Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2019 1:07 am


Date Joined: December 9, 2008
Last Online: October 18, 2019
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.


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!
karenh77 rated for Questions on Your 2019 Reading on Jan 8, 2019
HappyMom rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Oct 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for visiting my IG :) Hope you enjoyed the photos!
MrsKytes rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the likes and nice comments <3
Gatzcat rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for stopping by and all the likes and comments.
MrsKytes rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous pictures! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm not sure if this is done all over Europe, or just in France, but there was a weekend in September called European Heritage Days, where places that are not usually accessible to the public are opened up for viewing. Your Open Doors event reminds me a lot of that.

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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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