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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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Interview52: Paws for thought

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1. Where does this find you? Tell us the tail of how you got here.

At the moment I am to be found with my humans in the frozen north of Michigan, USA, on the Keweenaw Peninsula which sticks up into Lake Superior like an accusatory finger (or more likely a signpost) pointing at Canada. One of my humans is working here at the moment and the other one looks like she is mostly knitting...

I am here purely because of Moblog. Originally from China, my early years are a mystery to me. My first real memory was finding myself in a Headingley supermarket using what can only be my hip hop name "Cool Stuff". From there I was adopted by my humans, on the insistance of fellow Moblog people, to begin a new life. Since then I have travelled to far flung places, like Birmingham and America and met many interesting and lovely fellow Mobloggers along the way.

3. Do you consider yourself to be part of the pup-arazzi or are you an enthusiatic amateur?

For now I am very much the enthusiastic amateur, though if I were dogged enough (and let off the leash a little more) maybe I could run with the (press) pack...

4. Choose one CD, one book and one film to be stranded with on a desert island

This is difficult. So many to choose from... I think my favourite film would have to be The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, starring my hero - Gromit and his human sidekick. My book would probably be 'Only one woof' by James Herriot (I'm saving mine for a special occasion too). For music, it's so hard to choose, but I would probably take Handel's Messiah because it's a cracking good sing and can go on for what seems like days so it would be good value too :)

5. If you were to write an autobiography of your life, what would it’s title be?

If I were to have some hypnotic regression, it would be 'Freak Doggy Dog - the "Cool Stuff" years'. If not, then I would go for 'From Somerfield's to Summer Bay' - charting my journey from supermarket shelf to Australian soap stardom (it's got to happen one day). Or maybe "Smiling On The Inside".

6. If you could take a year off, what would you do with it?

To take a year off, I would first need something to take a year off from... So I would try to find a job. Failing that I would make a long list of things I wanted to learn, read, see and do. Then I would get side-tracked and not actually do any of them (or very few) but learn to knit and read Agatha Christie novels and just stare into space instead.

7. Which food could you not live without?

Before moving to America I thought it would be cheese I would miss most... Brie, Stilton, Wensleydale, cumin Gouda, a good cheddar... but I have been surprised (and not a little horrified) at how much I've come to love "EasyCheese" - cheese product in an aerosol spray can if you can let yourselves imagine such a thing. What's wrong with me?!? My humans have grown weak to it's power too, to the extent of buying another can!!!.

Seriously, there would be no kind of living without tea, but I don't class tea as a "food" as such. No, tea is an essential life fluid like blood and lymph (but more socially acceptable as a beverage).

8: If you were a human, which type of human would you be (eg. a singer, one of the Pointer Sisters for example)

I would be a cat person.

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

Sadly, the biggest problem facing Dogkind is also its greatest friend, the humans. From welfare issues such as those surrounding greyhound racing and poor discipline leading to abandonment and abuse, to habitat destruction and persecution of our wild cousins from the wolf to the African wild dog, to name but a few. The humans are also the only ones that can provide the solutions (and use the tin openers), so I would have to give them a long hard stare.

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

My humans will be taking me to live in Rhode Island again soon, so I'm looking forward to that. The knitting one will be starting gainful employment again once the paperwork is all sorted, so that will leave me more time to do what ever I want, uninterupted and unhindered. I'm looking forward to a visit from my beloved FilbertFox, who I miss very much, and the lovely BaggieBoy. In fact if anyone happens to be passing, please do pop in for a cup of tea :)

I won't know what will work out to be the most important thing though, not until all the things of the year have happened and can be assessed as objectively as possible. But I can be pretty sure tea and cake will be involved somewhere along the line.

Posted by Spiderbaby

23rd Jan 2009, 04:56   | tags:,


awww Freaky, what a fabulous interview . . . I find a good hard stare tends to solve most conflicts

failing that, mediation over tea and cake is always guaranteed success

23rd Jan 2009, 06:38

taniwha says:

I had to read this twice to tune in. Very nice. Cheese in a can seems very wrong.

23rd Jan 2009, 08:38

Puddlepuff says:

A talking dog,.. Hmpfmmm :)

cheese product in an aerosol spray can

Can you send me one? I would like to try cheese graffiti.

23rd Jan 2009, 08:50

FilbertFox says:

I miss you too freaky friend. Can you please promise that your humans will banish all that cheese in a can stuff before our visit? IT IS JUST WRONG

23rd Jan 2009, 09:10

nige says:

Haha. Interview with a toy dog - a first for Interview52!

Though I am curious; were you approached to do the interview, Spiderbaby, only to shift your responsibilities to Freakdog..? Hmmm...

