of life and obvious love of it. Rick, of course, once I talked him into moblogging.

People whose lives and photos became an important part of my life, and I would miss them so if they weren't a part of it: Ojo Azure, Parabolichobo, Taniwha, Hildegard, Kostika, Minkey, Harimanjaro, JokerXL, Rare Aquatic Badger, Spiderbaby, OJ, Viktor, 095, Bfish, Alfie, Essitam, Euphro, Stella Finkelstein, Mouseninja, EvilMink269, EmmaB, Eroika, Suzi Shoes, Monkey Finger, Alicat9, Billion and SmaugFilledWindows & Looker who are fellow Dakotans and good friends.

That does not cover my friends list at all, and I don't mean to leave a single person out. This would go on for pages if I tackled each person. I end up making new friends all the time on moblog, and each person is important to me and brings wonderful things to my perspective and life. Each person adds to my knowledge and there is never a lack of new things to learn. The connection - friendship, community. Moblog is a world neighborhood, and it is a truly fine thing.

Posted by Caine

10th Oct 2008, 08:42   comments (23)

Listen to your tribal voice

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

It finds me in Broome, Western Australia. I was spent my early childhood at a place called Wynarka in South Australia. To get to Broome is pretty easy. Just head North for 3000 km, chuck a lefty and travel a further 1600km and when you hit the ocean, you should be in Broome. There have been a few detours along the way in Murray Bridge, Eucla, Halls Creek, Kununurra, Wyndham and Newman.


Why do you moblog?

To share and swap stories with others.


What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

What car do you drive?


Now answer it!

Well I don’t actual own a car, just a scooter, but I’m on the lookout for a V8 ute.


What would your biography be called, who would write it, and who would play you in the film?

Jiggers. I wouldn’t write it, so I don’t expect anyone else to. If it did go to film, someone like Bruce Spence would be a good fit.


Who has been an inspiration to you? Why?

No one in particular but collectively, the remote indigenous people in Western Australia. They live way below the poverty line, have serious health issues/go to way too many funerals, live in sub standard housing, but are always happy, make do with what they got and have strong belief in family and culture. Sort of changes ones priorities of what is important.


What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

Mayi: Some Bush Fruits of the West Kimberley. Its 56 A6 pages big, which is about my limit, has lots of pretty picture and some very useful knowledge on Bush Tucker plants.


What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

That would be killing ants. You grow out of it eventually.


Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

Some may say I am a few kangaroo short up there, but there really are enough voices in me head to keep me company at all times:)


If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to, and how?

Alex Hayes, Jesson Trishus and Limitless are linked through AFLF projects. Swamprose, Viv, Geodyne, Factom, Boet, Mandy, Judo-Jules, Maggie D, Nige and Dhamaka are all connected spiritually.


Well that was fun. Hope you enjoy this read as much as I have enjoyed the previous posts
Jig along


Posted by Jig along

3rd Oct 2008, 00:46   comments (10)

What shall I do next......let's think.....

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Where does this find you?

Retired, on my mac, in my house in N.Yorkshire with Benji at my feet
and Alan at his laptop. Wondering which of the many jobs that need
doing I should tackle today. I'm good at wondering.....



Tell us the story of how you got there.

To a mac - going back to teaching and ending up with responsibility
for I.T. (as the expert left and no-one else was willing to do the
job.) Bradford moved from BBC, to Nimbus to Mac - a foolish man tried
to move us all on (?) to Dell (I think) but a few stalwarts resisted.
I was one. Never looked back. Now apparently Bradford has gone Mac
again and the suite of imacs that was put in approx' 7 years ago
still look good and work well, new additions include a trolley of
white laptops - very nice. I think of it as my legacy, although the
support assistant - turned technician who I encouraged and set on the
way is my best legacy to my old school!

To Yorkshire - by following my husband of 41 years, Alan! We started
going out when I was sixteen in Manchester. I followed him to many
places, countless pubs, Maine Road.... (Eastlands soon hopefully);
Carlisle - loved it - state brewery and pubs - time warp; Stoke on
Trent, (I cried when I saw it - but we lived in Pipe Gate and Norton
in Hales so it turned out fine); Norwich - very special (Helen was
born there); Bristol - enjoyed that too and Beth was born there, then
23 years ago Alan was made Probate Registrar of Leeds and his
promotion journey ended and we moved here in November '85.



Why do you moblog?

