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Someone has suggested I post my email address as my pm's are VERY unreliable....sorry to any who have had problems.....
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I am going to run the Newcastle/Gateshead Mile for Sport Relief 2006.
if you would like to sponsor me, please email me at the address above. This will be the first REAL run I've done.....other than running at the gym, or for pleasure/fitness!

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Be very proud to be British because...

Only in Britain... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

Only in Britain... do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to
the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in Britain... do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a DIET coke.

Only in Britain... do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to
the counters.

Only in Britain... do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage.

Only in Britain... do we use answering machines to screen calls and then
have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to
talk to in the first place.

Only in Britain... are there disabled parking places in front of a skating rink.

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Tower of Commitment 106
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Your Passion is Purple!

You've got a ton of passion, but you don't always wear it on your sleeve.
If something truly excites you, you let your inner intensity shine through.
But otherwise, your passion tends to morph into energy ... which you never lack.
You're a balanced woman, knowing when to turn on the fire in your heart.

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things. Quite the idealist, you think you have
all the answers, whether for right or wrong.
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can change the world! In a relationship, you
need a partner of high intellect.

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and you, often seems at odds, with you
frequently seeing things from a different point
of view.

You have a connection with nature,
often stating, that things will take their
natural course. Nevertheless, secretly, you
would like to use nature to your own

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intelligent, instigative and thoughtful and
your bad points are, you can be single-minded,
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Your Element is Earth

Your power color: yellow

Your energy: balancing

Your season: changing of seasons

Dedicated and responsible, you are a rock to your friends.

You are skilled at working out even the most difficult problems.

Low key and calm, you are happiest when you are around loved ones.

Ambitious and goal oriented, you have long term plans to be successful.

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You Are a Good Student of Men

You're pretty good at knowing what men are thinking

But you're not dead on 100% of the time

Let your guy off the hook sometimes... because you may be reading him all wrong!

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Your Fashion Style is Girly

You dress to look beautiful and show off what you've got

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You love feeling like a girl in any setting

Even your workout clothes are cute and feminine!

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Your Aura is Blue

Your Personality: Your natural warmth and intuition nurtures those around you. You are accepting and always follow your heart.

You in Love: Relationships are your top priority, and this includes love. You are most happy when you are serious with someone.

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You Belong in Paris

Stylish and a little sassy, you were meant for Paris.

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Spellbound - Jane Green
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Good Harbor - Anita Diamant

Hannah's Gift - Maria Housden
Unravelled - Maria Housden
No Dress Rehearsal - Marian Keyes

Hi. I'm 25 (1/4 century - scary huh?!) and have loved books since I was old enough to hold one!!
My reading at school was well above average, and I have continued to be a bookworm through to adulthood.
It is my escapism from a bad day, or stresses of day to day life - i just get lost in a book. Often I can read a whole book in 2-3 hours if I get right into it!
My book goes about everywhere I go, as i love to take any chance to read!
couldn't even begin to list books I've enjoyed - I'd be here all day! I will say though, that my tastes are VERY eclectic! I read from chic lit to Southern American/Cuban and Widwestern History with everythinhg in between.
I am a primary teacher (though having done SEN EN support in comps, right now I am a COver Supervisor in a local Comprehensive) - I did an English Literature degree (heaven) with QTS; oddly I loved analysing the books and thinking more deeply about them... In teaching, one of my greatest pleasures was sharing books with my children (they were 5/6) and hopefully instilling some of my love of books in them!
My Dad and I have always, when on holiday taken books we don't mind leaving behind and left them in a wide array of locations. I have often wondered who picks them up and if they enjoy them - the magic of book crossing is that some will register and tell you!
I believe that each book is a journey that we share as the reader, with the author - they take us on that journey from the first word to the last word...If it is a travel book, they take us on two jouneys!
BUT I also firmly believe that each book is on a journey - it's own special jouney. It sets out to meet people, find friends along the way, to be enjoyed and treasured, and remembered long after the book closed and released to the wild.
Each one of us can be a part of that journey, if we cross paths with a certain book at a certain time. That's whay i love the idea of books coming from around the world, to be read and enjoyed here then resume their journey of discovery in another part of the globe...Thus, I think book crossing is a wonderful idea.
Am working slowly on getting my shelf updated - I'll eventually get my TBR's up there too!

other passions aside from books are:
travelling. I can't be doing with beach/drinking holidays. To me going on holiday is all about the place and people, learning about the culture of the place you visit.. As you may have gathered, I love learning! theatre, cinema, socialising, and corresponding with friends in varying parts of the globe.
MUsic: I was raised on country music (first songs I ever learned words to were; John Denver- Rocky Mountian High, Reba McEntire - Whoever's In New England and KT Oslin - 80's Ladies!) As I've gotten older my tastes have diversified - I still adore country music, and I love the work of singer songwriters. Favourites are: Tia McGraff (, and her Uk site manned by ME is Kate Campbell (, Gretchen Peters( (who has worked extensively with Bryan Adams - love his work too)Beth Nielsen Chapman (, Sarah McLachlan (, Lynn Miles, Lucy Kaplansky(, Matraca Berg, Sinead Lohan, - among others...Check them out on their sites.
Tia McGraff and her partner/fiance Tommy Parham have just completed their 2nd very successful tour of the UK this year...they are very special friends, very talented people, and lovely people too....

