Jah Jah Dub grew up all over the place, but nowhere that was actually any good. Now he thinks that boredom and frustration in childhood builds character, so he doesn't mind anymore. He read economics at Cambridge - a fact which still surprises him. After drifting and temping for a while, he somehow found himself working for a hedge fund. He hopes soon to find himself somewhere else. He lives in South London with a girl and a hamster. He blogs at Jah Jah Dub.
Why do you blog? > Habit. I can't really remember why I started. At first it was a notepad, then a soapbox, and now it's a way of chatting to friends and making the working day go a bit quicker.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Contact with people who became actual flesh and blood friends. I wouldn't have crossed paths with The Uncertainty Principle or TUPNews – now we've had all kind of japes.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > It's only blogging; nothing particularly bad can happen. I used to take disputes in the comments too seriously - I'm more easygoing about it now.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > I still am a novice blogger – if anything I've got worse at it! If you want a large readership then make it focused, update regularly and contact other like-minded bloggers through their comment sections or email addresses. And you could follow these po-faced rules. But then it all gets a bit like unpaid labour. Do what you like would be my advice - it's your blog.
What are you reading at the moment? > I finished Ian McEwan's Saturday a few days ago – I'm not sure why it took me so long to get round to it. Before that it was Frankenstein, which was surprisingly poor: I don't mind my classics dull, but you at least expect them to work on their own terms.
Who are your cultural heroes? > I'm going for musicians and film stars only here - no particular reason, but I find it easier to rattle off a list: Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Mick Jagger, Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, John Coltrane, David Bowie, Hank Williams, Prince, Donald Sutherland, etc.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Probably Moby Dick.
What is your favourite movie? > I've whittled it down to three: Anatomy of a Murder, Rear Window, Dazed and Confused.
What is your favourite song? > At the moment, 'Uncle Harry' by Noel Coward.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > At an impressionable age I was swept off my feet by Pilger and Chomsky. I don't know if I would then have put it so bluntly, but I did think that all the world's problems were the result of US foreign policy. Any malfeasance from other countries could be explained away, and was probably America's fault anyway. Somehow.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > I don't remember an epiphany, but in spring of 2004 I read Slate's archive of Hitchens's articles about the Iraq war. That led me on to the familiar books and blogs (this one, Harry's Place, Oliver Kamm etc). From being muddled but basically against the Iraq war I became a retrospective supporter.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > Captain Broadchurch - he seems to want the job.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > People being bloody fools.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > In terms of keeping more people alive for longer (is there another measure?) then it's getting better all the time.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > It depends what you mean by 'radically'. I don't think I could shack up with a fascist. My girlfriend and I disagree about quite a lot: she thinks that I'm a killjoy for wanting a republic - the thought of crowns and thrones going to waste upsets her. She has a point.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Kindness.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Bloody foolishness.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > When the marginal benefit exceeded the marginal cost - e.g. 'Your hair looks great!'
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > I know that one's musical taste is one's own business, and that if someone enjoys something, then who am I to tell them they're wrong? But still, I'm suspicious of Lenny Kravitz fans.
What would you call your autobiography? > Centrifugal Chimp.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > André the Giant.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > California.
What would your ideal holiday be? > It would end with me knocking golf balls into the Pacific off the roof of a car. I wouldn't really mind how I got there.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Gottfried.
Who are your sporting heroes? > Eric Cantona, Eddie the Eel. [Correction: Eric the Eel.]
Which English Premiership football team do you support? > I have no geographic or familial ties with any team, so I tend to support individuals – when they move on, so does my interest. Having said that, and if I'm honest, it's probably Manchester United.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > To narrow the pool I'm picking from the living. Jonathan Miller, Christopher Hitchens and Hugh Laurie.
What animal would you most like to be? > A bonobo.
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