That's on my sidebar. Helen and Beth were busy with their lives in
Leeds and forgetting about their Mum (aah!) so I started 'stalking'
them on moblog (Beth called me Stalker Mum) and I became intrigued by
some of the characters on moblog (particularly Bronxelf) and how
friendly Beth and Helen were becoming with all these people so I
decided to stop feeling voyeuristic and join in!



What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

Had forgotten about it - so no anticipation.



Now answer it!

Have no demons - unless its my weight and wouldn't answer anything I
didn't want to anyway!



What would your biography be called, who would write it, and who
would play you in the film?


Oh Jimbo - this is a bit high flown for me! Lets bring it down to
my level!

'Other people make me tick', Victoria Wood, Victoria Wood



Who has been an inspiration to you? Why?

My parents are the roots of me and therefore my inspiration. They
taught me through example, almost osmosis how to love, think, feel,
care, help, stand on my own feet, take responsibility. They never
gave me hoops to jump through or expected too much. They lived life
with a zest and gave their best to all they did and everyone around
them. My children have and do inspire me, as have and do my friends.
People who are not close to me, I might admire but they don't inspire
me. I'm a simple soul.



What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

Phew! My first love is children's stories, sometimes just for the
pure joy of the storytelling and for the releasing of the child in
the adult, but I'm going to plump for "Oranges are not the only
fruit" by Jeanette Winterson. A book I first saw as a television
drama, which I now own as a DVD, and one of the few books I have read
more than once. It is beautifully narrated; based in fact; has humour
and pathos; is rich with characters, and it informed and moved me.



What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

Don't think I'm the obsessive type! The nearest I get is problem
solving of all types! When I was young I loved those things where
you slid the plastic tiles around the square, and solitaire and
rubik's cube and those problem solving metal things that you take
apart and have to put together, jigsaws were ok - couldn't leave them
if they were out but too one dimensional - I liked to stretch my brain.

I did algebra for fun when I was at school, then I used to do the
Sunday Times brain teasers. At school, as a teacher, if there was
ever an organisational/timetable problem - I would solve it!
Suppose that is why I ended up in charge of the computers! A biggie
was my friend's house - she had had a very bad time and was
struggling to make ends meet and had been given some carpet which
she was quite pleased with, but it was odd shapes and she covered
bare bits with oddments. I measured and planned and cut and matched
and sewed and stuck to make a square, then she got some complimentary
plain carpet and we made a border for the square to make it fit the
room. A challenge on all levels and it is very hard to spot any
joins! Recently it was planning the work on the house and the
storage in the hall (drawing a plan on the computer etc) on a small
scale it's playing Scrabble and Sudoku.

OK Maybe I am obsessive when I get the bit between my teeth :)



Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

Oh FF!

Think it links back to the last question. I plan:- the house;
Beth's flat; possibilities for the future; possibilities for things
we might do as a couple; as a family; people I want to see and places
I want to go; how my friend Karen could use the teaching relaxation
skills I've just found out about..........and sometimes I look back
at the good things and put the bad ones away



If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you
be linked to, and how?


Helen and Beth obviously. Through them and meetings in Leeds, DJD,
Steve and Jane Doe ( who came to visit me with her girls), Joe and
Suzi, Mr and Mrs FF, Crickson and Spiderbaby, Ninja Code Monkey, OJ
and her friends, Chris, Mr & Mrs Seaneeboy - sorry if I've forgotten
anyone. Through going to Newark to see Paintist - her and the Mr,
Maggie, Dhamaka and Geodyne - all of whom I have now seen several
times and seem to know quite well, and of course Strange Little Girl,
who I bonded with over a beer! Not forgetting Alfie and Uberspy oh
and Spike and friends! Hobo's visit to Leeds also brought Sir Findo
Gask (the man who never sits down and his wife SWMBO)

Cos' he came to see us in Norfolk and for all sorts of other
reasons Euphro. Bronxelf who came to Leeds on her England visit -
that was good. And of course my lovely friends from Canada Swamprose
and Factotum who came to stay with me for 4 wonderful days and whom I
followed to Leeds and then with Helen to Cambridge and Southend,
where I of course met 450Air and the family, and Sprocket.

Then there's Nige a very special moblog person whom I first met in
London, before the exhibition, along with Joker and Anya and Hotdog
was there too. Beth's exhibition brought Judo - Jule up to Leeds with
Alfie.

