52 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm going to start by saying I'm not at all weird, I was going to be wondermaid, which is an anagram of my ex's business name, but I became affectionately known as weirdmaid and typed it in without thinking ...

Articulate, bohemian, caring, dynamic, enthusiastic, feminine, gregarious, hormone-free, imaginative, joyous, kind, loving, meticulous, numerate, open, passionate, quirky, relaxed, sensitive, tactile, unusual, vintage (think wine, I'm getting better every year), witty, and I'm working on the rest. I think (hope) I'm a funny, kind extrovert ...

Some stuff I've done ... I was an agony aunt (was fired). Used to teach native dancing in Peru to rich American tourists. My main love is acting, which I've done for 20 years (favourite roles (a) an inflatable doll, (b) Alan Bennett's Talking Heads and (c) Miss September in Calendar Girls). Had my own (extremely small) business for 19 years. Have done a lot of short story/scriptwriting and had quite a bit published/performed, albeit locally. I was an 'emerging author' at the Book Festival in 2010, although my chrysalis is still intact and hasn't emerged yet.

I'm always on the go, glass is always almost full (preferably of Wolf Blass), cheese rather than chocolate, cat rather than dog, smile rather than frown.

I'm at a stage in my life where it's all ahead of me - new relationships, new job, new everything. I'm a canvas that's had a lot painted on it in the past, now freshly painted white and ready to go. I'd love some help from somebody suitably tall (yes, I'm sizeist), creative, intelligent and funny. I know, I know, this is internet dating, but I'm an eternal optimist.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a PA to the Director of somewhere I probably shouldn't mention on the internet. I tend to go through life at 100mph, but need someone to run with me, and make me slow down every now and again.
I’m really good at
Acting, cooking, laughing, making people smile, writing, putting my foot in it. I can swim a mile in 50 minutes, but the last few lengths are pretty much underwater.
The first things people usually notice about me
When I walk into a room the lights dim, people fall quiet, their eyes follow me and the spotlight focuses on me (that's on stage). Otherwise, tall ... my smile ... I speak posh English. Well I do, so you'll have to get used to it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books, Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey, Ian Banks, the Bronte sisters, Bill Bryson, William Boyd, Maggie O'Farrell, Sarah Waters, Kate Atkinson, and my guilty pleasure is Ian Rankin. Films, Jean de Florette, Life of Brian, anything by Mike Leigh, anything with Julie Walters, Alison Steadman or Penelope Wilton. Shows ... I tend to be in them rather than go to them ... Music, last 5 CDs I've had out are Newton Faulkner (for the lyrics - 'You're the resin on my heartstrings, make them sing - how lovely is that?), Bruno Mars (for dancing round the house), Natalie Merchant (all time favourite), Clapton (because he's wonderful every night) and Crowded House (Neil Finn's voice makes me all emotional). Food? Yes please. My fridge is full of really smelly cheese, olives, chorizo, wine, 7 different fruits (at last count) and lots of different sauces, mustards etc.
The six things I could never do without
Oh, we all know what we're meant to say here, silly question. If I had to I could get by with not a lot. Most important for me is human contact I suppose ... knowing that you mean something to somebody, whether that's family, friends or a lover.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to fill this in without sounding too full-on for quieter, more serious people (which I like), or too wussy for the dynamos (which I like), whilst still being truthful (which I am).
On a typical Friday night I am
Last four Fridays ... sofa with DVD and glass of wine, being a fairy in a pantomime, party, back to sofa again.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm actually 54, but age is in the head, isn't it?
You should message me if
I made you smile at all. (But please not if you live far away, I'm not after penpals ... and another please, don't just say hi. What am I meant to reply to that? Oh, and one more please, not if you're the same age as my kids. Not going to happen.)