Update to/Summary of the Into the MIddle of Things project added 10th November 2012 - go to November summary ITMOT. Text below from October.
October News Entry: David Ridley and Martin Inglis have been on the road for over two weeks attempting to inteview over 60 Australians for a digital 'time capsule' they're planning to launch in January 2013. When they turned up at Bendigo Tafe this morning lured in off the street by a 'philosophy' sign I was the only writing/humanities teacher on deck and thus I was interviewed for the project. Surprisingly we did not end up having a discussion about philosophy but about my own life story - which I found strangely gruelling though inspirational.
The guys are aiming to travel to Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory over the next few weeks - all the time interviewing random strangers as they travel (though their website does ask the public to suggest 'characters'). They're obviously genuine young guys travelling 'on the smell of an oily rag' so if they turn up in your town make them welcome and tell them your story if you're lucky enough to be approached. Their project website is at: http://intothemiddleofthings.com.au/media at that site you can see their travel plans and watch some of the first interviews they conducted up in Bundaberg and Brisbane. The site also contains streamings of radio interviews they've done to promote the project. Like the other interviewees, no doubt, I'm interested to see what they make of our discussion when the web-video proper comes out in early 2013.
PS: Australian TV execs should seriously think about funding this project as a TV documentary ... On the interviews I've seen up online to date the project has the raw emotional power of 'Australian Story' (though the interviews here are condensed and structured around six questions they ask everyone) with the extra dimension of the travel narrative to add interest - note they're travelling 13,000 kms in 44 days (6 Australian states). At the site you might consider making a donation to help them fund this innovative project.