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A group distraction, presented by nige.


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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.

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:

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Essitam says:

and so it continues.

Thank you Hari, I've never read To Kill A Mocking Bird and I keep menaing to. Maybe I'll go pick up a copy soon!

12th Sep 2008, 11:31

nige says:

good interview man!

12th Sep 2008, 15:59

queserasara says:

Excellant intervew harry. I agree its like having a crazy mad family. I'm off to re-visit to kill a mockingbird.

12th Sep 2008, 17:37

taniwha says:

Thanks Harry. I like the idea of past life regression making you redundant in your real life.

12th Sep 2008, 18:26

Jig along says:

Nice pic, the facial expressions are priceless:)

13th Sep 2008, 10:26

OCD Sprocket says:

:-)

fabulous

13th Sep 2008, 12:13

minkey says:

Ciel Deux Harry....And one book to had to the pile

13th Sep 2008, 19:34

MaggieD says:

Love the photo and really enjoyed reading the interview :)

14th Sep 2008, 22:23

factotum says:

yes, a great interview! I'm really enjoying this group!

15th Sep 2008, 01:18

harimanjaro says:

Thanks everyone, and thanks for the HL.

Time to pick the next victim... sorry... I meant interviewee...

16th Sep 2008, 07:15

love this interview, especially the a-words and thank you for putting me on your flist..

24th Sep 2008, 18:40

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