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Date Joined: December 9, 2008
Last Online: December 17, 2017
Birthday: February 25
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me


Hello. I am a librarian in the UK.

In my spare time I enjoy mooching around museums and art galleries. I also love the cinema and the theatre. I love learning new things and get frustrated that there are so many things in the world which I don't know about!

Favorite Crafts

I love trying out new crafts and my favourite is sewing, although I am very much a beginner. I cannot go past a fabric shop without being tempted inside. I also enjoy making jewellery. I have recently taken up cross-stitch again. I will give most crafts a try, but hate knitting and crochet because I find them too difficult and stressful. I am also not too enamoured with scrapbooking and papercrafts. I enjoy photography and have recently bought my first D-SLR.

Favorite Books

I am a huge book lover (no surprise given my profession). I will give most things a try, but I am not keen on chick lit/romance and science-fiction. I especially like crime novels, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I love Scandinavian crime and am keen to discover crime novels from other countries. As far as non-fiction is concerned I mainly read history, travel and sociology/psychology/current affairs. I love to take part in reading challenges as it encourages me to try out different books.

Favorite Movies

I love Bollywood films as they are such great escapism. I am also a big horror fan and I especially like the horror films coming out of Japan and Korea. I love discovering new films and am currently challenging myself to watch 101 films from different countries. I have a massive wish list on my DVD rental site because I will give almost any film a go, although I am not really into a lot of typically girly films (I do have a weakness for French rom coms though).

Favorite Television

I don't watch a huge amount of television and I am always a few years behind when it comes to popular TV series! I love European crime drama and my favourites are Spiral, The Killing, The Bridge and Unit One. I like Doctor Who, although I am not a fanatic. I enjoy crime series, both old-fashioned ones like Poirot and Miss Marple as well as more gritty ones.



Orangutans (I adopt a grumpy orangutan called Amy who lives in an ape conservation park not far from where I live).

Writing paper & notecards. I have a bit of a fetish for beautiful and quirky stationery. I also love gorgeous notebooks/journals.

Anything Paris themed.

Cinnamon-flavoured candy/gum (we cannot get this in the UK)

I like anything to do with India. I love Bollywood movies, Indian fashion, art and design.

I am fascinated by Japan and hope to visit one day. I love pictures of Japanese gardens and images of Buddhas.

I also have a bit of a thing for Scandinavia, especially Sweden and Denmark and hope to travel there in the next few years. There are MANY places in the world that I would love to visit.

I like planners and so like accessories for that (especially planner stickers which are difficult to find in the UK).

Other Random Things I Like:

Medieval/Neo-Gothic design

Cherry blossom

Alice in Wonderland

The Victorian era

Reusable shopping bags

Quirky contemporary fabrics. Well, any fabrics really as I don't have a big stash yet.

Gil Elvgren and other retro pin-up art of this kind.

Cemetery art. I also love Simon Marsden's spooky photography.

Jelly Belly jelly beans (especially coconut and sizzling cinnamon)


I am allergic to champagne. I know no one is likely to send me a bottle of champagne, but sometimes friends mistakenly give me champagne truffles! I also have trouble with ear-rings in that I can only wear ones with gold posts or I get a rash. My skin is okay with other types of jewellery not being made of precious metal though.

I am not religious, so would not want anything that is overly religious. I don't mind things such as Christmas cards with reproductions of religious paintings on though.


tigerlily2110 rated for ESG: 30 Questions on Nov 21, 2017
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Poohtat rated for ESG: 30 Questions on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: I loved your answers!
mermaidery rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the 🖤!! Halfway up that monument, I was regretting it. I made it to the top only to find out I was too short to see out the windows anyway. My 6 foot tall MR was just able to see out of them but they were sooo dirty so... back down we went. Going down those 291 steps didn't take as long as going up them, but was just so much harder. lol
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SachaVdV rated for Visit me on instagram on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the love on my IG account!
mellyrose89 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your comments!!!!
chaari rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #12 on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for all the nice comments ♥
BTim rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Wonderful list. Thanks for including some YouTube links (loved seeing Chaaiya Chaaiya... I know it from the movies, but never saw Bollywood Dreams)
HappyMom rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: LOL on "Greased Lightning"! I didn't think of that one!
basykes rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Loved your answers. I had NO idea about "Greased Lightning" !!
Response: Ha ha! I know. I think if that movie was made today there would be complaints!
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Comment: Thanks for your log! I put Antoine Laurain on my reading list.
Comment: Thank you for sharing, you listed some interesting books..... :)
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Comment: I am so sorry for rating so late! I don't know why I didn't rate when I received it. A bit dopey on my part. Thank you!

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Lady on Dec 13, 2015:

I saw this and thought of you >http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2015/12/orangutan-reacts-pricelessly-to-magic.html?m=1

stlouisphile on Sep 18, 2014:

Greetings! you have a message from me/DWF in your mailbox.

hazelwitch3 on Dec 14, 2013:

Thank you so much for the book! I've heard lots of good things about it but haven't read it yet -- it will be a real treat on Christmas Eve. And the postcards are great -- thank you so much for everything.

pne on Dec 5, 2013:

I'm planning on travelling to Cornwall next April and will likely go there by train - so I'll be coming through Taunton! Perhaps I can wave at you as I pass :)

sibila on Nov 13, 2013:

Thank you for the things you sent for the Wishes for Europe group :D I loved everything, the postcards are sooo beautiful!!

WystericalViolets on Jan 8, 2013:

Just a hello to a fellow South Wester.

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