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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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On August 21st The Fight For The Future Begins.


1. If you do it all again, knowing what you know now, would you change anything ?

Hell……….. Yes! I’d keep repeating the good bits.

And the smart answer to this is I wouldn’t know what I know now if I hadn’t had the experiences I‘ve had. But there is one thing I would change if it meant it wouldn’t change anything else except itself ? Does that make sense ?

We all reach various points in our lives where it doesn’t matter what choices or decisions we make, we still end up at a turning point/ change of direction, forced or chosen. Faced with a big life changing decision and no idea which road to travel.
I’m getting much better, but I used to find decision making incredibly difficult. I could see too many perspectives, too many consequences , but most of all I hated the idea that making one decision meant I might miss out on something else!



2. What great adventure are you still waiting to have ?

I have resisted the temptation to smugly say “isn’t life one big adventure” ?……………

I’d still really like to be a Spaceman, yeah, yeah, but I’m apparently too old ?; too unfit; and too ill. Like that would stop me.

Thinking of going storm chasing at some point when the youngest ones are bigger, walking into the volcano at the edge of the rift valley, swimming the English channel, oh yeah (you’ll like this one Twiglet ) I’m also planning on being the very first Female Dr Who!!!!!!

Walks away stroking chin……………………………….................................................
I so wanted to be amusing and put world domination

3. Do you have a faith or religion ?

I was born a Catholic. Guilt, guilt and more guilt.

4. One book, one song, one movie and tell us why.

Hard, hard question: Book/s: D.H.Lawrence ‘Sons and Lovers’, I read this as a very young woman and it moved me in a way I recognised but had never realised but didn’t really understand till much later in life ; Iris Murdoch’s ‘The Sandcastle’ so many reasons I’m not sure I would want to go into here. Too many books.

Music: impossible to pin down to just one song. I, tend to see my life, past, present and future with a musical soundtrack already playing. Certain songs hold this remarkable ability to take me right back ‘there’ it makes me sigh heavily and once again feel all those emotions…...…………………….........

There are songs I just can’t listen too even now

But some faves: ‘Scar tissue’ Chilli Peppers; Pink Floyd, ‘ Wish you were here’ ; David Bowie, ‘Kooks’; Marc Bolan and T Rex ‘Children of the revolution’;

Movies: I’ll give you a list ? The Matrix (rather obviously), The Crow, Dracula, Point Break, Being there, M. Heulot’s holiday, Altered States, The Hunger, Any of the Pink Panther films, Cat People, The Thing, The Blues Brothers, it’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world, Ferris Beullers day off, Labyrinth, Gothic,

5. What person past or present would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?

Leonardo Da Vinci
“could he solve a couple of mysteries for me”?

6. What would be your dream meal and who would you share it with ?

Not sure about this one. I have a love hate relationship with food. Unfortunately I acquired anorexia when I was 17, (a very long and as yet unfinished story way too complicated for here - see question 1.)

Clearly I’m not skinny now!!!! (having lots of children is my excuse here)

For starters, wild mushrooms, stuffed, or in a risotto, Monkfish for the main, with tons of slightly boiled veg and homemade Tiramsu! Yep boring.

Who would I share it with ? Well 540 of course……………! but if he was unavailable, Marc Bolan or Brandon Lee, which of course would be a bit tricky as they are both no longer of this world and may be a little lacking in substance. Might be a bit smelly as well.


7. What is your favourite season and why ?

Is it boring to say you like them all ? Oddly spring is my least favourite (probably says a lot about me) I like the passion of summer and winter and the laid back ‘chill’ of the autumn. By chill I mean mellow.



8. If you had to draw a Moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to and why ?

Well in no particular order, so as not to show favouritism,

Beth, she wont realise this but at the moblog 2nd Birthday party she came up to me gave me a big hug and said hello, I suddenly felt very included ( I still had to ask 540 who she was though! )

Caine, just wish I could photograph nature the way she does, I am always in awe. And she’s an artist

Euphro, who points his camera at anything almost as much as I do in fact at shoot London we spent a lot of time shooting at each other. But also because he nearly always knows the answer to a question.. Oh and most importantly I envy the job he has.

Jane Doe, met her along while back now at the ‘were not afraid’ gig and turned out she was going to the very same university I had been to years before

Swamprose, we are kindred spirits and I wish we lived nearer; wild and free!