Then there are the people that I haven't met but would love to and
feel I know such a lot about from their blog - Caine in particular,
but Jigalong who treats us to such wonderful pics of Oz and
Lilitiger who took us round India, Mara and her shadows .... too many
to mention ..... then there's the one near home who always has an
intelligent comment and has never to my knowledge joined a meet yet -
I'm looking forward to that day Hildegard!

Posted by Viv

26th Sep 2008, 14:05   | tags:comments (21)

KNEEDLES AND PINS

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

This finds me in Pembrokeshire, where I have lived with my family for just over 5 years, having moved out here from the lost city of Leicester, where I had been "passing through" for 25 years. Prior to that I spent my formative years in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, a place to which I would love to return.

Why do you moblog?

I was introduced to Moblog a couple and a half years ago by my friend The Tedster, who seemed to give up moblogging soon after I started. I continued because I enjoyed the comments my photos were receiving, and I also enjoyed the glimpses of other lives which moblog continually provides. One of the early "friends" I made on Moblog was Neutropenic Alex, and if anyone brought home to me the value of moblogging, he did!

What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

My age

Now answer it!

49 and a day

What is the most memorable thing you've ever had happen to you?

Children. Until I was 40 I was young, free and single. 9 years later I'm a broken old man with 4 children who can't afford a drink problem or a drug habit. Please give generously!

Who has been an inspiration to you? Why?

Tony Benn, a true Socialist, still.

What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

The Bible, and the complete works of Robert Burns.
Way back in the 90's, when I were a professional poet, I was booked to "do" a Burns Night. I tried to turn it down on the basis that I'm not Scottish, but the Braunstone Town Councillors were having none of it, so I went awa', and selected 6 Burns poems to perform. I did not even attempt a Scottish accent, so it's probably the only time the works of Robert Burns have been read in a Yorkshire Accent. There was a proper pipe band (all the way from Ashby-de-la-Zouche) and a lovely supper of Haggis wi'tatties and neeps, and the night was an unqualified success. At the end, as everything was being packed away, a very old lady came up and thanked me for "bringing Burns to life". She spoke very softly in a Scots accent. A year or so later I was talking to a friend called Clive Brett, who had been Mayor of Braunstone Town at the time of the concert. The old lady had been his mother, and had passed away not long after the concert. The only books she had ever owned in her long life had been the Bible and the collected works of Robert Burns.
Around that time also, something terrible and traumatic happened to me and a wonderful hospital Chaplain, Rev. Michael Forster, helped me through, and gave me a Bible.

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

My bike. I'm still riding it.

Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

You're not alone in your head very often when you have children, but, like Hari before me, I'm alone in my head when I cycle, which is one of the main reasons it is my sole form of transport.

If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to, and how?

I've met a few mobloggers in the flesh; the Pandairos in Crewe, and a healthy dollop of the Yorkshire Chapter in Leeds, along with Sir Findo Gask and SWMBO, who'd travelled all the way from Stoke! (wherever that may be). There are other mobloggers I'd like to meet, and hopefully I shall do one day. Being out on a limb in Pembrokeshire, one can feel a bit cut off sometimes. It's funny, but I have a very real fear of meeting new groups of people - I go through agonising panic attacks whenever I have to sit on a committee or anything similar, but meeting mobloggers isn't quite so intimidating. I'm hopefully going to be in London for a Sustrans meeting sometime in October, so hopefully I'll get to meet some of the southern chapter then if time allows.
I think I'm linked by a bikechain to 540air, Harimanjaro, Nige, Taniwha, Filbert Fox & Baggieboy, Dookerdoo, Toddy, Dhamaka... keep the pedals spinning, guys'n'gals!

Posted by parabolichobo

18th Sep 2008, 21:12   | tags:comments (13)

I think we're being watched

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

Like so many people these days I'm sitting on my arse in front of a computer. A long time ago I discovered that people were actually willing to pay me to sit on my arse in front of a computer - I can't think why. The computer (and arse) in question are currently in Farnham, in the county of Surrey, in England's green and pleasant land. I've lived here for more than 20 years, so I think I must like it here. I was born just down the road in Aldershot and grew up (sort of) nearby in Ash Vale, so I'm a local lad really, never moved very far. No need to when people are paying you to sit on your arse in front of a computer.

Why do you moblog?