I hate: people getting out of control drunk, and my number one gripe is apostrophes in the wrong places - makes my blood boil - as do spelling mistakes in public places! Guess that's the peril of being an English Graduate lol

I'll add to this if I think of anything else to tell you..

My Wish List:


Fleeting Rome - Carlos Levi
Down Under - Bill Bryson
The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson
The Fellowship of the Ring - JR Tolkien
Of Mice and men - John Steinbeck
Sleep Pale Sister - Joanne Harris
Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo - Tom Humphries
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe -Fannie
PS I love you - Cecelia Ahern
French Postcards - Norma Klein
Clock Without Hands - Carson McCullers
The Parsifal Mosaic - Robert Ludlum
The Prometheus Deception - Robert Ludlum
The Road to Omaha - Robert Ludlum
The Scorpio Illusion - Robert Ludlum
A Girl named Zippy - Haven Kimmel
Carrie's War - Nina Bawden
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
Waterland - Graham Swift
Sickened - Julie Gregory
Ice Tea and Elvis - Nick Middleton
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly
Void Moon - Michael Connelly
Forget you Had a Daughter - Sandra Gregory
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks
Coastliners - Joanne Harris
Charlotte Gray - Sebastian Faulks
Blackberry Wine - Joanne Harris
A Monk Swimming - Malachy Mccourt
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Career Girls - Louise Bagshawe
The Movie - Louise Bagshawe
Life of Pi - Yann Martell
Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Marjoran
Red, White and Blue - Susan Isaacs
Man and Wife - Tony Parsons
The Road to McCarthy - Pete McCarthy
Good harbor - Anita Diamant
The Song reader - Lisa Tucker (library book)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - Mark Haddon
La Cucina - Lily Prior
The Aquitaine Progression - Robert Ludlum
The Holcroft Covenant - Robert Ludlum
Slave - mende Nazer (library book)
The Secret Life of bees - Sue Monk Kidd
THe Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
The Tenko Club - Elizabeth Young
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali - Gil Courtemanche
Across America with the Boys - Matthew Collins (library book)
West of Kabul, East of New York - Tanim Ansary (library book)
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
Travels in a Strange State - Josie Dew
Below the Breadline - Fran Abrams
The Sewing Circles of Herat - Christina Lamb
I Don't Know how she does It - Alison Pearson
Larry McMurtry - Roads
Round Ireland with a Fridge - Tony Hawks
The Cupid Effect - Dorothy Koomson
What's a Girl To Do - Tyne O'Connell
Don't You want me - India Knight
The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart - Alice Walker (Library book)
Schott's Original Miscellany - Ben Schott
The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontla Snogging - Louise Rennison
Riding in Cars With Boys - Beverly Donofrio
Prodigal Summer - Barbara KIngsolver
It's OK, I'm Wearing really Big Knickers! - Louise Rennison
The Stories of Eva Luna - Isabel Allende
Phoebe - Patricia Dizenzo
Eating Peaches - Tara Heavey
TwoPence to Cross the Mersey - Helen Forrester
Mister God, This is Anna - Fynn
Olivia Joules and the OverACTIVE iMAGINAtion - Helen Fielding
Under the Duvet - Marian keyes
Coyote Blue - Christopher Moore
Lamb - Christopher Moore
Bee Season - Myla Goldberg
Hannah's Gift - Maria Housden
Miss Julia Speaks her Mind (bookring)
How to Breathe Underwater - Julie Orringer
Neither Here nor There - Bill Bryson
Notes From a Small Island - Bill Bryson
Ubderstanding September 11th -
Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
The Bad Mother's Handbook - Kate Long
Olivia Joules and the OverACtive Imagination - Helen Fielding
Dude, Where's My country? - Michael Moore
Jigs and Reels - Joanne Harris
if My Father Loved Me - Rosie Thomas
A Mother's Story - Sara Payne
Where Rainbows End - Celia Ahern
Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson
Love Rules - Freya North
Strange Pilgrims - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Roots - Alex Hayley
The Baby Trail - Sinead Moriarty
Dreaming in Cuban - Christina Garcia
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure - Dave Gorman
Hunting Unicorns - Bella Pollen
The Other Woman - Jane Green
The Illustrated Mum - Jacqueline Wilson
Strange Pilgrims - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Grouchy Grammarian - Thomas Parrish
Cuban Heels - Emily Barr
Breathe - Anne-Sophie Brasme
The Other Woman - Jane Green
Sugar and Slate - Charlotte Williams
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man - Fannie Flagg
Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
In a Sunburned Country - Bill Bryson
An Equal Music - Vikram Seth
Cranberry Queen - Kathleen DeMarco
Vroom with A View - Pete Moore
Shopaholic and Sister - Sophie Kinsella
Where Raibows End - Celia Ahern
Twelve Times Blessed - Jacqueline Michard
Bergdorf Blondes - Plum Sykes
The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
Property - Valerie Martin
The Party Season - Sarah mason
Kiwis Might Fly - Polly Evans
Nothing bad Ever happens at Tiffany's - Marian Keyes
Aspen - Vanessa Fox
Shopaholic Abroad - Sophie Kinsella
Blue Diary - Alice Hoffman
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint - Brady
Diva las Vegas - belinda Jones
Waiting for The World to End - Nicole Hunter
Gods in Alabama - joshilyn Jackson (ring)
The Motorcycle Diaries - Che Guevara (ring)
Idiot Nation - Michael Moore
The School Inspector Calls - Gervase Phinn
The World according to Mimi Smartypants
An Equal Music - Vikram Seth
The Best Boy in the World -
Property - Valerie Martin
Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
For Matrimonial Purposes - Kavita Desai
Apple of my Eye - Helene Hanff
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Cranberry Queen - Kathleen DeMarco
The Wedding - Nicholas Sparks
How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
Nights of Rain and Stars - Maeve Binchy
Love Rules (re -read) - Adele Parks
Raspberries on the Yangtze - Karen Wallace
An Invisible Sign of My Own - Aimee Bender
Postcards from Wits End - Sarah Harvey
Quickening - Laura ?
Larger Than Life (re-read) - Adele Parks
The Laments - George Hagen
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
Young Nick's Head - Karen Hesse
I'm Not Scared - Miccolo Ammanati
The House of Spirits - Isabelle Allende
The Guardian - Nicholas Sparks
THe Mermaids singing - Lisa Carey
Wish You well - David Baldacci
The Other Woman's Shoes - Adele Parks
The Mermaid and the Drunks - Ben Richards
Plainsong - Kent Haruf
The Shop on Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber (ring)
Mia's Gift - Mia Dolan
House Wife Down - Allison Penton Harper
Eve Green - Susan Fletcher
I'm A Teacher, Get me Out of Here - Francis Gilbert
Being Jordan - Katie Price
204 Rosewood Lane - Debbie Macomber
Love Eternally - Deborah Wright
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis 2- The Story of a Return - Marjane Satrapi
The Little Prisoner - Jane Elliott
Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult
Unless -Carol Shields
The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella (ring)
The Deathwood Letters - Hazel Townson
Tiger's Child - Torey hayden
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters - Elisabeth Robinson (ring)
Hotel World - Ali Smith
Interpreter of maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri (ring)
Dirty Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
Educating Esme - Esme
The World According to Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson
Talk to the Hand - Lynne Truss

