Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Interview with Richard Hull
How long have you lived in the Upper Calder Valley?
January 1987 I arrived, so that’s over 22 years. Yikes.
Where is your favourite place, personally, in the Upper Calder Valley?
Grainwater Bridge, at the head of Crimsworth Dean where the road meets the Old Haworth Road bridle path.
Who, in the local community, is your "Local Hero"?
Bob and Yvonne Stubbs, Postmaster & Postmistress at Old Town sub-post office, who do more for the very dispersed communities around Wadsworth and Old Town than any of the parish or Calderdale councillors.
What do you think this area should be most proud of?
It’s adaptability to new types of incomers, and its energy
If you could wave a magic wand and change three things in the area, what would they be?
1.Abolition of the thoroughly Rotten-To-The-Core Calderdale Council, cede some powers to a larger authority and take some back for town and parish councils
2.Make the valley flow south so all areas catch the sun
3.Mediterranean weather in the summer but good old snowy winters where school’s off for more than just a day or so.
What is your general occupation?
University lecturer and researcher (day job), and campaigner for community control of telecommunications and media.
What is the most satisfying bit about what you do?
Watching someone learn.
What is the most frustrating part about what you do?
Ex-lefty academics who become senior managers in universities (and indeed in other organisations) and loose all sense of integrity or humanity in their search for the highest possible pre-early-retirement salary so as to boost their pension.
What was your very first job?
Machine Lathe operator in West Sussex in 1969. More precisely a Centre Lathe operator. And if you’ve forgotten what a machine lathe is, here’s a pic:
How do you relax?
With great difficulty, and too often with the aid of alcohol.
What's the best film you've seen recently?
Really can’t remember – nothing modern really matches the old classics, like ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’.
What is your favourite food?
Big flat mushrooms cut into strips and fried in extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil with lots of garlic
If you were Prime Minister, what’s the very first thing you would do?
Get peace and justice for Palestine
As cheap and easily available oil is expected to run out in the next couple of decades, what do you think will be the predominant form of transport in 2030?
Electric / fuel-cell vehicles
Have you got any guilty carbon secrets?
Yup, burning smokeless solid fuel whose ashes can only be recycled in a cement factory
What have you done, personally, that you were most proud of?
Helped a wonderful daughter grow up and enter into the world
What single issue are you most concerned about in the world at large?
The misunderstandings about the essential characteristics of capitalism and how best to challenge and reform the worst aspects, such as commo0dification of human labour and the obsession with the sovereignty of the Nation State.
Which person in the public eye do you most admire and why?
Today, it’s John Culshaw, THE most brilliant, spiky comedian, especially when taking the piss out of the snotty Ricky Gervaise
What are your three favourite websites of the moment?
ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, HebWeb and HebdenEye