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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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1. Where are you? Tell us the story that got you there.
I was born in Berlin, Germany (the ugly side, but we escaped before they made me learn Russian or wear blue uniforms...). To be able to afford fashion school in I worked as a Berlin-to-London coach tour guide for over four years (with the odd Italy, Spain and France tours). That was the most exhausting job I ever had- I always had 50 tourists following me around asking questions. A lot of questions. I never had any time to discover the London outside of Tower Bridge and Big Ben. I loved it though since I first came here when I was 15 and sneaked into that shitty tourist disco Equinox using a (bad) fake ID. Eventually I decided to get some retail job and live here for half a year. Just to find out how it is. Now it’s been nearly three years. Oh well...

2. Why do you Moblog? And which of the posts on your Moblog are your favorite?
I am obsessed with memories. When I was 12 I started keeping a diary. I have about 35 books (am still too embarrassed to read some of them), 5 video tapes (had a sharp look back then), 2 audio tapes and thousands of printed out e-mails- all hidden in Berlin. When I came to London I decided to blog publically to keep my friends and family up to date. Now I have one blog for words and one for pictures- simple!
My favourite posts? All the ones of happy times- like this one or this one.

3. If you could take a year off, what would you do with it.
Travel. I love Asia. I would like to take care of baby tigers in Malaysia and film a documentary about it. Wouldn’t mind looking after baby elephants in Vietnam though.
Note to self: Find out whether there are any elephants in Vietnam.

4. If money, transportation and reservations did not need to be considered, where would you be having dinner tonight? What would you eat?
I would be sitting at a floating restaurant at Taman Negara in Malaysia. It is the most amazing place I have ever been to. Next time I will wear leech-proof-gear though. They have trees, funny animals, mountains and rivers and if you go outside the tourist season it will be rewardingly calm. Don’t get me wrong though- I don’t really like Asian food and they have nothing for vegetarians apart from boiled green leaves and rice, so I would have someone fly in some Italian creamy pasta dish with broccoli and feta.

5. What do you actually do all day long?
I have a pretty boring life really. I get up at 9 in the morning, catch a bus at 10am, have a cinnamon whirl, arrive at the office at 10:45, pretend to be managing online gaming communities, actually play a lot of Pool and Bubble Town all day long, lock the doors and leave at 8pm, take the bus home, cook some dinner (sometimes I get dinner cooked), watch some telly and fall asleep at 11pm (am a very tired person).
On the weekends I get up late(r), take care of my plants, wash clothes, have a bath, skype with my mum and spend money on cosmetics, food, soil, drinks and some clothes from time to time. I like going out even though I am starting to get annoyed by loud music and drunks and I never get past East London because I hate it if I can’t (potentially) walk home.

6. What trait do you most dislike in yourself and what trait do you most dislike in others?
Dislike? In myself? Is crooked toe nails a trait? If yes I also dislike it in others.

7. What's your motto? Your tagline? Your favourite saying?
My favourite saying is “Palim palim but that doesn’t really mean anything. My motto. I don’t know.
We live in a world where everyone’s highest priority is being happy- we constantly question the places we live in, the relationships we have, the jobs we do because we have too many possibilities in life. It’s called “die Qual der Wahl” in German. If I wanted to be a kettle farmer in Australia I am sure that I could become just that. Or equally I could teach art to children in Paraguay. Or I could just stop asking myself what I might be missing out on and be happy with what I have and do. And if I am not then I can still change it, right?
I like to get excited about the first strawberries on my balcony or about stats day at work and I am definitely looking forward to what experiences I’ll have in the future.
I should print that out and stick it to my mirror. So should you!

8. What is your strongest memory from childhood?
Being in Sweden in a huge red wooden house in the middle of nowhere. No water, no electricity, just lakes and saunas and reindeer and the biggest raspberry bushes in the universe (always look inside your raspberries before putting them in your mouth!!!). Me and my dad went to some tiny peninsula with a rowing boat when a small-ish (big enough) cyclone hit us. We ducked inside the boat (on land) and got spun around several times. Very shaky knees, very strong memory.

9. What movie have you most often recommended to others and why, or what's your favorite movie?
I have to say that I usually don’t like movies. I get bored with them very quickly. Same with books. I love documentaries though- preferably about travelling or animals or fashion.
I don’t think I have a favourite movie. Forrest Gump was alright. And Moonwalker. And You and me and everyone I know.
I certainly recommended High School Musical to a lot of friends. Some of them even watched it.

10. Of all the places you have travelled or lived, is there one in particular that you think everyone should see some time in their lives, and why?
Berlin. Because it is the best place I have ever been to (I think I also said that about Malaysia). It’s got a great mix of cultures, incredible parties, an interesting history, the best kebabs, it’s cheap, the weather isn’t too bad and you can meet my friends and cat there.

Conversely, is there one you never want to see again?
Jena in Germany is pretty bad but I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place I really hated.

Posted by Judo-Jule

24th Apr 2009, 21:35  


Judo-Jule says:

creepy crawlers!

24th Apr 2009, 22:38

Puddlepuff says:

YeeY gonna read it tomorrows.... to tired to focus at the screen,

24th Apr 2009, 22:56

JokerXL says:

Lovely interview JJ
and I'm sure Vietnam is overflowing with baby elephants.

25th Apr 2009, 07:08

Viv says:

Didn't recognise you from the photo - but really do like the change of image and only had to read the first few words to know it was you of course.

Love your reply to question 7 - got the modern dilemna totally summed up there.

Interesting interview thanks for sharing

25th Apr 2009, 16:39

MaggieD says:

Love that pic .....

Really enjoyed this interview ....

If you love Asia (especially SE Asia) then I can highly recommend a visit to Cambodia. I have spent a lot of time there over the years (working on education projects since the late 1990's) ... it has changed over the years but a visit to Siem Reap (the temples of Angor Wat) despite it's recent commercialisation is still worth a visit .... let me know if you plan to go there and I will be happy to give you some tips etc. ........ oh yes and there are elephants in Cambodia :)

25th Apr 2009, 17:27

nige says:

I'm with Viv on your answer to number seven. Thats my food for thought today.

25th Apr 2009, 17:40

Alfie says:

Things that even *I* didn't know! It's rare that you post long text based entries anywhere in English, and your wit and charm really show through. You should write more!

25th Apr 2009, 20:14

Puddlepuff says:

Was it the "crooked toe nails" you didn't know yet? ;)

25th Apr 2009, 21:59

Dhamaka says:

Great interview JJ - Alfie's right about your wit

26th Apr 2009, 15:55

taniwha says:

Thanks JJ. I got quite a different sense of you from this interview than from your blog.

26th Apr 2009, 20:51

agree with taniwha, thank you!

27th Apr 2009, 23:46

Judo-Jule says:

thanks for your comments!

mandy- i dint grow up in sweden- i am berlin through and through. we spent a few weeks there on holidays when i was about 8.

maggie- cambodia is definitely on the list of places i want to see. its just sooo long...

alfie- you know that i am a fan of writing in german- it is just so much easier. i feel like i cant express what i want to in english. and i have to look up words from time to time. brrr.

28th Apr 2009, 16:46

factotum says:

So should we! Yes.

29th Apr 2009, 02:14

OJ says:

Well your frustration about expressing yourself doesn't come through. You do so very well.

I'm fascinated that you have so many memories stored. Think of the archives for future scholars. Stick that on your mirror :)

1st May 2009, 20:22

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