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Interview: Imshin (Not a Fish)

Introducing an exciting, but hardly original, new feature to this blog…the blogger interview! Occasionally, I will be interviewing a fellow blogger of the pro-Israel variety (a concept I first saw on the excellent Israpundit, but since discontinued on their site). I will be choosing those blogs that meet the following criteria:
1. Pro-Israel
2. Interesting
3. Link to Israellycool
If any of you have a blog that meets these criteria, you are welcome to recommend yourself for inclusion in a subsequent blogger interview. Just email me at israellycool at yahoo dot com.
Now for my first victim subject…introducing Imshin who writes the ever enlightening Not a Fish. This is one of the first Israeli blogs that I encountered, and one I will no doubt continue to read until Imshin decides to hang up her fish. Which I hope will not be for a long time. Anyway, without further delay, I bring you Imshin.

Israellycool: Where were you born?

Imshin: I was born on a stormy night, many many winters ago, in a cave on the top of a dark mountain, in the far off kingdom of… Just kidding. I was actually born in May, and there were no mountains in sight. There was a dirty river though, although John (http://www.merseymouth.com/) tells me they’ve cleaned it up since.
Israellycool: What do you do outside of blogging?
Imshin: What do I do outside of blogging? Well, let me see now. I spend most of my day in a small room moving pieces of paper round an even smaller desk. Once I’ve finished moving them round I file them in a cupboard. I dislike filing so I’ve usually got a rather large stack of pieces of paper on my desk, which is good because people think I’m terribly busy all the time. When I’ve finished I go home and pretend to be a housewife. I do this very badly. No one is taken in. One evening a week I go to an apartment where I sit all evening on my knees with a group of people and we all don’t say anything together for three hours. We also drink tea. This is a nice rest from moving pieces of paper and pretending to be a housewife.
Israellycool: Is Imshin your real name?
Imshin: No.
Israellycool: When did you start blogging?
Imshin: June 2002.
Israellycool: What motivated you to start blogging?
Imshin: Read my answer to question number one. I NEEDED TO GET SOME WORDS INTO MY LIFE! Seriously though, I wanted to react to the horrible lies I was reading on the Net about Israel.
Israellycool: Why is your blog called “Not a Fish”?
Imshin: Erm, I’d rather not answer that if that’s okay with you.
Israellycool: Do you hate fish?
Imshin: No, I couldn’t care less either way. I’d like to point out that I don’t eat them though. People in Israel seem to think that if I’m vegetarian it means I eat milchik (dairy), which includes fish, according to Jewish dietary laws. People often say: It’s alright, it’s fish.
Israellycool: Which of your posts do you consider to be your best?
Israellycool: What blogs do you enjoy reading?
Imshin: This is a trick question. I can’t answer it without offending someone, and I can’t list all the blogs I like. Let me see. Yours of course… And then there’s Allison, Gil, Jonathan, Meryl, Lynn. Why don’t you go see my blogroll thing, they’re all there?
Israellycool: What is your favourite book?
Imshin: Oh, you should know that by now – Matilda by Roald Dahl.
Israellycool: Favourite movie?
Imshin: The LadyKillers (1955).
Israellycool: Favourite tv show?
Imshin: They all stink.
Israellycool: Favourite album/CD?
Imshin: Tough one. My current passions are all three Amir Benayoun CD’s, but I’ve got plenty of old favorites – Best of Van Morrison, Blood, Sweat and Tears – that one with the brown cover, the Pogues (I think it’s also a “Best of”), the Beatles Revolver…there’s the soundtrack of The Blues Brothers (of course!); Tea Packs – the one with the picture of a Hamsa, forget the name (oh, I remember now – Your Life in a Lafa -teehee); and last but certainly not least, Yehuda Poliker – Ashes and Dust. There’s more. Depends on my mood.
Israellycool: Do you think your blog has helped changed people’s perceptions about Israelis?
Imshin: I’ve no idea. Probably not.
Israellycool: Much has been said about the Geneva Accord. What would the “Imshin Accord” entail?
Imshin: If I had a decent answer to this question don’t you think I’d be doing something better than moving pieces of paper round a small room all day?
Israellycool: Do you have a role model? If so, who is it and why?
Imshin: Bish. He’s the greatest.
Israellycool: What do you like best about Israel?
Imshin: That’s like asking me what I like best about my left thumb. I’m actually very fond of my left thumb. I sucked it till I was about eleven. What do I like best about Israel? I don’t know, it’s home. I miss it when I’m anywhere else. Ask me what I most dislike about Israel and it would take me about three weeks to answer, if I talked continuously round the clock (I’m an Israeli after all).
Israellycool: How does it feel to be Most Egregious Omission from the 2003 Weblog Awards?
Imshin: Oh, it feels absolutely fantastic, dahling. I’ve been soooo busy, you couldn’t imagine what it entails. People really aren’t aware of the personal price we award winners have to pay, it’s such a very great responsibility, you know.
Israellycool: Imshin, thank you for your time and for being a good sport.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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