The Interview

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE

Posted in Film, Interviews by rosalindbrabner on July 15, 2009

One of the better cast interviews for the brand new potter film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Fresh Face

Posted in Economics, Finance, Interviews, Uncategorized by rosalindbrabner on July 9, 2009

This is an interview I conducted with Emily Tam for WIBF magazine.

 This month Rosalind Brabner caught up with Cambridge graduate, Emily Tam to find out what it is really like to be a Fresh Face in finance.

Tell Us About Yourself?

I studied economics at Cambridge and once I had graduated I looked for jobs in either banking or accounting. I was drawn to accounting as there were opportunities to gain qualifications and train whilst working. So for three years I was involved with a work and study programme and am now a qualified accountant. I’ve really benefitted from this as I’ve developed transferable skills and am now an executive for Ernst and Young.

What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?

Right now I manage engagements; I’m working with different clients and portfolios of investments as well as being in charge of junior staff. When I first started I was confident about dealing with the technical side of things but it turns I actually enjoy interacting with clients the most.

Do you find being a woman in banking and finance a challenge?

I do still find it a masculine dominated industry, for example I was on a training course this week and out of the 25 people on the course there were only 6 women in the class. You have to be quite strong in this industry but my company hold meetings and seminars especially for women to meet other women in the same work environment and were able to discuss the challenges that we face. I do feel that women are being supported in this industry and that is important to me as there is still a pattern of male dominance as you move up the career ladder in finance.

What do you think has contributed to your success in this industry?

It is the full experience I’ve had in the company, I learnt a great deal and feel valued by my team. Being from Hong Kong I think I look differently at things, I have much more of an international perspective for example I look at the bigger scale, I think about the global view and I know that makes me stand out. Two of the best career achievements last year for me were travelling to Madrid and Milan on business and I’d love more opportunities to travel with work.

What are some of the more important criteria you look for in a choosing career?

I want to know that I’ll be able to progress and develop new skills. As an Asian woman I need to know I’m in a diverse and global company. Diversity is important to me as I want to know I’ll be recognised in the work place. Also I think it is important for companies to encourage flexible work hours, a company that doesn’t expect you to work very long hours so your able to control your own time.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In the summer I play tennis but most of my spare time is spent socialising with friends. I like inviting people over for dinner and just hanging out and having fun with good company.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I hope to stay with the company hopefully with the opportunity to make senior management and I’d also really like to work in another country, either China or the US.

MICHAEL JACKSON

Posted in Interviews, Music by rosalindbrabner on July 6, 2009

A Life Through a Lens: Michael Jackson.

BIG WARDROBE

Posted in Fashion by rosalindbrabner on July 6, 2009

Fashion is hardly an industry where ethics spring to mind but thanks to bigwardrobe.com the devil can wear prada and save the world all for the price of postage.

Courtesy of BBC

Courtesy of BBC

 

“We were getting fed up!” explains Jamie Hutchinson, one of three founders of bigwardrobe.com, “fed up with the expense of constantly replacing clothes!” This is why bigwardrobe.com was born, “we developed the Big Wardrobe idea in response to the frustration of our partners and girlfriends who were constantly replacing their old clothes with new ones”.

According to last year’s Fashion Sustainability review over 1.2 million tonnes of clothing were disposed and only 10 percent of this enormous sum ended up being recycled or resold in 2007. Bigwardrobe.com offers an alternative, not only can you swap sell or buy you can even combine these options to secure an item. Just imagine Ebay if Carrie Bradshaw was allowed to change the settings.

Of course this isn’t something new altogether, Jamie explains, “There are other swapping websites, but all have some way of charging, be it fees for listing items or joining, and we also had trouble finding any that catered for men, women and children”. The website has caused quite a storm in the fashion press, Vogue, Cosmopolitan have all commented on the swapping craze whilst Marie Clare said, “It’s everything we want to be right now- ethical, environmentally friendly and fabulous!” With its roots firmly planted in all things ethical the site is also set to branch out into a new celebrity/charity initiative in May.

Joining up with the likes of Russell Brand, Peaches Geldolf and the Kaiser Chiefs, bigwardrobe.com is offering it’s users a chance to bid on items donated by these celebs with the funds going to a number of different charities. Finger’s crossed Russell washes the jeans he’s donating prior to auction.

SKINNERS SNAPS

Posted in Blogging, Interviews, Photography by rosalindbrabner on May 24, 2009

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If you’ve been to a Brighton club recently and have noticed a bloke stumbling aroud clutching a SR camera- don’t worry its not one of ‘those’  pervs it is Matt ‘Skinners’ Skingsley: the man behind Snapup!, Brighton’s new local fashion papparazzi blog.

Roz: Describe your ideal snappie?

Matt: My ideal snappie is someone who is oblivious to the fact they’re about to get snapped. A handsome young fella dolled up with hairspray and denim that’s just looking cool and is unaware of the fact he’s an individual. I hate the bitches who smirk and act like they’re not fashionable or stylish, the “oh, you want MY picture?” act that’s got nobody fooled.

