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Date Joined: December 9, 2008
Last Online: July 8, 2020
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 folk music (mainly British trad stuff) and try to get to gigs when I can. 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. At the moment I am more interested in learning how to alter thrifted clothes than making stuff from scratch. 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. I have recently been cutting down on the amount of crafts I do as I found I was becoming a 'jack of all trades, master of none'!

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.


Merimax rated for ESG: Quick Questions on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your interesting answers. I also like pistachio ice cream!
tigerlily2110 rated for ESG: Quick Questions on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Alishab rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks! (I spend too much time on Reddit too lol :) )
Pei04 rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers!
Carolien25 rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: I loved reading your answers. Thanks so much!
euniceq rated for ESG: New Year - New You! on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your email! We have the same word of the year. And congratulations to you for breaking the cycle of hoarding! I'm attempting to break a family cycle too and I was so inspired to read about your progress! Best of luck in 2020 :)
Response: Thanks for the heart. Hoarding is such a hard issue to deal with. Good luck with dealing with your family.
kristyrogers rated for ESG: New Year - New You! on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: My favorite is visiting new places in your city! I'm in a new place and have been trying that when I'm well. Quite fun to see what your local area has to offer!
Response: Thanks for the heart. It is amazing what places you can find when you get out there, there is always something new to see!
freespirit66 rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - August on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: Luke Jerram's Gaia exhibit looks like it would have been incredible to see! The world looks so vivid and beautiful. I can only imagine what it looked like up close in the exhibit.
HappyMom rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - August on Sep 4, 2019
Comment: Wow! These photos are so cool!! I can see why you liked the exhibit so much. Thanks for sharing :)
fiorellaione rated for ESG: What are you reading? on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: I didn't know about this town! I now I definitely want to visit it. I agree with your opinion on the covers, I would've let this one pass just by looking at it. I'm glad you didn't! Thank you for your review =)
elkalsa rated for ESG: What are you reading? on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing. It sounds like an interesting historical fiction. I like the two timelines.
AZmom875 rated for ESG: List 3 Each x 10 on May 24, 2019
Comment: Fun swap, Fun answers.
Comment: Thank you for telling me all the interesting things about your city. :)
Comment: It's so interesting to learn about different places
KSENiA rated for CL: January Reading Log - Electronic on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing
Comment: Thanks for your reading log, Laura! It was interesting to see what you read - I'm not familiar with any of those books! Well done for a strong start to 2019 :)
Fritosmom rated for ESG: 10 Questions on Jan 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
kasa rated for Questions on Your 2019 Reading on Jan 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you fro your sharing. i have heard a bit about Good readings so maybe i need to check them out. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of my favourites. Happy reading.
NaitomeaMinx rated for Questions on Your 2019 Reading on Jan 8, 2019
Comment: I really enjoyed reading about your reads, thank you for sharing with me. My favorite discworld book happens to be the The Hogfather. Simply hilarious!

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myancey on Mar 16, 2020:

Hi. I emailed my esg answers to ya. It just shows unread hope u can read soon 🤩happy swapping friend

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


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.

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

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