Category Archives: Interviews

Read 60 Second Interviews from scientists, gamers and part time Daleks.. yes, really.

60-second interview with… Andrew Smyth

Ahead of his upcoming live bakes at Maker Faire UK, Andrew answered some quick-fire questions about his engineering background and love of Maker events. Egg-timer at the ready!

1. You’re well known for baking, but can you please describe your day job?

As an aerospace engineer at Rolls-Royce in Derby, I help to develop the next generation of large jet engines.… Read more

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60 second interview with… Thomas Thwaites: GoatMan

Goat14-Thomas_Thwaites-photo-Tim_BowditchWe recently spoke to Thomas Thwaites: GoatMan. You can hear more from Thomas at Friday Night Life on 18 November – find out why he ended up in an Alpine goat farm, on four legs, with a prosthetic stomach strapped to his chest, eating grass…

Describe your current role:

Freelance speculative designer.… Read more

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60 second interview with… Tonja Grung: Taxidermist

Tonja GrungTaxidermist Tonja Grung, member of the British Academy of Taxidermy and owner of company Made from the Dead, comes to Life this month to hold three taxidermy workshops.

Describe your current role:

I am a self-employed artist in taxidermy. I teach group classes or individuals. As well as creating pieces for my shop in Brick Lane, London, I am also given regular commissions.… Read more

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60 second interview with… Professor Richard Wiseman

Richard WisemanMagician turned psychologist and broadcaster Richard Wiseman comes to Life this September to explore how our minds work by looking at tricks and illusions. We caught up with him to find out more about the man behind Mind Magic.

1. Describe your current role:

I am the Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.… Read more

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60 second interview with… Dr Angelina Whalley

Dr Angelina Whalley

Dr Angelina Whalley is director of the Institute for Plastination

Dr Angelina Whalley, a licensed physician, is the Director of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany. She is married to Dr Gunther von Hagens and is the creative and conceptual designer and curator of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions, including ANIMAL INSIDE OUT which opens at Life on 28 May.Read more

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60 Second Interview with Joshua Leighton Trew: Lord of Lightning

Lords of LightningLords of Lightning will be headlining this year’s Maker Faire UK (23 and 24 April) with their electrifying Tesla coil displays. Joshua Leighton Trew, the ‘blue’ Lord of Lightning, took a minute out from perfecting his routine to answer a few questions.

Describe your current role:

I am a ‘Lord of Lightning’ which involves standing on top of a Tesla coil in a chain mail suit and firing 2 million volt lightning bolts from my body during a choreographed performance.… Read more

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60 Second Interview with Jason Lane, Maker Faire UK 2016 headliner

Mechanical Sound SculptureThe countdown to Maker Faire UK 2016 has started! We caught up with headliner Jason Lane, creator of the Mechanical Sound Sculpture (pictured). Recognise it? It was featured at the 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony! You can see it for yourself at Maker Faire UK 2016.

Describe your current role:

I’m a sculptor who works from reclaimed materials and has a fascination for mechanical objects.… Read more

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2016

This week is National Apprenticeship Week 2016. An apprenticeship can take you anywhere! Young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships. In this post, meet William, our HR Assistant, who joined Life on a human resources apprenticeship in 2012. He’s gone on to gain his associateship of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and we’re currently supporting him through his Level 5 studies.Read more

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60 Second Interview with Dean Wilson, Bright Club performer

Dean WilsonWe spoke to Dean Wilson about his recent experience of taking part in Bright Club – a night that blends comedy, music, new writing, research and performance into a smorgasbord of delights.

Had you performed on stage before Bright Club?
Not since school really, I remember being an armadillo in a school play about the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest!… Read more

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60 Second Interview with Keith Lawler, part time Dalek.

yimg-235757607-1-1282544785Exterminate! Exterminate! This February half term Life Science Centre is celebrating all things sci-fi. We’ve got some special guests joining us as science fiction comes to life around our thrilling Robot exhibition. We spoke to part time Dalek Keith Lawler to find out more about Northern Charity Daleks – you can see them at Life on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February 2016. Read more

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