Patricia Mobbs – Season 01 / Ep 08

London Irish nurse,
The sweetest a soul can be,
An angel, my mum

Dear me, who can say they have written a haiku, a few paragraphs of description, interviewed their own mother. Where to begin and where to stop?! I think I will leave it for the listener to hear, for this was an interview full of surprises and perhaps (for some) a bombshell, sweetly delivered and then questioned, as an aside to a discussion regarding her, what, conversion? Dedication? To the Catholic faith soon after I had left home for medical school in the early 1990s. Guess it had to come out some time mum!

One of the surprises for me was in how fast and how comfortably my Mum dropped into the role of interviewee. To the manor borne some would say. Perhaps there’s a lesson for many of you inherent in this: our parents may have hidden stories, facets, skills and thoughts. Dive into them before it is too late. When I have told others about Heliosphere and then mention that I interviewed both my Mum and my Dad the response has been uniform: what a great thing to do. Voices, thoughts and stories recorded for posterity, before it is too late.

Thanks Mum, for my life.


Patricia Mobbs


1) Pat Boone, Long Tall Sally (00:24:20)

2) Dubliners, Pub With No Beer (00:41:53)

3) Fureys, Red Rose Cafe (00:56:33)

4) Johnny Cash, One Piece at a Time (01:31:16)

5) Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’ (01:52:10)

6) Vivaldi, Four Seasons (02:11:47)

7) Johnny Cash, 25 Minutes To Go (02:27:16)

Now finally, along with all Douglas Adams’ written works (Google if you’re not familiar with him), please tell me:

Your chosen spiritual/religious text

Psalm 23.

Your choice of book

The Island by Victoria Hislop.

Your luxury item (that may be neither alive nor an aid to escape)

My wedding ring plus my mums ring.

The one piece of music or album you would choose of your seven if you could have only one

Fureys, Red Rose Cafe