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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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1. Where are you currently and why? Where would you rather be on an ideal day in an ideal world?
Currently in my office in Louth in Lincolnshire, I'm here because [short answer: It's where I work, I am a freelance web developer] [Long answer: We moved to rural Lincolnshire from Leeds so that my daughter could attend my Mum's Nursery/School which is about 15 miles away from here and is one of, if not the best Montessori education establishment in the country, I may be biased, but OfSTED agree.]
I'd rather be, in a quiet, dimly lit bar with a good Mojito and the company of friends.

2. Tell us your moblog story, how did it all begin for you, what purpose does Moblog have for you?
I found moblog (via google) when it was just a wee youngster and initially I saw it as a place to dump the pictures I took with my new cameraphone. It didn't take long for me to realise though, that the people here were of a very special ilk and it is those people and their humour/intelligence/photography skillz that have kept me coming back. It's a little more difficult to follow what everyone is doing here nowadays, the site moves a lot faster now than it did then, but it is no less fun or addictive than it was in 2004. Moblog has given me so much, from support, to prais, to proper, life long friendships with people I respect and love deeply...that and an EPIC 30th birthday party :)

3. What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a racing driver. My Dad was a petrol head of the highest order, and my Mum also has a passion for fast and beautiful cars, I have enduring memories of being about 5 or 6 and going for long and extremely fast drives on the winding country roads of Lincolnshire with my Dad in his Alfasud. "This is a proper driver's car" he used to say. My car purchases were no doubt informed by these experiences, the cars I've owned reads like a boy racers dream from a Renault 5 GT Turbo, to my current Subaru Impreza, I've always bought "driver's cars". I used to kart a lot, and soon realised that I had nowhere near enough talent to drive professionally, but I still have a fantasy of driving in the Gumball or something similar one day.

4. Name three things you would change in your life that would make you happier?
1)I'd move all the Leeds crew to Louth (I miss you all so much)
2)I'd get fit (I hate exercise)
3)Profit.

5. You know your food, noshninjas etc. What's your favourite meal? Or what was your most awesomest eating experience evar?
Hmmm thats a tough question. I think my fave dish to cook is lasagne. I can easily take 8 hours over it.

As for eating experience, my absolute fave restaurant in the whole universe is The Star at Harem. If you're ever in North Yorkshire and feel like eating some of the best food england has to offer, check it out. My younger brother and his fiancée are having their wedding reception there this summer...I can't wait.

6. Drums or bass?
I've played drums but never bass, therefore I must select the former, though surely one is not the same without the other?

7. What's your motto? Your tagline? Your favorite saying?
Gosh there are so many, I love quotations, and have a special love for Oscar Wilde's outbursts of unadulterated genius.
"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" is a particular favourite. Though I think for my motto I have to look to the great Keith Moon with "Sleep is for wankers."

8. Any favourite words of wisdom or life lessons to impart? The sort of thing that Leila can expect to hear when dad's laying heavy knowledge down on her eager mind? Not those sort of life lessons you filthy hound, this is a family interview.
It's funny, I always thought I'd have come up with a list of these by the time I became a dad, but I haven't.
I hope that Leila is a little less like I was as a child, and more like her mum was.
As a former skateboarder "look after your knees, you'll miss those when they're gone" springs to mind.

Or although I'll no doubt live to regret saying it, "question everything."

Oh and "don't eat yellow snow."

9. So it's Desert Island Discs time and we're now choosing that one record that remains after the hypothetical storm. What is that one record?
You are evil, this is so impossibly difficult to answer...I'd probably give a different response on any given day, right now I'd say The K&D; sessions by Kruder and Dorfmeister. It's one of the few albums I own that I've never really gotten bored with at any point. Failing that it would be Every Last Time by Gameface.

10. Of all the places you have traveled or lived, is there one particular place that feels most significant?
Leeds. I love Leeds, it is by some considerable margin, the best city on earth, and anyone who disagrees is either from Manchester or wrong. I miss it. Lincolnshire will always be home for me though, coming back was like putting on old shoes, I know all the shortcuts and backroads...and we make the best sausages in the world here.

Posted by Joe

30th May 2009, 00:04  

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factotum says:

#8 You will not regret it!

30th May 2009, 01:03

nige says:

Good job man. Glad to see something from you as you're so rarely on here these days! A genuine treat, matey :)

30th May 2009, 10:08

great interview and it's lovely to read your thoughts

and I'm going to borrow *all* of your quotes, especially the knees one

30th May 2009, 19:57

beth says:

Jolly good, now I wonder who is next...

1st Jun 2009, 00:04

sweet my man!

1st Jun 2009, 15:44

Spiderbaby says:

Ah, that's a good interview :)
I'm right there with you about the sausages. Lincolnshire's the place for that alright. And Leeds too, A very special place. Good stuff.

2nd Jun 2009, 04:36

Spiderbaby says:

Ah, that's a good interview :)
I'm right there with you about the sausages. Lincolnshire's the place for that alright. And Leeds too, A very special place. Good stuff.

2nd Jun 2009, 04:37

nige says:

Come on, 'fess up. Who's responsible for this next-interview tardiness? JOE!

8th Jun 2009, 07:55

Viv says:

and a week on - still no claimant for the spotlight!

12th Jun 2009, 11:32

nige says:

Just mailed him. COME ON JOE!

12th Jun 2009, 13:13

Joe says:

I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry

I've been without internet access :( I've mailed the next person.

12th Jun 2009, 14:42

nige says:

You da man!

12th Jun 2009, 16:16

xstar(xstar1358-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

i dont know enytings
but know like blonde

6th Aug 2009, 08:40

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