Roz: Have you found walking around with a girthy SR camera a good pulling technique or are you 5 minutes away from growing a mustache and wearing an anorak?
Matt: It has garnered me quite a bit of attention, I won’t lie. But if that began to dry out, then yes… I’d probably start turning into some pathetic geek who sweats out of their nipples and eats cheese for breakfast.

Roz: Have you found walking around with a girthy SR camera a good pulling technique or are you 5 minutes away from growing a mustache and wearing an anorak?
Matt: People are very modest. A lot of the time people are camera shy, other times they pose and really get involved. I’ve never had anyone run away… unless I’ve shown them my cock by accident.

Roz: What sort of response have you had from people you are snapping? Anyone ran away screaming?
Matt: Diversity. One minute I’m snapping a young girl in high waisted jeans, the next its 15 year olds break dancing. I don’t want to just snap youth and they’re ‘in’ statements, I want couples, middle age, I want the elderly! The idea is that its from different people you’d never normally expect to see photographed in the street or in clubs etc, who offer that individuality in not just how they dress, but what they do/how they are etc.

Roz: Brighton is famous for its fashion scene, have you seen anyone out and about taking it just too far?
Matt:
I think with Brighton there isn’t a ‘too far’ point. What is too far when you see a 70 year old man with a witches hat on, leopard print waistcoat, goggles and leather trousers walking down the high street and no one, literally no one batters an eyelid?

Roz: ‘Local paparazzi’ is a phenomenon that has recently rocketed- do you think this is off the back of the celebrity paparazzi relationship?
Matt: I think people like having their photo taken. So yeah, in a way I think it does come off the back of the celebrity/pap thing… it gives the public and the ordinary Joe the chance to get their face on the internet, be recognised for their uniqueness, and become a mini celeb for a mini second.

Roz: What made you want to set up Snapup!?
Matt: The main reason would be that I’m interested in fashion. I like what people wear, what inspired them with an outfit etc, I like the fact clothes make someone look fucking hot. Best to document the gorgeousness! Blogging it is such an easy way to please people as well, and Snappuup does that perfectly.

Roz: What celebrity would you sell your mother to snap?
Matt:  At the moment… Marion Cottilard. I’d avoid the likes of Britney and Madonna, they get enough attention. Marion is beyond stunning and is going to be a big style icon of 2010. She dresses so well and I’d love to catch her on an ordinary day in one of her typically effortless outfits. Watch her 6 minute murder mystery movie on the Dior website.

Roz: Where can we see you snapping this month?

Matt: This month I’ll be snapping a lot around the city of Brighton, at New Hero on the 30th May, Coalition on the 5th of June and Revenge on the 6th of June.

Roz: What is your perfect snapping outfit? How can clubbers no it’s you and not some weirdo with a big camera?
Matt: My perfect snapping outfit is simple and sleek. Black skinny’s and an oversized tee with a camera round my neck. Nothing more, nothing less… Especially no anoraks.

Mystery Jets

Posted in Interviews, Journalism, Music by rosalindbrabner on May 13, 2009

Mystery-Jets-April-2008-3So strictly speaking this is not exactly an interview, infact it is not exactly anything. Prior to the ‘Young Love’ success the Mystery Jets played at Bar42, my old Uni bar in a very rough part of Birmingham- think the SU bar in Hollyoaks if the cast had all had terrible facial accidents that week.

After the performance I asked Kai what he’s favourite Britney Spears’ song was. He struggled with the answer and finally came out with this: “Baby one more time?”.

Wrong Answer Kai. I was leaning towards at least Toxic, granted Britney Spears might not be your cup of tea but if you are in the world of music you should at least muster “A Slave for You”. Can we also bear in mind that this conversation took place about a year ago- a year ago Britney had launced Blackout and was in and out of the papers with her dramatic rise and fall.

I simply cannot respect a man who’s favourite Britney Spears’ song is Baby One More Time. Men of the UK please remember this.

Lindsay Lohan Does Ellen

Posted in Interviews, Media, Television by rosalindbrabner on May 5, 2009

Lindsay Lohan sets the record straight on her relationship breakdown with Samantha Ronson

I don’t really know what to make of this one, at times it is so uncomfortable I want to eat my own hand. We all know Lindsay is currently having a ‘Britney episode’ but perhaps it is better left as the big pink elephant in the room that no own talks about because Lindsay’s honesty results in this:

And I think I would preferd to have eaten my hand after all.

Adam Sampson

Posted in Interviews, Uncategorized by rosalindbrabner on April 2, 2009

n683390286_5654839_12282I recently posted a message on Facebook asking people whether they were interesting enough to interview for the blog. Not many people got back to me apart from Adam. Adam Sampson to be precise. From the outside it’s easy to assume that Adam is just another Essex boy, women, booze, cars and guitars are all subjects of desire for Adam. But the real apple in Adam’s life is much, much stranger…….

