Date Joined: December 9, 2008
Last Online: January 4, 2021
Birthday: February 25
Country: United Kingdom
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!
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'!
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.
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).
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:
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.
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