It started as a way to improve my photography - an ongoing project - but what I like is the sense of community here, something I haven't really found on other photo sites. It's also given me an opportunity to use the word "arse" with gratuitous abandon.

What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

"What are the 39 Steps?"

Now answer it!

The 39 Steps are... hang on, I know what happened to Mr. Memory when he answered that question...I'm not falling for that...

What is the most memorable thing you've ever had happen to you?

I've got lots of good memories of my jaunts around bits of Africa: getting to the top of Kilimanjaro; crawling out of a tent in Amboseli to see a herd of elephants walking through the camp site; floating about in a canoe in the Okavango Delta. And there was the time I bought Lemmy from Motorhead a drink...

What do you think your job was in your previous life? Tell us why...

I really have no idea, I just hope it was a job that didn't involve sitting on my arse all day. Maybe one of those jobs that don't exist any more: a lamplighter or a xylographer or a pardoner. I think I'd really like to have been a pardoner: "you've been a bit naughty, right, so give me some money and we'll say no more about it".

What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

I would recommend To Kill a Mockingbird to anyone. It's a wonderful story and fantastically written, but for me its real power lies in what it has to say about courage, compassion and justice. A central theme is the role model Atticus Finch provides for his children and others; I think he's a pretty good role model for us all.

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

Dinosaurs. And space travel. I quickly realised that being a dinosaur wasn't a viable career aspiration, but I was quite interested in becoming an astronaut until I realised how many 'O' levels I'd need.

Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

Wherever my bike is taking me. I really think cycling (mostly mountain biking in my case) is a near perfect way to unwind your mind and put life in perspective. That's when I most likely to be alone in my head.

If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to, and how?

Well, I think most of you know that me and Minkey have been item for a while now - we met through moblog and have been very happy ever since. So Minkey first, then there's all of the other people I've met at moblog events: Dhamaka, Maggie, Nige, Taniwha, 095, SFG, SWMBO, FilbertFox, Hazz, Spiderbaby, Crickson, Essitam, Sprocket, Quesarasra, jc100000; and others that I haven't met but hope to one day: Parabolichobo, Caine, Rick, Hildegard, Swamprose, Factotum, Mara, Alfie, Judo-Jule... the trouble with making lists is that I forget to put things on them, so if anybody's been left don't feel offended. Just look at my friends list on my dashboard. The best thing is that the family tree is growing all the time, as I find other people who are sharing bits of their lives in all sorts of interesting ways. I think that's quite brilliant.

Posted by harimanjaro

12th Sep 2008, 10:25   | tags:comments (12)

one + one + one = three

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An old picture but one that sums me up, Converse and my family!

*Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.*

Well right now as I'm writing this it's Thursday evening and I'm at home, But
by the time it's posted it shall be Friday morning so I'll be at work in
Wolverhampton City Centre and I shall have arrived here on the bus from my
home 20 minutes away in the area I grew up in. I'm a yam yam born and bred,
I have lived in other places (Lichfield (too pretentious)and Wigan (Too
Rough)) but I returned "home" when I realised there really is no place
like it!


* Why do you moblog?*

I started moblogging as a way to pass the time when I was a poor lonely
single girl living alone with no one but the blonde kid for company.

James introduced me to it before "we" were "us" taking me into Birmingham
with a selection of Spied cards and I was hooked straight away, It's so much
fun, kinda combining social networking with a hobby! Along with TBK telling
everyone we were getting married before we'd even smiled at each other in
THAT way maybe moblog was party responsible for the creating of James and me
as "us"?


* What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?*

The typical Interview question used in lots of job interviews, Describe
yourself in 3 words....


* Now answer it!*

DOH! shoulda seen this coming. I'll use the answer i gave in my last job
interview

LOUD, TALKATIVE and TENACIOUS - and they still gave me the job!


* What question would you like to ask the next moblog interviewee?*

I'm not going say now as with the new interview 52 rules I'm going to get
the chance to ask what I want! -

oh new rules everyone says what are they??

WELL:
The week after the last interview with FF when there was no interview I
though hmm thats strange, then the week after that when again there was
still no interview i though hmm even stranger It's not like Nige to start
something and not finish it, so I emailed him something along the line of
"Oi you, giving up already?" and it transpires that Nige is a busy busy bee
and time had just ran away with him.
Organising questions and participants whilst running around the Notting Hill
Festival and generally having much fun was a time consuming thing so with
revised rules and with me being next on the "hit list" and silly enough to
wonder why he'd stopped he sent them to me....

