Q: How long have you been involved with The Spark?
A: I first started working at The Spark back in 1999. I made John an offer he couldn't refuse, and before long I had my toes tucked firmly under a desk, gradually expanding my empire of responsibilities from humble office gopher through news writing and sub-editing until finally I got my grubby mitts on all of the editorial content. I left the office in 2004 to pursue other things, but continue to this day as a freelance writer.
What's your role at The Spark?
Who are you, the taxman? THAT MONEY WAS JUST RESTING IN MY ACCO- Oh, sorry, I got a little confused.
Before I worked for The Spark…
I was a till-jockey in a newsagent's, taking abuse off the general public. Aside from that I've had stints doing all sorts - gardening, farm labouring, picture-framing, book-keeping, French polishing, window cleaning...
What are your particular interests/strengths/focus?
To paraphrase Newt from 'Aliens', mostly it's direct action and community campaigning, mostly.
When I say I work at The Spark people say...
"What, Искра, the communist newspaper originally run by Lenin but subsequently taken over by the Mensheviks? Pozdravlyayu, tovarishch!"
Something that might surprise you about my job is...
I am totally untrained.
I know it's been a good day when...
Momma cooks breakfast with no hog. Actually, that's a rubbish day - Full English with no bacon or sausage? Swizz!
The thing I'm most proud of is...
Getting Nestlé to admit the full size of its not-at-all astroturfed sponsorship deal with @Bristol when up till then neither party would say just how big the deal was. They even faxed over confirmation - that's the power of the blag!
When I'm not working at The Spark...
I am a self-employed problem-solver, a freelance fixer, a hack for hire… Whether it's writing, sub-editing, proofreading, transcription, training or marketing, I'll have a crack at it.
What I like about working for The Spark is...
Nobody ever stole my lunch money!
Something that may surprise you is...
John once sent me off on a curative course of NLP to try and shake me out of a phobia of speaking with people on the telephone, which is something of a handicap to a journalist.
What I like about The Spark is…
It provides a safe harbour for many, many small ships that otherwise would be trawling blind in the shadow of supertankers.
How would your colleagues describe you?
With nary a hint of fear, hopefully.
Chris Mitchell - Hack For Hire
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