Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
My friend summed me up to some people at a wedding by saying ‘she
likes pencils, fruit and maps’. It’s true, I do. But I also like
other things too…I like to balance frenetic activity with staring
vaguely at the wall. Mooching, wandering and people watching.
Looking at old buildings and trying to work out their history.
Clouds over hills – that sort of thing. Generally, my aim in life
is to perfect the art of being a flâneur.
I love Art History - off the top of my head... Simone Martini,
gothic architecture, Manet, Caravaggio, ....oh, all sorts really.
Realise there is nothing particularly modern here - I do find it
interesting and absorbing, but my real passion is the earlier
stuff. Always happy in a gallery or generally looking at
I like walking, and always want to see what is round the next
corner, which hopefully will be a café or pub. Also I generally
believe a walk isn't really a walk until you wish you'd turned back
10 minutes ago. Though this might sometimes happen after 10
minutes. It’s important to mention that, much as I love being out
on a hill, my capacity for long hikes has diminished a bit & I
often walk with a stick. It’s a marvellous maplewood stick which
complements most outfits, but a stick it is nonetheless. I will not
be joining you on a marathon.
I'm a reasonable cook, usually of the 'throw it in and see what
happens' variety. I generally eat healthy food, but would happily
die face down in a big plate of dauphinoise potatoes. Or crème
anglaise. And I’ve hit a baking patch at the moment, so in reality
claims of healthy living are a slight exaggeration.
I have woolly liberal, left of Labour, green political
inclinations. Yes, I recycle. Yes, the Guardian comments pages make
me angry. Yes, I want to punch George Osborne.
I have very strong opinions about inconsequential things (like
which side of a crumpet you toast first) but am better able to hold
a balanced viewpoint on the important stuff. And I hate smileys.
I've used them twice, and feel compromised and slightly tainted.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm living somewhere which simultaneously is in the middle of
nowhere and the centre of the universe. I really like it here. I'm
trying, and failing, to get my house and garden in shape. I have
grand plans for vegetables which are still unfulfilled.
I work in a museum and spend a lot of my time trawling through
stuff, researching, and looking at photography. It's good.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Buying cheese. Procrastinating. Listening. Talking rubbish (when
the mood takes me). Arranging articles of minimal value into
pleasing arrangements (well, they please me). Lighting fires. Being
curious. Being friendly. Doodling. Being nice to cats.
The first things people usually notice about me
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I really have no idea.
Other people’s observations put to the test.
1) My brother asked whether I could speak without moving my hands.
We experimented, and the answer was shown to be no, not really. I
do quite a lot of expressive arm waving when enthusiastic. Or when
explaining something slightly complicated. Or just generally
2) One of my friends pointed out that it is usually possible for
people to walk and talk at the same time. We established that no,
it isn’t. Well, I can’t anyway. I grind to a halt, and wave my arms
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Not fond of big lists to sum me up really, as I always end up going
'oh I forgot about that'. And it feels like a school holiday essay.
I like to think my taste is eclectic. It's probably not. And I read
quite a bit for work, so home reading goes in patches.
My favourite authors are George Orwell (more for the essays than
fiction...but I want to go to to the top of Jura where he wrote
1984 and look at the sea), Primo Levi. I loved Immortality by
Kundera, it's a while since I read it but bits still pop into my
head. Wolf Hall - I thought it was astonishing, and liked Bring up
the Bodies nearly as much. I've just finished The Pirates! In an
adventure with Napoleon. It made me laugh out loud on several
occasions and nearly snort tea out of my nose (that is good, in
case you were wondering) . And I'm just finishing Jenni Diski's
book on animals which is both funny and thought provoking. Oh! and
short stories are my favourite...Maupassant, Chekov, Helen Simpson
etc etc. And 19th C French novels...Balzac especially.
Music - all sorts except heavy metal and really really cheesy pop.
Generally choose indie, world, old soul. Happy to hear other
people's favourites, as I don't have a very refined palate and get
overwhelmed with choice. Things I've had on the i-pod recently...
Ella Fitz, Nina Simone, PJ Harvey, Hendrix, Tarmac and Louise
Attaque (more Frenchness), Go Team, REM, Bowie, the JBs and Lyn
Collins, Orchestra Baobab.
And Britney Spears Womaniser. But we won't talk about that.
Films and TV. Got rid of the telly, but use the i-player. Look for
arts programmes, decent comody and good chunky drama series like
The Killing, The Wire, am going to start on Spiral soon, although
the best stuff I've seen recently is the Alec Guiness 'Tinker
Tailor' and 'Smiley's People'. Like independent and classic
And now I have run out of steam...
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Cherries in season, old fashioned tea shops and greasy spoons
(that’s one), creme eggs (but only from Christmas to just after
Easter), weather (in all its variety), time by myself.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
My favourite involves food, drink, chat either in or out.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have a terrible habit of skipping ahead while reading, and have
been known to do this while reading a 15 page short story. This
probably indicates a serious character flaw, or perhaps an aversion
to delayed gratification. Anyway, it’s bad, and I know it’s bad.
There...now you know.
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