23rd Jan 2009, 09:32

Essitam says:

Hey Interview 52 Freak Dog style -

I hope your humans are looking after you properly - Easycheese sounds awful and I'd hate to think they were force feeding you junk!!


23rd Jan 2009, 09:38

FilbertFox says:

Nige - I for one would rather read about Freakdog than Spiderbaby! And i reckon that goes for many of us.........

23rd Jan 2009, 11:13

nige says:

Yeah, I guess you're right...

23rd Jan 2009, 12:26

Helen says:

Aww Freak Dog, he's my hero.

23rd Jan 2009, 13:29

crickson says:

He's not a toy, Nige - HE'S REAL!

23rd Jan 2009, 14:13

nige says:


23rd Jan 2009, 14:19

Spiderbaby says:

Freakdog asks me to thank you all for your kind words (except Nige - how could you doubt him!). He has trouble typing himself on account of his stumpy little paws.

Puddlepuff - the cheese in a can comes in many flavours (or should I say flavors now...), though I would imagine there are strict EU laws against the import of such dangerous stuff. What if it caught on and people gave up making proper cheese??? It doesn't bear thinking about. I know it's wrong, and it's too late for us, but you have your whole cheese life ahead of you! Don't weaken now!

Nige, I think you'll find that MaggieD did approach me first but then thought better of it and requested Freakdog speak out instead, he is the brains of the operation after all :)

FF - I know my place.

23rd Jan 2009, 17:41

Viv says:

wonderful :)

23rd Jan 2009, 21:50

Viv says:

Glad to here you will be getting a bit of time to yourself Freakdog when you get back to Rhode Island - both humans busy again - a state you have not yet enjoyed... :)

23rd Jan 2009, 21:52

factotum says:

I'm sorry that you weren't asked all the truly embarrassing questions such as "what is your biggest regret?", "what question were you hoping not to be asked? (and now answer it!)", "Do you have any bad habits?", "Have you ever been called BAD dog!!! ?" et cetera.
I hope you won't miss the north Michigan thaw. All sorts of wonderful things are awaiting you under the snow!

24th Jan 2009, 00:22

JokerXL says:

Freak Dogg, you da Man!
. . . erm, Dog!

24th Jan 2009, 09:04

Dhamaka says:

this is perfect, thank you FreakDog and... nobody has told you how great your portrait is, so I'll tell you now!

24th Jan 2009, 16:04

MaggieD says:

Hahaha! I have been looking forward to this all week, and then on the given day, my internet went down!

Great interview, and I am using you as a model for perfecting my 'good hard stare' for disciplinary purposes .....

Oh yes, and I think that is a great portrait as well, please congratulate your knitting human on that rather fetching strawberry hat :)

24th Jan 2009, 17:08

minkey says:

Nice to know more about Freakdog :-0).

28th Jan 2009, 19:55

Oh cool. I've only just noticed the Interview52 moblog. Good interview!

Freakdog> if you and your humans are back in RI by the end of April I may try and wangle a visit. I'll be in New York for a conference.

28th Jan 2009, 21:11

Spiderbaby says:

We should all be there by then! You should definitely visit :) Be good to see you. What's the conference about?

29th Jan 2009, 16:37

nige says:

Has Freakdog approached his next victim? I missed my regular Friday installment!

2nd Feb 2009, 00:24

Spiderbaby says:

Sorry Sir. Many apologies. Yes the next victim has been approached and questioned, but we were a little late getting to them for last Friday, sorry. This time, just wait and see :)

4th Feb 2009, 00:20

JokerXL says:

Was wondering what'd happened, hope this doesn't grind to a halt.

5th Feb 2009, 17:22

taniwha says:

I agree Joker.

6th Feb 2009, 09:06

Spiderbaby says:

It's not! It's not! The next one is coming!
We had some email problems, I think I was being turned into spam each time I replied with the list of questions :( The next victim definitely has them now is working on them as we type. So sorry for the delay!

6th Feb 2009, 16:00

nige says:

Bloody Spiderbaby...


6th Feb 2009, 16:42

Jxl, nli says:

& hurumph


7th Feb 2009, 06:17

Spiderbaby says:

* sniff :(

7th Feb 2009, 16:56

Twiglet says:

Oi! Leave spiderbaby alone!

7th Feb 2009, 17:01

MaggieD says:

*Links arms with Twiglet in the defense of Spiderbaby*

7th Feb 2009, 17:36

Spiderbaby says:

Thanks guys :) I know I've been bad, but I am very sorry and the next one is coming, it really is!

7th Feb 2009, 17:38

Spiderbaby says:

And now it is here! Over to you TiliaAmericana! :)

7th Feb 2009, 19:42

nige says:

Sb got her act together.



8th Feb 2009, 10:15

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