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So you want to know a little bit about me (why else would you be here!!). Where to begin? Well as Julie Andrews once said "lets start at the very beginning - a very good place to start"...

I was born in a small market town in the Midlands on a cold November morning, making me a Scorpio (for those who are interested in astrology).

I grew up in Peterchurch a small village in Herefordshire (roughly half way between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye) and I have to to say I hated the place.

I went to Peterchurch Primary and Fairfield Secondary School .

When I left school I did a YTS in Folly House and Rockfield Road Centre

I then started workk as a Technical Assistant for the Hereford and Worcester Trading Standards Department. I stayed with them for two years (until I moved away from the area)

I moved to Cardiff (in 1984) where I now work for the NHS (Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust) at the UHW (University Hospital of Wales).

I have passed stage 1 BSL (British Sign Language).

I even had an attempt to learn Welsh, which was a total disaster!! I can say; How are you? What's your name? It is raing. and I am tired. Very useful! Well you try saying things like: Llanfairpwllgwyngogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!!!!!

Height: 5ft7in - Hair: Yes - Eyes: Two!

Hobbies and Interests:

I collect TV memorabilia. i.e. autographed photos (not all photos have been scanned yet), toys, celebrity dolls, books, videos, DVDs, comics and magazines. This collection is topped with a full sized Dalek and K9. and now a Tardis 

I have set up a couple of Yahoo groups dedicate to Dr Who and autograph collecting:

DoctorWho2006 BigFinishAudioDramas

And ofcourse this website.

I got involved with the whole internet business over seven years ago and have attempted to design my own web pages. Check out: Louise Jameson and Bugs. They are nothing flash, but they were the first and I enjoyed making them. I'm not sure these sites sill exist.

And now I have discovered the joys of digital photography and have a few photo albums online. These are a few sample images.

I have two beautiful black labradors (sometimes I wish they were still this small) named Cally and Seven and a cat, Salsa.

I have never been "into" sports as anyone who knew me in school will testify to. I would do anything to get out of games. However I have attempted skiing at Heavenly, Lake Tahoe. And I have ridden the rapids in a jet boat (though technically not a sport - though the closest I'll ever get) in New Zealand. I hope to do a bungie jump when I next get back! - Like that's gonna happen :)

Country Music is my all time favorite. New country as apposed to "Country and Western", there IS a difference. Reba Mcentire has to be the "queen of country" in my eyes. And I was luckily enough to see her in concert at the Country Festival at the London Arena on 22nd April 2000. I also met her in Los Angeles when she was having her "star" placed in the "Hollywood Walk of Fame", 18th September 1998.

I love to travel and have been lucky enough to have been to some fantastic places around the world. This list isn't here to make me sound pretentious, just to show where I have been!

UK: - London, Edinburgh, Dundee, St Andrews, Liverpool, Birmingham, Hereford, Worcester, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Cardiff, Swansea, Tenby, Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, Slough !!, Reading, Portmeirion, Aldbourne, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick

Now the interesting places!!!! I usually fly with United Airlines.

USA: San Diego, Julian, Cardiff by the Sea, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Malibu, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Lake Taupo, Reno, Virginia City, Grand Canyon, Florida, Orlando, Key Largo, Key West, Nashville, San Antionio, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Albany, Stockbridge, Boston, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Chicargo,

Europe: - Monacco (for Grand Prix 2005) Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Athens - Must do more Europe.

Australia: - Perth, Alice Springs, Ayres Rock, Cairns, Dunk Island, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Melbourne, Adelaide

New Zealand: - Both Islands

Train Journeys:
Eastern and Orient Express from Bangkok to Singapore (Nov 2004)
The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide (Dec 2005)
Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Sydney (Dec 2005)
VIA Rail across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver (March 2007)

yet to do:
The Venice Simplon Orient Express
Rovos Rail, and The Blue Train, South Africa
Palace on Wheels and The Royal Orient in India

Others: San Jose & Turtuguero, Costa Rica, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, Egypt

Forth-coming Trips: Bangkok (Sept 2007) Sydney, New Zealand South Island ( Christmas 2007); Los Angeles (March 2008)

Places yet to visit (but will get there one day):- Spain, Italy, China, India.

