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The Randomiser Interview #5 – Bruce Lawson

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So the randomiser continues to randomise and it just seems to get better – this week I hassle Opera web evangelist Bruce Lawson.
So what are you waiting for? Read on!

Random email interview number 5 – Bruce Lawson

With lucky numbers 5, 8, 9, 22, 3, 2, 6, 4, 20 and 16
Lets get started!
First things first describe yourself in a tweet – 140 characters – Go!

Passionate about communication. Poetry-reading, music-loving,
itchy-footed, kickboxing husband and father. Lover of crap jokes. Short.

On with the answering!

1.(Question 5) – Are you a sports fan and who do you follow/support?

Not really. I took up kickboxing when I hit 40 as good food, middle-age
and stopping smoking had caused me to expand, and because having lived in Thailand for 4 years, I’d become interested in the sport. I suppose I support my daughter, as she does it too and is much better than me (she has medals and trophies)

2.(Question 8 ) – What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on?

Last Xmas when we went to my inlaws right up in Northern Thailand was pretty good. I had cow placenta soup for breakfast on Xmas day (not as nice as it sounds: making of video and I cooked roast dinner for 28 over and open fire and 2 gas rings.

3.(Question 9) – What’s your favourite album?

“Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine. A perfect record. It spoiled the 1990s for me by coming out in 1991 and being best album of the decade.

4.(Question 22) – If you had to ‘become’ any application for the day on
your Mac or PC, which would you be and why? And what would you spend the day doing?
(added by Grace Smith)

I’d be a browser. It’s all I really use my computer for (well, I listen to
mp3s as well). I’d spend the day just marvelling at the world’s photos,
bad poetry, music and and thoughts. The idea that I can access a whole planet of information and communication from my home was sci-fi only 15 years ago and it still knocks me out.

5.(Question 3) – Who’s your favourite movie star?

Anyone in Some Like It Hot. And Konnie Huq, who’s a TV presenter not a movie star, and she’s a favourite for completely non-artistic reasons.

6.(Question 2) – Where are you from and what’s the best thing about it?

I’m from Birmingham in the UK. It’s where the industrial revolution began. Because of this, it’s not beautiful but it’s industrious, with a sense of humour and a lack of pretension. (I rather hope the same description can be used about me!). Unfortunately, the local accent is mocked by the rest of the UK; it’s shorthand for dim-witted and naive. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be an actor and was advised to lose my accent. I took elocution lessons, and feel a little bit like I turned my back on my roots.

7.(Question 6) – What’s your favourite TV series?

I’m a mug for Lost. Even though Konnie Huq isn’t in it.

8.(Question 4) – What was the first computer you owned?

A no-name PC which I bought in 2001 when I returned to the UK. But I
learned in 1980 when the school got a Challenger C2 from the USA. It has Microsoft Basic, 8K ROM and 8K RAM. I wrote some great games on it.

9.(Question 20) – What’s your drink of choice?

Day time: black coffee, Turkish tea. night: Guinness, Laphroaig whisky.
Make it a double, please.

10.(Question 16 ) – If there was a film of your life who should play you?

Patrick Lauke ( as people always mistake us for each other.

And the all important final question – what question do you want to add to the question bank?

Who was your first kiss, in what circumstances?

(I still remember mine: My first ever girlfriend Samantha Brown,
Birmingham, 1978 (aged 12).)

And so the question bank continues to grow and thanks to Bruce for a great interview – should I ever bump into Konnie Huq I will put in a good word for you ;-).
You can catch up with Bruce on twitter @brucel or on his personal site at and if you get chance to watch him speak anywhere (like here I would recommend going along and buying him a Guinness.