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A group distraction, presented by nige.


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.


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









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Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri








Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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

Zevenaar, the Netherlands, Latitude: 51°55'40.45"N 6° 3'48.94"E (to be annoyingly precise)

How did I get here? Ahem, are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin . . . .
(where's everybody gone?)
Born in Singapore in 1963, baby Martin was an inquisitive little fellow. Let me tell you about the time he . . . . . .
Wha? Skip a bit? Well ok then, if I must . . . . . . .
. . . . . then I left the army and settled in Holland with my Dutch girlfriend (now ex-wife and mother of my two sons). That was in 1987, an interesting period, let me tell you about the time I . . . . . .
Wha? . . . . Skip? . . . . More?
Well ok, quick summary then:
Moving house, making plastic bottles on the night shift, getting married, learning to speak Dutch, moving house (again), driving, driving, driving, driving (I’ve been driving large goods vehicles all over Europe for the last 21 years), driving, becoming a father (twice), nearly killing myself on two wheels (or rather, off two wheels), getting divorced after 15 years, moving house, meeting Anja, falling headoverheels (who’d’ve thought it? We're talking poetry-writing, permanent-inane-grin-wearing stuff here), “The Gran” dying, Mum & Dad emigrating to Australia to join my Sister, moving house, discovering Moblog, slowly coming to terms that I should be doing more with my time here, and then thoroughly kicking the arse out of it by shooting off in eight different directions at once without a clue how to achieve what I'm trying to achieve but enjoying climbing up this incredibly steep learning-curve as I go.

2. Why do you Moblog? How do you use the site?

Why not? There's no law against it! I'm an adult, it's just a piece of harmless fun, I'm not doing any harm! Please don't take it away from me, please, I'll be a good boy!
*pulls self together*
I was looking for a blog-site for a while and stumbled upon MoblogUK. I’m away from home during the week, on the road in the truck, and thought it would be a good way of letting the “home front” know what I come up against while I’m away. Primarily directed at my partner, Anja, but also as a way of keeping in touch with my sons, Nick (now 16) & Mike (now 14), who I see every other weekend and my parents and sister in Western Australia.
Moblog for me has grown into a very important part of my life, I've met a lot of wonderful people, incredibly interesting and inspiring characters, from whom I've learned a great deal, and to whom I'll always be very grateful.

3. What's your least favourite subject to talk about? Why?

Quantum physics, string theory and the nature of time.

I forced myself to read Stephen J. Hawking's “The Universe In A Nutshell” cover to cover once. I read and re-read it line after line, paragraph after repeated paragraph, page after coffee stained page until I got to the end, closed the book and went “nope, sorry, haven’t a clue what you’re on about there Stevie-boy”.
So if you "ask me one on quantum physics" you'll totally shut me up (a tip, if you're stuck in a lift with me after a couple of pints).

4. What song means the most to you and why?

Stairway to Heaven, Led Zepp.
Maybe cliche, don't care.
As far as I'm concerned the greatest song ever written and ever performed. I could play it most of the way through at one stage, on the guitar, pretty competently. Fingers have gone a bit rusty these days. It makes the hairs on my forearms stand right up, still.

5. What's your most vivid memory from childhood?

The freedom, generally, we enjoyed. Going outside right after breakfast and staying out all day, rain, snow, whatever, we (my sister and I with the rest of the "gang") would walk for miles and miles, building, climbing, getting mucky, cold and wet. Then getting into a too-hot bath and your skin would ache because you were so chilled through to the bone.
Then tucking in to a plate of beanz-on-toast-with-an-egg-on-top like it was a banquette.

6. Are humans fundamentally good?

Well I am,
I hope,
and virtually everybody I know is, so from my point of view, yes they are, mostly.
(With the odd exception of course, I mean Peter Sutcliffe was a bit of a twat.)

7. A picture or a thousand words?

Oh a picture, every time, perhaps accompanied by a few words, but “a thousand”? that’s rabbiting on a bit, IMO, he said, rabbiting on.
I'm rubbish with words, bit of a problem with dyxslecxia (see?) as a kid, still stumble a bit here and there, computers help, and predictive text.
I can knock up a half decent picture for you though.

8. What's wrong with the world today?

Not enough rabbits.

9. If you had ultimate control, how would you fix it?

Breed millions of those great big Dutch long-eared "Thumpers", they're so cute, how could you go out and start a war if you had a great big floppy pet rabbit outside you had to look after every day?

10. What is "the greatest thing you'll ever learn"?

Well I’ll not have learned it yet now would I?
But the greatest thing I've learned so far is that "Red Dwarf" is probably the best series ever to have been seen on tv,
and never to sign up for anything Nige dreams up on Moblog, it'll cost you hours and hours of your time, tons of soul-searching and significant hair loss. (he said, putting his name down for the next scheme).

X, Jxl

Posted by JokerXL

13th Nov 2008, 15:29  


nige says:


13th Nov 2008, 16:24

taniwha says:

Thanks Joker. I enjoyed reading this. I agree with you - people are basically good.

13th Nov 2008, 19:40

re: 6 - I agree, but you're one of the better
re: 10 - Red Dwarf all the way!
re: 2 - that end bit - absolutely.
re: 6 - So many people in this world say things but then do nothing, for example "Sure I'll do that" or "That's wrong"... A tiny, precious, valuable few act on their words and an even smaller proportion carry it all through to the end. You are one of them. I'm honoured to have made your acquaintance, to have met you and truly hope that one day I can demonstrate properly how much I value you as a friend.
re: 1 - you know I'm more than happy to help however I can. We just need to find the time!

9 - errr....


13th Nov 2008, 20:28

MaggieD says:

Oh, this was so much fun to read ....
..... and you are one those exceptionally good guys .... as to evil, well there is the evil of capitalism, but I think that is better left to a different forum ..... but ultimately, rabbits could well be the answer, in a very flopsy, topsy turvey sort of world ....

13th Nov 2008, 22:19

nige says:

...and *of course* people are going to be interested in reading this, Joker. You da man, after all ; )

14th Nov 2008, 11:02

queserasara says:

Oh so funny & just what I have come to expect.

Agree with everyone else - you are definatly one of the good guys! Not sure on the greatest song choice but love Red Dwarf! Yep avoid Nige's ideas - except this one maybe......

14th Nov 2008, 18:09

kyoob says:

wow, i only just found this group blog, things have been busy so will be trying to get back into all the cool people who i really have missed. this is great. thanks nige :)

15th Nov 2008, 00:45

Viv says:

Well you lived up to your name Joker and I laughed out loud at least twice I think 3 times :)

Love your answer to question 3 - don't think I'd have got past the first chapter!

A good and almost suprisingly considering the generous sprinkling of humour - informative read - thanks

15th Nov 2008, 02:25

JokerXL says:

Well tnx guys, you're all very sweet.
It was a lot of fun to do, thanks Nige for thinking it up and to ArkAngel for adapting the questions and dropping them on my head.
Now comes the best bit, I get to "tweek" the questions and make someone else's week tough.
Now, let's see. . . . .
Watch your mailboxes!

15th Nov 2008, 07:18

arkangel says:

As soon as I saw the Bond Bug picture I knew there'd be interesting tales - glad to have handed the torch on to you. Look forward to seeing which Qs or bits of Qs you retain.

Reckon the Stairway cliche is fine. The moment John Bonham comes in on that track is one of the Greatest Moments in rock.

Was wondering where the answer to #5 is set?

15th Nov 2008, 11:04

JokerXL says:

North Yorkshire, Dorset and West Germany.
Bit o this and bit o that really.

15th Nov 2008, 12:11

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