Good Grief - Lolly Winston (ring)
Looking for La Bomba- Richard Neill
Shopaholic and Sister - Sophie Kinsella
Lucas - Kevein Brooks
A Slipping Down Life - Anne Tyler
Talkin' Texan - Joe Kent Roberts
The idea of Perfection - Kate Grenville
The mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd
We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver
The Worst Thing a suburban Girl could Imagine - Melissa Banks
In Defence of English Cooking - George Orwell
On Shopping (which Gladdens the Heart) India Knight
Diary of a mad mother to be - Laura Wolf
Brokeback Mountain - Annie Proulx
Firecracker- Sean Stewart
Atlantic Shift - Emily Barr
Shampoo Planet - Douglas Coupland (ring)
a House Called Helen - Jacqueline
Falling Leaves - Adeline yen mah
C - John Diamond
Becoming Strangers - Louise Dean
Oranges are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
Lucy Clare - Hoping for Hope
The Nanny Diaries - Nicole Kraus
A nice cup of tea and a sit down - nicey and wifey
I hate the GYm - Jessica Kaminsky
Oranges are not the only fruit - Jeanette winterson
Stasiland - Anna Funder
To be Someone - Louise Voss
Tales From Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
With a Crack in her Voice - Judi Dench - John Miller
The Big Over easy - Jasper Fforde
Travels with Macy - Bruce Fogle
Woman Walks into a Bar = Rowan Coleman
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Hide and Seek - Claire Sambrook
Merde Actually - Stephen Clarke (library book)
Painting Ruby Tuesday - Jane Yardley
Incidents in the Life of a Slave girl - Harriet Jacobs
Boating for Beginners - Jeanette Winterson
31 Songs - Nick Hornby
Second Glance - Jodi Picoult
Confessions of a bad Mother - Stephanie Calman
Farewell my Concubine -
Thursdays at eight - Debbie Macomber
vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult
Goodbye, Johhny Thunders - Tania Kindersley
We're Just like you, only prettier - Celia Rivenbark
The idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club - Laurie Notaro
Life Swap - Jane Green
Anybody Out There? - Marian Keyes
Bald in the Land of Big Hair - Joni Rodgers
Ghost Girl - Torey Hayden
Somebody Else's Kids - Torey Hayden
Just Another Kid - Torey Hayden
Teacher On The Run - Francis Gilbert (library book)
Aninal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver
Gypsy Masala - Preethi Nair
The Kitchen Witch
Crystal Clear - Jane Heller
The Farm - Richard Benson
The Art of Keeping Secrets - Eva Rice
Husbands - Adele Parks

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