Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part XXX: BaldockBaldrick

BaldockBaldrick is 27, just. He was born in Lancashire , went to university in the midlands and moved down south to be with his girlfriend.
He supports Manchester United and is one of only a handful who have actually been to watch them play live at Old Trafford. Though the last time was seven years ago when he lived near Manchester .
He writes. He would say for a living but it doesn’t pay much. To supplement his earnings he spends as little money as possible.
He passed his driving test last year and have not got any points on his license…yet.
He has a pet hamster, likes to whistle along to Radiohead songs (which kind of defeats the object of listening to them) and is a vegetarian. His blog is
The World According to BaldockBaldrick

What made you decide to start blogging?

I kept finding myself reading more and more blogs on newspaper websites and on blogging.com and I thought “what the hell, I’ll give it a go myself”. It’s proved to be very therapeutic so far.

What is your best blogging experience?

I’ve only been blogging about a month so I haven’t had that many. However the highlight would be working out how to find out how many people were looking at my blog each day. It’s important for two reasons. The first is to see if people are coming back to your site (which, thank God, they are). The second is an ego boost. We’re all vain.

And your worst?

I’ve not had any bad experiences. I get annoyed with Nadine Dorries’s blog. I’ve left a couple of comments on there but they never appear in the comments section. My comments are critical but not offensive. I’ve no idea why they don’t appear. Maybe she doesn’t like criticism.

What do you regard as your best blog entry?

This is my best blog - http://baldockbaldrick.blogspot.com/2007/05/hunt-for-fameoops-i-mean-maddie.html
I think journalists should report the news. They should not become the news. I think the desperation to find new angles on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann led some journalists to go over the top. This was the worst of them. It was an awful piece of journalism and an awful decision by the editor to go with it.

Favourite blogs?

The ones I read regularly include Guido and Iain Dale. I take both with a big pinch of salt, as you should when reading any blog including my own. I also like Daniel Finkelstein’s blog for The Times. I’m not a Murdoch fan but Finkelstein is the best of his writers.

Why Baldock Baldrick as a title?

I was watching Blackadder when I was starting up my blog – and I live in Baldock. I think it sounds quite funny. Can you imagine Baldrick writing a blog?

What started your interest in politics?

Oh, crikey. Not sure about that one. I studied politics at college and it certainly wasn’t that.
I’ve always thought of myself as a pragmatist when it comes to politics but the more I blog the more I am discovering what kind of political animal I am.
Next question…

How do you rate Kid A as an album?

A friend of mine thinks that if you take the best five songs from Kid A and the best five from Amnesiac then you would have the perfect album. I think he’s got a point. Kid A is a very good album..

Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?

I would like to take a journey on the Trans-Australian Railway, stopping off at various desert towns on the way. The thought of being on a train going through a scorching hot desert while watching kangaroos bounce alongside sounds like fun.

Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?

Barcelona – the greatest city on Earth (well, the best city I’ve been to so far).

Do you have a favourite political figure in history?

Alastair Campbell. Though not for the right reasons.

Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?

I don’t have one.

Favourite Bond movie?

Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig.

Favorite Doctor Who?

Christopher Ecclestone. I was never a big fan growing up.

Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?

What a strange questions. Urm, I prefer vanilla ice cream.

Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?

I guess it would be The Ramones. I’ve seen plenty of good bands play live but would have loved to been around in New York in the mid to late 70s.

In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford , Cambridge , or Barsby, Leics..?

Cambridge – I go there quite often.

Favourite national newspaper?

The Grauniad. Followed by The Independent.
As a youngster I liked the Sunday Sport. What a silly newspaper that is.

What would you say your hobbies were?

Eating and Sleeping. I can’t say I’ve tried both at the same time.
I also read a lot, both fiction and non fiction.

And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?

What’s wrong with Shakespeare?
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Carter Beats The Devil – Glen David Gold
The Inimitable Jeeves – PG Wodehouse

Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley
Helter Skelter – The Beatles
How to Disappear Completely – Radiohead


BaldockBaldrick said...

What a gifted blogger he is!

Praguetory said...

Cool - 2 bloggers from a place I don't know.