From hence forward the interviewee will become the interviewer for the next
willing victim....So once you've read this today I will be on a hunt to find
someone to take part next . Then I will forward the list of questions and
instructions how to post on BUT

I will have to CHANGE AT LEAST ONE of the questions in the list

And so it will go on - my interviewee will become the interviewer, finding
the next participant and again changing AT LEAST ONE of the questions before
they forward it on. So taking the onus off Nige, continuing the project and
giving it a life of it's own!

So who want to be next use email/text/contact button to get in touch


* What do you think your job was in your previous life? Tell us why..*.

I think I must have been a psychologist/guidance counselor in a previous
life, for some reason I'm usually the Agony Aunt, Dishing out advise to all
and sundry my friend Nicky seems to seek my advise on everything and even my
local shop keeper stops me in the shop and asks for marriage counseling -
And I've never even been married.

James reckons I was Pippa from Home and Away. I love kids and we've usually
got a houseful of TBK friends, I've worked as a youth worker, I've helped
out at school, taking part in sleep overs, & going on trips, He thinks
(quite rightly) that I'd have a horde of my own given the opportunity


*Whats the story behind your moblog username? Why did you choose it?*

Oh everyone knows this as I answered it on spikes moblog ages ago:

Essitam is Matisse backwards, It's been my online name since school when in
an IT class the teaches asked us to think of a username.All the "cool kids"
were calling themselves "Sexygal1994" or "hotchick" and as I was neither a
cool kid, sexy girl or an hot chick I wanted something different.
Inspiration was at hand with a huge Matisse display on the wall i was
sitting next to. I wrote it down, I then rewrote it backwards and is stuck!


* What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?*

I didn't have one - seriously. I even called my mom when I read this
question to find out if she could remember something I'd forgotten, The only
thing she could come up with was I used to like emptying ashtrays into the
dustbin, Which apparently amused her no end as neither of my parents smoked
and my dad only ever threw loose change in there and according to her I just
one day stopped doing it aged around 3.


*Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head? (Filbert
Fox' question)*

I try not to spend too much time alone in my head I find it a pretty
worrying place at times!

That's not avoidance either, I'm being serious. I suffer autophobia
(J.F.G.I.) as a symptom of stress/depression caused (according to the people
in the know) by the sudden death of my Dad when I was just a little Steph.
So I avoid being left alone for too long when I can help it. I'm better now
than I used to be. At one point the panic attacks were so bad I would be
physically sick - now I just sulk lots and get snappy if I'm left alone for
too long!


*If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be
linked to, and how?*

Oh now this could be quite interesting, If i were to be literal about this
then there is:

James
TBK
Goonflower
NickyC
Miguel Sanchez
Stato
HippyJack

Who are all really (or via James) related to me in some way and registered
mobloggers and then real life friends (as in people I see in the flesh with
the family mobloggers)

Dicko - although I'm sure he should fall under family
highwirer
aj1905
Rich (not the one with Elvis)
shrontthebaron
baronshubby
GhostMonk08
Spongvid

Then there are the mobloggers who I've met in person purely through moblog,
at meets, if cafes (Dhamaka) in shopping centres (Nige) etc. I'm not going
to list them all as I've already rambled on too much but my ultimate moblog
family are my ultimate real life family:

Me + James + The Blonde Kid

--
Steph xxx

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5th Sep 2008, 09:49   | tags:comments (21)

I have nothing to wear!

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

Too much grub and inertia is the obvious way I got here. But the real reason is clear to anyone who knows me well. I reckon most women go through the I-have-nothing-to-wear routine from time to time. I do it every time I go anywhere that isn’t a routine outing. Meeting new people is always a major stress.


Why do you moblog?

Crickson made me do it! It is a damn fine way of meeting people you would not encounter in real life because your paths would never cross. It is a very mixed and diverse community. And I can socialise with folk without having to face the dilemma of the empty wardrobe. I do of course moblog naked most of the time.


What's the lie you tell people in answer to the embarrassingly awkward question you always seem to get asked (this one might take some thinking)

“I didn’t have my glasses on so I had no idea what I was doing” And I live by the adage ‘Why tell the truth when a fib will do’


Which of the five senses is most important to you, and why?

