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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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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:

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Caine says:

Enjoyable reading, Salome. Pardon my saying, but a little formatting would be helpful - that's a bit hard to read all in one block.

1st Aug 2008, 10:11

nige says:

i'm doing that now caine-o :D

1st Aug 2008, 10:11

nige says:

i think i got beaten to it!

1st Aug 2008, 10:12

Salome says:

Yeah my email stripped out all the formatting.
I've fixed it now.

1st Aug 2008, 10:12

Caine says:

Oh, that's much better, thanks!

1st Aug 2008, 10:12

Caine says:

BTW, I'm a fellow winter hater. I could seriously do without 6 months of snow and freaking cold.

1st Aug 2008, 10:14

nige says:

great interview. worth it for the childhood obsession alone! that may turn into a regular question, i feel!

1st Aug 2008, 10:19

nige says:

great title as well.

1st Aug 2008, 10:23

Essitam says:

You must have really wanted a dog!! 700+ i don't think i could have kept it going for that long.

1st Aug 2008, 10:33

Salome says:

It really was years. I think I thought somehow it would help me get one.

1st Aug 2008, 10:36

mat says:

You're weird. :)

1st Aug 2008, 10:43

Salome says:

You're weirder.

1st Aug 2008, 10:45

Rich says:

you're both mental. And now I have the image of the both of you as kids, secretly wanting dogs. This is somehow funny.

1st Aug 2008, 10:50

spongevid says:

that duck fact is amazing!!!!

1st Aug 2008, 10:51

Alfie says:

Great interview Salome. I love this idea Nige, it totally (seems to) bring out a persons character in the round.

1st Aug 2008, 10:53

billion says:

yeah, it's good to have some stuff to read as well as look at on moblog...

1st Aug 2008, 10:57

nige says:

I'm glad it's going down well so far. i just thought "we hang out with these people online all the time, and many we know very little about". I figured this may redress the balance a little. I find I get to the end of reading an interview and their answers have raised even more questions for me to ask.

in fact, Salome, what industry are you in?

1st Aug 2008, 11:14

Salome says:

Telly. Stupid telly.

1st Aug 2008, 11:46

nige says:

Hehe. I used to work in telly too. For aunty. No shame in telly.

1st Aug 2008, 12:08

factotum says:

Brilliant! Salome, I'd love to see the things that you can do with clay. Actually, I'd like to see your paintings :)

1st Aug 2008, 12:16

swamprose says:

great interview.

in your face, Salome's art teacher!
you're mat's sister?? I wasn't allowed a dog either. so i had every other kind of pet. did you have fish, mice, rabbits, or reptiles? how/why did you go to Ecuador to the monkey refuge?
sorry. more questions. you are an interesting person.

I'll ship you clay anytime you need it.

1st Aug 2008, 12:29

Salome says:

We had a couple of a hamsters and a budgie, but after the animal rescue place in Ecuador (why? just felt like a change) I would never keep a bird now. They are so miserable on their own, and the pet trade is so damaging.

1st Aug 2008, 12:50

OCD Sprocket says:

ha ha - love the dog story, reminds me of Daisy in Spaced who used to take her box called Colin for walks

great interview, and great photo

1st Aug 2008, 13:18

seaneeboy says:

Another fantastic, insightful interview - love it :)

1st Aug 2008, 15:35

shitake says:

You are very interesting person Salome:)BIG smile for You:D!

1st Aug 2008, 17:53

PrincessJun says:

Really enjoyed this one - great stuff - the questions asked made for interesting reading. :)

1st Aug 2008, 21:46

Essitam says:

@Nige - I read the answers and think of other things to ask, maybe for the week between post thats what the comments could be used for , open to other mobloggers asking further question if the person is willing to answer??

Then each Friday a line could be drawn under that person and start again afresh with the next?

2nd Aug 2008, 12:09

nige says:

I agree Steph. I was hoping thats what everyone would do, but at week three I think everyone is still in shy mode! I totally think thats the way I should go, though.

4th Aug 2008, 18:24

nige says:

Either that or no one is interested enough to ask any questions, and I know that isn't the case!

4th Aug 2008, 18:29

Dhamaka says:

I think the old laptop was a lot sicker than I thought.. I commented on your questions for sure. Belated thanks for sharing

21st Nov 2008, 12:18

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