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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.


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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........ I'll still forget to bring my camera.

Sorry about the rather rushed nature of the responses, it was all a bit last minute on my part :(
1. Where does this find you? Tell the story of how you got here.
Lurking and working in Lewisham SE London, just a mile or so from where I was born and brought up. (Don’t know what happened to that childhood dream of a little cottage in the country). I have lived most of my life in London, though I have also travelled extensively and lived abroad. I still maintain very strong links with Cambodia.

2. Why do you moblog? Which of the posts on your own moblog is your favourite, and why?
I first became aware of Moblog nearly 3 years ago when the son of a very good friend of mine went into hospital for a bone marrow transplant. His name was Alex and he set up a blog so he could inform family and friends of his progress. He soon had quite a following on the site, people from all over the world, complete strangers befriended him and were incredibly supportive. Sadly, Alex died in January 2007, aged just 20. Alex was the reason I started to Moblog. The people I met here are the reason I continued. I liked the vibe, though things are a lot quieter now, it is still a very friendly and supportive place to spend a bit of online time.

3. What tools do you use to create your mini-masterpieces, how long do they take from start to finish?
Mini-masterpieces !?! Hahaha! Well, that would be telling ….. OK, well, it varies. I use a mixture of drawing, adapting faces from photographs of the Mobloggers concerned, a bit of clip art and a smidgen of imagination and a lot of photoshopping …… as to the time it takes, that varies as well. Something might catch my eye as I wander through the site and I just do a rough sketch of what I think the final outcome will be. Friday is my day off so I usually spend an hour or two putting the cartoon together on my laptop and posting it. Other times I might start a pic in the evening after work, leave it a day or two then go back to it and change or add something new and the final result bares little resemblance to the original. Other times I might see something and do an instant cartoon and post it straight off.

4. Choose one CD, one book and one film to be stranded with on a desert island
Ah, now this would depend on how long I was going to be stranded for. It would have to be a compilation CD, as I really do not have a favourite (but no extreme heavy metal). The book would be a collected works (probably of Oscar Wilde) and the film, mmm, something by Jean Renoir, mainly because I have always felt slightly frustrated that I have never given them the time they deserve (my french being quite poor I always feel I miss out in the translation). It would also give me the chance to brush up on my language skills.

5. If you had to choose only one form of entertainment for the rest of your life, what would it be: listening to music, reading books or watching movies?

6. If you could take a year off, what would you do with it?
I would love to go back to Cambodia for an extended visit and do a bit more work on a couple of the Education Projects I helped set up a few years ago.

7. Which food could you not live without?
I was going to say chocolate, but then I remembered that the thing I missed the most when I was traveling and working abroad was toast and marmite.

8: If you had to choose to only draw OR take photographs, which would it be, and why?
It would have to be draw. As anyone who has visited my blog can see, I am not a great one for taking photographs :(

9. What is the biggest problem faced by mankind today, and how would you solve it?

Well, a very simplistic answer would be ‘the Evils of Capitalism’ and how would I solve it? Time for a Revolution, methinks …..

10. What is the most important thing that is going to happen in your world in 2009

A good friend of mine is going into hospital to start treatment for cancer in the next few weeks, so my mind is very much on that at the moment. I just wish that by the end of the year she will be cancer free, back at work and singing silly songs and baking scrummy cakes.
Oh yes, and my son should be graduating from university this summer :)

Posted by MaggieD

16th Jan 2009, 08:59   | tags:


Dhamaka says:

I've been waiting for this - love your answers Maggie - and (if they do it) will have toast and marmite ready for you later...

and I love your caption

16th Jan 2009, 09:21

KeithD says:

Really enjoyed that Maggie, thanks. Your nature shines through your words as well as your pens...

Shame I haven't time to crash the coven today, would like to have debated 9.

16th Jan 2009, 10:26

taniwha says:

Thanks Maggie. I have always been impressed with your cartoons and enjoy your comments. I'd like to learn more about your links with Cambodia too.

16th Jan 2009, 10:47

Essitam says:

NIce Maggie Books Books Books - I'm with you there!

16th Jan 2009, 12:05


the revolution begins here . . .

just let me tie my shoelaces first, and charge my camphone, and grab my sketchbook, and pull on my thermals, and grab my brolly . . .

16th Jan 2009, 17:57

Spiderbaby says:

.. and make some sandwiches, and a big flask of tea (of course, can't have a revolution without tea)... OK, we're ready!


16th Jan 2009, 18:36

queserasara says:

Ohh can I join the revolution too??? But I hate Marmite!! Maggie I love your answers - Why am I not surprised that your deep as you are insightful. QSSx

16th Jan 2009, 19:15

Jane Doe says:

Great interview and pic

16th Jan 2009, 20:25

lol Spiderbaby

16th Jan 2009, 20:28

MaggieD says:

Thank you peeps, or should I say comrades ;) ..... actually the revolution doesn't start until the pubs have closed (and if anyone can tell me the folk song that is a reference to, I will eat Sprocket's hat) .....

16th Jan 2009, 20:45

Wendle says:

That photo makes my head hurt. I'll be in the front row for the revolution though :)

16th Jan 2009, 21:07

MaggieD says:

Hey, Wendle :D
.... hope you bring your camera :)

16th Jan 2009, 21:21

Wendle says:

I might be too busy smashing windows, but i'll try ;)

16th Jan 2009, 21:34

Jane Doe says:

Billy Bragg?

16th Jan 2009, 21:43

MaggieD says:

Mmmm, Wendle, to I detect anarchist tendencies ? I am a constructive socialist :)

16th Jan 2009, 21:46

Wendle says:

Tendencies, yes; but i don't like labels.

16th Jan 2009, 21:50

MaggieD says:

JD, not Billy Bragg ....

Wendle, I like to stand up and be counted .... :)

16th Jan 2009, 22:09

factotum says:

Great photo of a quiet revolutionary!

17th Jan 2009, 13:18

Wendle says:

Maggie, that's what the census is for. I want action :)

17th Jan 2009, 14:15

Joe says:

Great stuff Maggie, and sign me up, this country needs a good uprising :)

17th Jan 2009, 15:44

swamprose says:

A fine photo, that one.

Whenever I am back at the barricades here, I know you are over there, doing the same thing. Funny old moblog, isn't it?

19th Jan 2009, 19:46

JokerXL says:

Great stuff Maggs!
I would've gone for Billy Bragg too, have to have another think on that one, would love to see you tucking into Sprocket's hat.

24th Jan 2009, 08:52

MaggieD says:

Thank you Joe,

Swamprose, when I meet up with my friend Clare, which I do on all the demos, I immediately think of you, Clare and I have been friends for over 30 years, I have only known you online for one tenth of that time, but I know you are there in spirit everytime I take to the streets .....

Joker, think Scotland, think the 'murder' capital city, think who brought me here ....

24th Jan 2009, 21:10

Thankyou Maggie, a fine and entertaining read. I must now go and make toast and marmite.

6th Feb 2009, 22:50

OJ says:

Factotum, once again, says what I was thinking.

The quiet revolutionary. It's a great shot of you MaggieD - and some interesting answers.

I wish your friend with cancer some strength and good luck. My loved ones are being far too unlucky with health (cancer, heart attacks) at the moment so I can empathise.

16th Feb 2009, 14:38

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