Sight – without a doubt! I was told in my mid twenties I would be practically blind in my 30’s. So far so good! Fortunately for me lens technology has improved far quicker than my sight has deteriorated. I do however expect to lose most of my useful sight at a relatively young age. Interestingly BB is losing his hearing – what a fine pair we are!


Tell us about the most heroic act you've ever performed.

I did CPR etc at a road accident, the day before I became a qualified first-aider. Not really heroic but I can’t think of anything else.


What would you do with your 15 minutes of fame?

I would tell them to watch Mr Benn to help them cope with the stresses in life; he is a very calming chap indeed. Or just try and make lots of cash, but only so I could donate it all to charity. Now if you had asked me about 15 minutes of power ………


What's so good about gingers? Tell the moblog community...

Being ginger certainly makes you stand out in a crowd. I met Helen and Beth in a pub last summer; we sat outside with the sun shining on our orangey bonce’s, there were many glances our way. Then the follicly challenged (i.e. you poor people who have not got tangoed hair) turned up and we were diluted.


What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

Who do you think you are?


What question would you like to ask the next moblog interviewee?

Now this is hard. In the words of my dear departed Gran “What next said the frog? When his tail dropped off” or Where do you go to my lovely , when you’re alone in your head?


What random piece of information or trivia fact do you use often to impress people?

I don’t think I do. I usually use humour, most often in the form of sarcasm and innuendo. I don’t do it to impress people as such, it is just such an ingrained habit I suppose. If I could remember it correctly I would tell ‘em about barnacle beavers, but I can’t so you will have to ask Spiderbaby

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8th Aug 2008, 07:11   | tags:comments (13)

tattoos are stories we write on our bodies...

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

Somehow, I find myself in Glasgow, (Scotland not Kentucky), which some days seems unlikely and other days perfectly natural. I grew up in a small and unpleasant town in between Manchester and Stoke on Trent. Since then I've temporarily lived and worked in Hanoi, Madrid, and Leeds but I keep ending up back in Glasgow, even though many people in my industry find it impossible to believe that one can survive outside of London.
Most of the time I love it. The only trouble is, I hate the cold. Ideally, I would like to spend part of every year in the South of France in proper weather.

Why do you moblog?

I started moblogging as a way of keeping in touch with my brother Mat. Now the people on here feel like a part of my life. I've also never been a confident photographer, and showing off the few good shots I make is a good feeling.

Whats the story behind your moblog username?

I've been Salome online since before moblog. She's one of the few women in Western myth with a good storyline and a bit of personality, and I was also reading a lot of Oscar Wilde at the time.
The Oscar Wilde connection also explains the title of my moblog 'I can see the stars from here'. Wilde said: "We are all in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars."

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

I only recently remembered about this! I wanted a dog desperately, but was never allowed one. So I used to keep count of every dog I saw. I tried not to count any dog twice (like next-door's dog that I saw all the time) but every time I saw a new dog, I counted it and kept the number I was up to in my head. This went on for years. Last thing I remember, I was well into the 700s. I must have just gradually forgotten about it.
Now I've finally got a dog, I just take pictures of her instead!

What is the least believable excuse you have ever made?

"I didn't mean to stand you up, I must've just fallen asleep by accident." Ouch! What's odd is that he didn't take the hint.

What is that one random item you have hoarded away that you can't bear to throw away for nostalgia purposes and what is the story behind it?

I'm not really a hoarder, but I guess the sculptures I made for my GCSE art project. I'm an awful painter and my art teacher told me I was hopeless, but I found I could do things with clay that I couldn't do with paint. I got the highest score in my school for my sculptures and they're still at my parents house, mostly broken. In your face, art teacher!

Ever had an unrequited love? Tell us about it.

I use a cunning combination of witchcraft and hypnotism to make people fall in love with me, so it's not been a big problem. What's worse is being the object of unrequited love - that's a world of guilt, awkwardness and redefinition of the term 'friend'.

What random piece of information or trivia fact do you use often to impress people?

Ducks only sleep with half their brain! When they are sleeping on the outside of the duck huddle, they have their outside facing eye open and part of their brain awake watching for danger. If danger comes, the awake part of the brain wakes up the sleeping part and the duck alerts his friends. They swap places throughout the night.

What's your worst habit?

Laziness. And whining. And whining about how lazy I am. And not even bothering to think up new things to whine about...

What question would you like to ask the next moblog interviewee?

What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

Posted by Salome

1st Aug 2008, 10:04   | tags:comments (30)