Hotels: ANA, Fairmont, Embassy Suites, Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Pachira Lodge

I also enjoy going to the Theatre and "Les Miserables" has got to be the best musical of all time (In my humble opinion). I also love Mamma Mia, and it was an annual event, now replaced with Billie Elliott.

Usually go to the National Theatre a few times a year.

Now (again quoting Julie Andrews) "these are a few of my favorite things" Click on the link to take you to the official sites.

Television: - I prefer Sci-fi and fantasy programmes as you will tell from the list. Dr Who, Lost, Heroes, Xena, Blakes 7, Star Trek: Voyager, Space 1999, EastEnders - no longer watch soap - I've been "on the wagon since Christmas 2004!! - One day at a time !!! Survivor, The Mole.

I am now into all the CSI series' and American's Next Top Model!!!!

Film: -at the moment it is "Very Annie Mary" but my fav film changes from month to month. Other favorites include: Carry On and James Bond films, Shrek, Harry Potter, Titanic, Gladiator, Charlie's Angels, The Net, any of the Friday 13th films, and basically any Sci-fi or Horror film.

Authors: - John Wyndham, Phillip Pullman and Sean Hutson

Books: - Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos. Watership Down, Why Didn't They Ask Evans, His Dark Materials

Theatre: Plays and Shows I have seen

Playwrite: - Alan Ayckbourn,

Plays:- His Dark Materials, The History Boys (listening to the audio track now) House & Garden, Noises Off

The Worst Play I Saw!!: Mother Clap's Molly House

Shows: - Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Song and Dance, Whistle Down the Wind, Rent Billie Elliott

Theatre Links: National Theatre, London Theatre Guide, Cardiff Theatre Guide

Music: - Country (there is always a story in the song - and if you're feeling depressed put on a country song and you will be thoroughly suicidal by the end of it!!!). Rock and Pop.

Albums:
Faster Than the Speed of Night, Bonnie Tyler
What If It's You, Reba McEntire

Artistes: - Reba McEntire, Chely Wright, Toby Keith, Bonnie Tyler, Abba, Steps, Klyie Minogue Mark Wills,

Actors: - Guy Pearce, John Barrowman

Actresses: - Louise Jameson, Kate O'Mara, Lucy Lawless, Sandra Bullock, Drew Barrymore.

Food: - Thai (eating and I also love to cook - here are some of my recipes), Seafood, Mexican, Italian.

Restaurants: These are my favorite restaurants (in order). I don't get to visit them that much!!

Au Chien Qui Fume

33, rue du Pont Neuf 75001 Paris

[42 36 07 42]

Salt Restaurant

229 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

[(02) 9332-2566]

The Ivy

1-5 West Street, London. WC2H9NE

[020 7836 4751]

Kacsa

Budapest, FO utca 75.

[201-9992]

les Templiers

Commanderie de la Villedieu,

 

The Captain's Table

860 2nd Avenue at 46th St. New York

[212 697 9538]

Walnut Tree,

Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny

[01873 852797]

Milano's Cucina Italian

525 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

[818 244 110]

A Taste of Wales

City Road, Cardiff [now closed]

 

The Fortune House

43-45 Salisbury Road, Cathays, Cardiff. CF24 4AB

[029 2064 1311]

Dusit Thai Restaurant

249 James Street, Northbridge 6003 Perth. W.A

[ 08 9328 7647]

Nashville Palace

2400 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214-1001

[615) 885-1540]

 

 

 

Alcoholic Beverage: - G&T, Merlot (though don't really drink)

Non-Alcoholic Beverage: - Sparkling Water, Diet Pepsi, Jasmine Tea

Drugs!: - The only drug I "do" is caffeine - can't get enough black coffee!!

Lasts:

Film seen: The Bourne Ultimatium

Book Read: Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie

 

 

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