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pennywhistler

pennywhistler
Date Joined: December 9, 2008
Last Online: August 18, 2017
Birthday: February 25
Country: United Kingdom
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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.

Likes/dislikes

Likes:

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)

Dislikes:

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.

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churlann rated for Where I Live Email Swap on Jun 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for resending your photos. They are amazing. It was nice to read such detailed descriptions of where you live.
willowsmarika rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #11 on Jun 16, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for visiting me and for all the likes and lovely comments!!! :)
Helena8664 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #11 on Jun 15, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for all the insta-love!!! :)
vickysounio rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #11 on Jun 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for visiting!
petercure rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #11 on Jun 14, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for visiting😊
sakura15 rated for ESG: Visit me on Instagram #11 on Jun 14, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the comments and likes ^_^
smadronia rated for CL: May Reading log - Electronic on Jun 11, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the reading list! I confess I haven't heard of any of the books or authors on your list, but The Queen and I sounds humorous.
pyneapplequeen rated for Where I Live Email Swap on Jun 10, 2017
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Comment: Your city is beautiful! Thank you for sharing with me, I loved your photos! Happy swapping!!
pperez rated for Where I Live Email Swap on Jun 10, 2017
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Comment: Thanks very much for your photos. I love that model of the huge moon that you sent! It looks amazing Bristol looks like a beautiful place to go live - some lovely buildings. Philippe
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Comment: Thank you for sharing what all you read in May, Laura! Of the books you read and enjoyed, I think I am most intrigued by S.L. Grey's The Mall. I added it to my TBR! :-) Thank you for sharing!
ariestess rated for CL: May Reading log - Electronic on Jun 1, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: Nice choices! I've only seen one - Departures which I was going to add to my list but chose another Japanese film instead - great movie, though!!
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Comment: Thanks for your swap. I didn't watch any of the movies presented by you. And I am going on this week to look already some.
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Comment: Thank you for your survey answers! I enjoyed reading them, plus I got to add some new titles to my TBR list. Fallen Grace sounds excellent!
Jenicat rated for 2017 Reading Log - 1st Quarter on Apr 7, 2017
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Comment: I received your reading list today. I enjoyed reading your reviews. Thank you for sharing with me. Thank you also for the adorable card 💜 I thought I would tell you that I searched for some of these books at my local library's site. I only found one of them, The Perplexing Theft Of The Jewel In The Crown. I added them on my To Read shelf on Goodreads. Hopefully, I can find them somewhere :)
Response: Thanks for your rating. If you fancy the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series the first book is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra. I know some of the other crime novels I read are free on Kindle Unlimited on US Amazon.
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Comment: Great answers!
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Comment: Thanks. Wonderful sharing and interesting read! ^^
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: There were some great pins there. I'm hoping to start a blog too. Let me know when you have yours up

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Comments

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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