Where to start? I live in the United Kingdom - the city of Swansea in Wales.
My life has changed very considerably during the last few years. My husband sadly died in 2008. Since then I have rebuilt my life with the help of a number of dear friends, including a special one who has expanded my horizons and encouraged me to see the world in new ways. He knows who he is.
Through being an Ambassador for TAN Community Dance
and my friendship with Stacey at Revue Studios
I've become more and more involved in dancing in recent years.
I do 5 Rhythms, street and contemporary dance. I've done several dances on location around Swansea to raise money for charity and have performed at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Grand Theatre, The Taliesin Arts Complex, Swansea and Neath University Theatres and the Gwyn Hall in Neath.
I've been active in politics over the last few years and stood as a Labour candidate in the local elections of 2012. Here I am at a rally in 2013.
I'm a member of the LC2 gym in Swansea and enjoy keeping fit and doing the classes there.
I'm also a member of a drawing group here. We go to each other's houses and sit and draw and chat. Sometimes Julia the spouse of one of our members plays piano for us as we draw.
I was married to my husband Chris for many years, you can read about him here, Chris.
Our two children are both grown up and I have one grandchild.
I went to Art College for 5 years many years ago and got a degree in Art and Design. I also did an Open University degree covering amongst other things - statistics, social science, systems behaviour and psychology.
I've done all sorts of jobs - worked in Woolworth's and on a market stall, been an
artist's model, drilled parts for trucks, worked in an accountant's office, run a cleaning business, designed knitwear, edited a newsletter on women's education, organized conferences, gone round to schools giving talks, brought up my children.
I've lived in 3 countries: England, the USA (California) and Wales.
I was born in Rochdale in Lancashire and am proud to come from the town that gave the world the co-operative movement.
See an illustrated history of the Rochdale Co-op that I made here
I enjoy my computer and playing with graphics and learned about HTML making OE stationery using VB script, I also used to spend a lot of time playing with 3D programmes. You can see some of my images on this site.
Much of my Internet and tech learning came from newsgroups in the noughties - you can meet some great people in newsgroups!
I was a Sysop at the Annexcafé
I also enjoy researching my ancestors on the Internet. I feel lucky every day that I was not born in the 1800s after finding out that two of my great-grandfathers worked in a cotton-mill from the age of 11!
Visit my Family History
Away from my computer I enjoy gardening - I know the Latin names of some plants; and I like knitting and designing knitting patterns, but never seem to have time nowadays.
I love reading but that's another thing I don't get enough time for.
I tried to learn some Welsh in the past, it was one of the most difficult but rewarding things I've ever done!
Visit my Welsh
I have an ambition to be organised one day both on my computer and in the real world, but it never seems to happen. hahaha.... I still live in hope though, so I
must be an optimist.
So that's me :-)
FAVOURITE MUSIC AND MUSICIANS:
Mozart String Quintets
Hard Dance music
Van Halen when David Lee Roth was with them
Minimalist music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams
You haven't lived until you've heard "Zefiro Torno" performed by Il Complesso Barocco!
The best of United Dance- mixed by Slipman & Vibes/Force & Styles ** FBRCD339
Hardcore til I die - Hixxy/Styles/Breeze ** REACTCD247
Leftfield - Leftism ** HANDCD2
Sumi Jo Sings Mozart ** Erato0630-14637-2
"Dans Un Bois Solitaire" - Gerard Lesne ** VV 7243 5 45303 2 6
"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami
"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan
"Getting Even" by Carolyn Haddad
"A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
"Larry's Party" by Carol Shields
"Welcome To The Great Mysterious" by Lorna Landvik
"Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
"None of Your Business" by Valerie Block
"The Female Eunuch" by Germaine Greer
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte
"What Katy Did" by Susan Coolidge
"Lytton Strachey" by Michael Holroyd
FAVOURITE GRAPHICS PROGRAMME