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)
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