What’s your thoughts on the ‘miracle of birth?’

The miracle of birth. Wow. I could literally talk about this for days! I think my main fascination stems from the fact that I cant fully get my head around the concept. I know the process, I know the theory, but in reality the whole thing is too immense and too amazing, almost to the point where I cant believe it. The basics, a man and woman have sex and then 9 months later out pops a human…an actual person that has all the potential in the world, a person that from the moment it is born affects the world in infinite ways and changes the course of the world just because two people had sex and released some fluid in a moment of passion…9 times out of 10 a literal ‘moment’. A girl in my work was pregnant and i asked if i could feel her stomach about a year ago. It was mental and i couldn’t believe she was just sitting there with a human growing inside her! I think when i have babies one day it might all become clear but it will probably be even more miraculous! The actual process of reproduction is so incomprehensible I wont even bother going into it!

Your in a band called One Tonne Baby, do you not think that this a slightly inappropriate name considering the UK in the midst of an obesity epidemic?

Well i could say that it is an ironic political statement commenting on the eating habits of the children in the uk, ala jamie oliver. However, as a band we are strongly against jamie oliver in general and therefore this is not true. In fact, one tonne baby was the term coined in respect of the first ever computer system as it weighed a tonne! I also like the flow of the name, the imagery it portrays as well as the inside joke th’at it could be used when describing a phallus!

What has been the best and worst things about growing up in Essex?

To be honest I dont really see Romford as apart of Essex but still. I like romford in general because it basically has everything I need. Although essex in general is a bit shit. I like the proximity to london and the fact I can feel superior towards northerners! The worst bit is the people, like proper scum! I really don’t like or mean to sound like I’m superior, honest! But I cant stand the idiots around here who need to focus all their concentration on breathing! Its a vicious circle though, like I’ll go to a club and women who somehow think they are better than you always end up with the ugliest and thickest bloke in there. It’s like they have radar! Overall though, I like it!

Friends have mentioned that you are a bit of a womanizer….

HAHA. What friends would describe me as that? I would hate to be known as a womanizer, honestly I am a nice guy with women but it gets me nowhere, I’m slowly learning this as I get older. The thing I’ll never get is if you treat a woman like you should you are ‘too nice’ and ‘boring’ but then you treat them mean and you are a wanker! See the thing women don’t seen to get about men is that there so many dicks that will treat you badly and can’t be changed. If you choose these blokes them you can’t moan when you get stung! Not all men are wankers, but if you choose to be with a wanker then don’t be surprised when you are treated like one! Back on topic I am so rubbish chatting women up, I’m actually too shy. I usually end up doing a gay dance! I don’t know what I want though so that doesn’t help, bad experiences have burned me out! Just need someone to restore my faith……

What is Adam Sampson’s understanding of ‘the meaning of life?’

I honesty don’t think there is one. Just to live and enjoy it. If you make just one person smile, one person feel the warmth of love in some way then you have lived a meaningful life!

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

Posted in Interviews, Journalism, Media, Television, Uncategorized by rosalindbrabner on April 1, 2009

jordan_shares_shocking_life_storyFor a man that spent nine years editing the Daily Mirror and one editing The News of the World why on earth is he such a disaster when it comes to interviewing?

With zero stage presence and ghastly stammering questions I’m surprised the likes of Sharon Osbourne, Ulrika Jonsson and Richard Branson bothered. The show itself is OK, Richard Branson being especially interesting but Parkinson never recruited the likes of video interruptions to depict his interviewees. Instead of an indepth journalistic interview that one would come to expect from an ex-editor of a major tabliod, ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ feels a bit more like the fluffy ‘This is Your Life’ set in Chris Tarrents’s Millionaire studio. Throw in in a posh bloke with a Marbella tan and a celebrity excercising some serious PR techniques I think I would prefer to watch another re-run of ‘Half Man Half Tree’.

Too be honest I think Alan Carr would be a better candidate, at least he would get to the bloody point! Check out this post…. hitting the nail on the head?

Great interviews of the 20th century

Posted in Interviews, Journalism, Media, Uncategorized by rosalindbrabner on March 31, 2009

frost-nixon1If like me your obsessed with interviews check this Guardian article out.

The Top Ten

1. Richard Nixon interviewed by David Frost (couldn’t be anything else really)

2. Princess Diana inteviewed by Martin Bashir (Dirty Diana rather than Wacko Jacko then)

3. John Lennon interviewed by Jann S. Wenner for Rolling Stone

4. Marlon Brandon interviewed by Truman Capote

5. Dennis Potter interviewed by Melvyn Bragg

6. Francis Bacon interviewed by David Sylvester

7. Marilyn Monroe interviewed by Richard Meryman

8. Sex Pistols interviewed by Bill Grundy (recorded chaos)

9. Malcom X interviewed by Alex Haley

10. Adolf Hitler interviewed by George Sylvester Viereck