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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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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

This finds me in Pembrokeshire, where I have lived with my family for just over 5 years, having moved out here from the lost city of Leicester, where I had been "passing through" for 25 years. Prior to that I spent my formative years in the wonderful county of Yorkshire, a place to which I would love to return.

Why do you moblog?

I was introduced to Moblog a couple and a half years ago by my friend The Tedster, who seemed to give up moblogging soon after I started. I continued because I enjoyed the comments my photos were receiving, and I also enjoyed the glimpses of other lives which moblog continually provides. One of the early "friends" I made on Moblog was Neutropenic Alex, and if anyone brought home to me the value of moblogging, he did!

What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?

My age

Now answer it!

49 and a day

What is the most memorable thing you've ever had happen to you?

Children. Until I was 40 I was young, free and single. 9 years later I'm a broken old man with 4 children who can't afford a drink problem or a drug habit. Please give generously!

Who has been an inspiration to you? Why?

Tony Benn, a true Socialist, still.

What book would you recommend to your fellow mobloggers to read and why?

The Bible, and the complete works of Robert Burns.
Way back in the 90's, when I were a professional poet, I was booked to "do" a Burns Night. I tried to turn it down on the basis that I'm not Scottish, but the Braunstone Town Councillors were having none of it, so I went awa', and selected 6 Burns poems to perform. I did not even attempt a Scottish accent, so it's probably the only time the works of Robert Burns have been read in a Yorkshire Accent. There was a proper pipe band (all the way from Ashby-de-la-Zouche) and a lovely supper of Haggis wi'tatties and neeps, and the night was an unqualified success. At the end, as everything was being packed away, a very old lady came up and thanked me for "bringing Burns to life". She spoke very softly in a Scots accent. A year or so later I was talking to a friend called Clive Brett, who had been Mayor of Braunstone Town at the time of the concert. The old lady had been his mother, and had passed away not long after the concert. The only books she had ever owned in her long life had been the Bible and the collected works of Robert Burns.
Around that time also, something terrible and traumatic happened to me and a wonderful hospital Chaplain, Rev. Michael Forster, helped me through, and gave me a Bible.

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

My bike. I'm still riding it.

Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head?

You're not alone in your head very often when you have children, but, like Hari before me, I'm alone in my head when I cycle, which is one of the main reasons it is my sole form of transport.

If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be linked to, and how?

I've met a few mobloggers in the flesh; the Pandairos in Crewe, and a healthy dollop of the Yorkshire Chapter in Leeds, along with Sir Findo Gask and SWMBO, who'd travelled all the way from Stoke! (wherever that may be). There are other mobloggers I'd like to meet, and hopefully I shall do one day. Being out on a limb in Pembrokeshire, one can feel a bit cut off sometimes. It's funny, but I have a very real fear of meeting new groups of people - I go through agonising panic attacks whenever I have to sit on a committee or anything similar, but meeting mobloggers isn't quite so intimidating. I'm hopefully going to be in London for a Sustrans meeting sometime in October, so hopefully I'll get to meet some of the southern chapter then if time allows.
I think I'm linked by a bikechain to 540air, Harimanjaro, Nige, Taniwha, Filbert Fox & Baggieboy, Dookerdoo, Toddy, Dhamaka... keep the pedals spinning, guys'n'gals!

Posted by parabolichobo

18th Sep 2008, 21:12   | tags:


taniwha says:

Lovely interview Hobo. Thank you for sharing. Drop me a line if you're in London. It would be great to meet.

18th Sep 2008, 21:23

harimanjaro says:

Thanks also, Hobo. "Linked by a bike chain..." : I like that, once a a poet always a poet. Maybe - just maybe - I'll give Burns another go. I'm older and (hopefully) wiser now, maybe I'll get it this time.

I'm going to be in Devon early in October but if you find yourself in London in the latter part of the month I'll be happy to work on the drink problem with you.

19th Sep 2008, 01:13

IsFor says:

A thoughtful interview, Hobo- so, yes, thank you.

19th Sep 2008, 05:50

nige says:

great interview 'hobo.

19th Sep 2008, 10:31

queserasara says:

I love this group as it just opens small windows into the lives of all ouf moblog friends - great interview -

20th Sep 2008, 16:09

MaggieD says:

A really interesting interview .... please let me know if you are going to have some free time when in London (if it coincides with half term all the better, half term being the last week in October) ... would love to meet up (I am not in the least bit scary) ....

20th Sep 2008, 18:13

MaggieD says:

Oh yes and ace pic by the way, but I can tell you are not a serious cyclist, no sign of leg waxing there ;)

20th Sep 2008, 18:16

Essitam says:

I think Moblog meets aren't scary because you already know you've got something in common with the people you meet - if conversation stalls just hide behind - i mean talk about MOBLOG! so definitely meet with people when you're down London way!

20th Sep 2008, 23:38

great pic and great writing
thanks for sharing and I'm honoured to be in your friends list

24th Sep 2008, 18:38

taniwha says:

Actually Maggie is quite scary ...

... just kidding Maggie :-)

24th Sep 2008, 19:51

FilbertFox says:

Braunstone Town is where i was dragged up

30th Oct 2008, 16:23

does you know the civic cente? top of kingsway?

30th Oct 2008, 19:08

FilbertFox says:

Sure do, i used to walk up that way to school, before the centre was built. My mum, 2 of my brothers 1 of my sisters and my 4 nephews all live in Braunstone Town

30th Oct 2008, 20:03

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