Tori, I loved ’slice of life’ her blog often said how I was feeling and her posts were some of the most creative;

Nige, It has to be said I have learnt a tremendous amount from both looking at Nige’s photography and actually watching him at work so to speak, including lying on the floor at the first shoot London right in the middle of the doorway to County Hall!; oh that and his bright green t-shirt, we couldn’t loose him cos we could see him or hear that wonderful laugh!

Facto, love her take on stuff and her sculpture. And so much more.

Dhamaka, Had a wonderful conversation with her at ‘We’re not afraid’ , love our coffee conversations, admire her sheer energy!

MaggieD, we share similar politics and her posts are just ACE

JokerXL, was so very kind to me some time back now when I was chuffing about one of my brood him and Paintist really helped. Plus he’s an absolute nut .

Paintist, I first met her and Mr P at their house. He asked me what I thought about ‘all this’ I confirmed I had my reservations!

Sprocket, He is sooooooooooooooo sensitive, particularly in ‘that’ Hat.

QSS, So gentle and great bubble picture blower!!!!

Filbert Fox & Baggie Boy, She collects buttons, what can I tell you !!!!!!!

Twiglet, we’ve been here before! I love our not so Saturday night , now conversations and her total understanding of my choice of music!

ViV, hit it off when we ordered a pint!

Spike, his photography hit’s a spot J and we kind of feel the same way about image (that is self image - which will have him laughing now as I’ve sold out!)

Spiderbaby the first time I spoke with her at Paintist ‘s she explained she was a scientist………… need I know more ?
And hobo, rick Shitake…………..

(actually you should probably come look at my installation). cor…. sycophantism…………eh!

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I’m really scared I’m going to miss someone off the list and they will think I don’t like, care, think of them! Actually this has been the hardest question to answer. This is the bit that has taken me so long!
Alfie, Essitam, Steve,

And of course my long suffering husband 540!
Oh shit I just know I am going to have missed someone really obvious……………..PLEASE PLEASE FORGIVE ME………….

9. What’s wrong with the world today ?

Why is there something wrong with it then ? Gosh I’ve been away for longer than I thought. He he he.

Probably nothing that hasn’t been wrong for generations. I think it does rather depend on your perspective. History continues to repeat itself, it’s a human condition. You would think that all the kudos we give ourselves for being the top of the evolutionary tree might make us a little less disingenuous to the other species that inhabit this planet and indeed to each other. That said I think there is a lot good about the world too.

Short answer : Self interest, selfishness, greed, assumed wealth, materialism, blah, blah, blah,



10. What and where is your favourite place ?

On top of a cliff by the sea in a ruined castle in a remote location, where once I used to live many, many hundreds of years ago. it’s a beautifully lonely place full of exciting memories and long lost loves!

OH ……..and where does this find me ? On my A**e typing frantically cos I started this last week when Craft asked me ( the basket- only joking) still trying to strangle yahoooooooooooooooooooooo
Have now had glass of wine, ( gonna regret that in the morning) you have to be so sick of my brackets by now ? still need to finish notes for Beth. And sew labels in kids uniforms, put another load of washing on, tidy up from dinner, phone Mum see if Dad’s okay, check that text message that just came in, Shit forgot to pay a bill! Check who just fell off the trampoline, “ where’s my white shirt ?” need it for this evening, “ Mum can I borrow some money for fags” ? , I’ll be in late can you leave a key under the mat” ?; “can I have a cuddle ?” “ mummy, I don’t like you wearing those clothes it scares me”…………… “ Four things: Can I have ice-cream, can I phone my friend to organise for next week ?” Thank you darling for sorting out the text stuff, and thanks for testing the ice-cream you tell me its delicious………………

Oh

And

Mum…….



why did you give my baby away ?

Whooooooooo u ooooooooooooooooo

Puts the ear pugs in…………… listening to……………INTERVIEW 52







Posted by Strange little girl

21st Aug 2009, 21:10  

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Twiglet says:

Oh what fun you are Lou! I love question 2 (shades of Easy Rider) and I love, I repeat LOVE your answer to question 9. I'm going to have to read it again and again...
Edited for spelling

21st Aug 2009, 21:28

540air says:

What to say? Fantasticly interesting read, as you can tell by the lack of noise coming from my direction :)

21st Aug 2009, 21:33

See Twigs Easy rider is another fav film!..............................................

Q 9. true though isn't it ?

21st Aug 2009, 21:40

OH and I forgot to say 'Blade Runner' is probably my most fav ( nearly) of all film ever!!!!

