1. Leave me a comment saying, 'Interview me'.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
My questions from mintogrubb:
1) Apart from being a military historian, you are also into fan
fiction. Which fandoms do you follow, and why do you find these ones appealing?
I'm more of a fanfic writer than a reader. I probably own no more than a dozen zines. I don't read a lot of fiction in general. My first fandom was Blake's 7. This is a special fandom for me. There was something dark and horrific in the show that struck a chord. And probably no fandom has better fans. My second fandom was Xena: Warrior Princess. This was a fabulous show! It had wonderful feminist and queer sensibilities. It was totally subversive. It broke all the rules. It had great fans. It's also quite dead at the present time.
2) If you could time travel back and meet your younger self at any age in the past, what would you tell yourself about life?
I don't have "a life". It's probably at my sister's place. A lot of my things are down there.
the Time Machine you had in Q.2 will also let you move through space
*and* time. You can go back to anywhere and talk to anyone you wish (we
will even sort out any language barriers you may encounter). Would you
attempt to change the course of history in any way? You are allowed a
maximum of 3 attempts.
Go back to the morning of 11 September 2001 and phone in a series of tip-offs.
4)UK politics is dominated by affairs in the USA and mainland Europe, as well as affairs at home. As an Australian, you have a unique geographical perspective and a wealth of info on what goes on. What is your personal take on global politics - particularly the emergence of India and China as economic and military powers in world affairs?
The emergence of China as a major economic power will certainly be the driving economic force in the Asian region for some time to come. It not only has economic ties throughout the region but cultural ones as well. My big fear is that the country will be swept by mass hysteria as it was in the 1960s. Australia tends to look northwards towards Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
5)What are your thoughts about Britain, the British nation and its place in the world?
The UK is a part of the G-8 (albeit the second smallest, ahead of only Canada), the EU and the UN Security Council. There's a limit to what small nations like ours can do one their own but if we several of pitch in together a great deal can be accomplished.