Monday 28 September 2009

The View From the Shoe: Paul Squires (Gingatao)

Paul is a poet and a thinker. He has the ability to shed the clearest light on things with the fewest words.

You can find his wonderful poetry-based blog at
and follow him on twitter at:

Over to Paul:

Thank you so much for your time. So, Louboutin or Converse?
I could look Louboutin up but I am notoriously lazy. Con verse definitely.

What do you do?

Why is there no one in the world who does it quite like you?
There are plenty who do it better, no one else would want to do it like me.

What do you really, really love about it?
It's fun.

A bit more time in the day, or a bit more money in the bank?
Time is the only commodity. Money can buy time.

Imagine you “make it”. You wake up, and imagine the day ahead. Tell us about breakfast.
If I'm making it, it will bacon and eggs. Otherwise, leave it up to the chef.

What’s your Jimmy Choo? And what’s just cobblers?
Is Jimmy Choo some kind of a hipster? I'm an old man, I don't havetime for this question, it's cobblers.

Tell us about the last time a fan made you feel 100 feet tall.
I don't have fans, they blow an ill-wind.

Independent and poor, or under contract and rich?
A completely different world in which we all can be independent and generating just enough surplus to be happy. Why is that so difficult?

Do you remember that bit on Play Away where Brian Cant stood behindpeople and did the actions whilst they spoke? If you could chooseanyone to stand behind you and do the actions to your sales pitch, who would it be and why?
No I don't, I must have been drunk that night. Takeshi Kitano is under contract for the job already.

Frocks or socks?
Clothes are for wimps.


  1. I am reminded of this Mark Twain quotation:
    As to the Adjective, when in doubt, strike it out!

    Marvellously (if succintly worded, and I particularly like the answer to the rich/poor quandary.

  2. Oh dear; that would be succinctly, of course.

  3. Hi Bee,
    yes, and Paul's poetry on his site is equally succinct. There's something almost magical about really spare writing. It's one of the reasons I love novellas.

    Hope you can make it to The Albion Beatnik on 29th October - had a long chat with the owner today - a really lovely guy. And I have a wonderful singer/songwriter, Jessie Grace, playing, who's got an album out next week

  4. I think this is my favourite interview so far. Three cheers for the last answer! Huzzah!

    I've bookmarked his blog. Sooo great.

  5. Hi Sarah! Do you have a page you could send today/tomorrow for the Free-e-day brochure? You can even send a picture of a naked dude if you like!

  6. Cool, thanks everybody for the feedback and an especially big thanks to you Dan, for the opportunity, it was a lot of fun.

  7. Thanks, Paul. It's a pleasure to host you :-)

  8. You're welcome, it is always a joy to see so many like-minded people enjoying themselves politely.

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