The Sheer emptyness....................

21st Aug 2009, 22:10

Viv says:

Got to say 'absolutely fabulous' you are so vibrant and that was a great moblog day when we first met at Paintist's and chatted as though we had known each other for ages and enjoyed that wonderful beer! Your passions reach out you made me want to laugh - I did - and cry - not quite
you're great x
and as for the picture and the scaring your children in those clothes :))) brill

21st Aug 2009, 23:28

Thanks VIv Love You :-)

22nd Aug 2009, 00:26

nige says:

I just love your answer to number 9 too, and i'm glad i made your cut for number 8! It's a true joy having you here and I wish there were more hours in the day so that you could be here even more.

22nd Aug 2009, 01:37

swamprose says:

yes, SLG..... to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free....

love that photo.

22nd Aug 2009, 03:19

Caine says:

I'm glad you don't take photos like I do. I enjoy the way you see things very much. :)

22nd Aug 2009, 04:02

queserasara says:

Oh Lou how I love you. This made me smile, think & laugh out loud. I feel privileged to be included in your extended family. Love no. 9 & your descriptions of the mobloggers. Keep posting, & let's catch up soon. QSSx

22nd Aug 2009, 06:23

JokerXL says:

You're a true star SLG, one of the "good'uns".

Keep doing what you're doing, the world's a better place for it.

(you sure about ALL the Pink Panther films? That last one with Steve martin was an absolute stinker!)

22nd Aug 2009, 11:44

Dhamaka says:

brilliant interview SLG, thanks for including me and I luuurvvveee your sense of humour, books and film choices

22nd Aug 2009, 12:14

beth says:

I remember meeting you well and what I said too. :)

22nd Aug 2009, 12:45

Thanks Nige, you have been one of the people on here who have educated me and inspired my photography.

SW Thanks, I have a mental image in my head now - it would make a great shot ! You too have been a huge inspiration

Caine thanks :-) but I am always amazed at your shots , but you are right, it is great that there is such a variety of subject matter posted here at moblog

Thank you so much joker the feeling's mutual. And yes youare right about the completely crap pink panther with steve martin. Some of your posts have given me the best laughs and food for thought.

D , how could I not have included you, I've bent your ear about a great many things and you have listened, I am in admiration of your energy and desire for challenge, I also love your photos of The dance you always manage to capture the passion and those other little nuances

GF Thanks :-) its a bit of a paradox isnt it, if we change something we neccessarily change everything. The good thing is he is now in my life and we have time to catch up.

Edit: GF your photo's too have inspired and amazed me.

22nd Aug 2009, 12:56

I'm Glad Beth, it really did make a difference at the time I felt like afish out of water

22nd Aug 2009, 12:57

Dhamaka says:

earbending is what friends are for
thanks
x

22nd Aug 2009, 14:17

glad to make you laugh AF

My pleasure GF :-)

D :-)

22nd Aug 2009, 15:31

JokerXL says:

I'm with AF, scary photo, "SLG goes postal"

22nd Aug 2009, 16:22

me, never, I wont even kill a spider

22nd Aug 2009, 16:34

Spiderbaby says:

Love the photo! Very cool, but then I am a safe distance away form any postal-related events ;)
Great interview too :)

22nd Aug 2009, 17:45

thanks spiderbaby

22nd Aug 2009, 18:58

swamprose says:

okay. it's a date. we bring the boombox (old skool but cool) and we down. be afraid, everyone, we might invite you too.

22nd Aug 2009, 19:58

cariadus says:

That is a scary photo :)

Love the choice of books and music. Going to have that Kooks song in my head now (Hunky Dory is one of my favourite albums). Also with you on Scar Tissue and WYWH.

I love reading all these interviews, it's great to get some background on other mobloggers.

22nd Aug 2009, 22:32

Sprocket says:

*waves and hugs

:-)

23rd Aug 2009, 22:44

Spike says:

hahaha. nice one. a great read too

23rd Aug 2009, 23:20

FilbertFox says:

I am expandng my collections to dust and cobwebs. Oh and cat hairs.

You are a crazy crazy lady, and that is how we all like it

24th Aug 2009, 10:25

Wendle says:

I can't believe i've only just got to this!
Great interview and awesome photo! :)

25th Aug 2009, 07:43

Tori says:

That portrait really stands out, although so many of yours do. So much creativity.

29th Aug 2009, 16:18

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