I was a secondary school social studies teacher in East London for 6 years. In am now an education journalist.
I love writing to people and have had many penpals over the years. I also collect British stamps! I especially love ones featuring women, school-related things, or celebrating political events. But, honestly, I just think commemorative stamps are beautiful and tell such cool stories about their country that I don't really care what is on them.
Because of the subject I taught I am always interested in things to do with government, politics, national events, (yes - yawn, yawn to many of you!) - but I also enjoy odd or weird things. Some of my favourite postcards have been offbeat - fluorescent orange apes, photos of people taken in warped mirrors, jokes in other languages. Mostly, I'm just excited to get interesting things through the post.
I'm the least artistic person I know but I so try hard. When it comes to craft I'm that kid that stays in at lunchtime working even thought the end product is inevitably wonky and lacklustre in comparison to others. Anything you receive I promise will have a great deal of thought behind it even if it isn't particularly pretty ;o
Greenday, Barenaked Ladies and...country music!
Harold and Maude, When Harry Met Sally, High Fidelity and all musicals!
I don't really read fiction but I read LOTS of magazines - about stamps, science, life, decorating, art, music, film...anything that is real life!
So there's a place in my heart for anything people send, but if you really want to send me into a spin of delight go for things involving:
Famous women, in fact anything about famous women (books, stories, articles, songs).
Politics, governments, national events, crises(!), commemorations, laws, diversity, equality, courts and public services.
Anything at all about education, schools, universities, learning, inspirational quotes and motivation is great.
Anything book-related (book covers, bookshelves, bookmarks)
Objects that are the shape of something related - e.g. butter dishes in the shape of cows, ketchup bottles in the shape of tomatoes, pencil tins in the shape of pencils. You get it, right?
Or one of my random likes: Shopping centres, McDonalds, medicine and first aid, gory things (esp. illness, tumors, diseases), and american foods: doughnuts, hotdogs, popcorn, candies
Not a lover of cute animals. I like ugly and weird animals. You know, creepy ones that people won't go near or have never heard of.
Water. Terrified of it.
Pastel colours - life is too short for the 'pale' versions of things.