In no particular order, here's a rambling collection of facts about me.

  • Born on 11th February 1971 in Orsett Hospital, UK; a born and bred 'Essex' girl (though it doesn't show)
  • Apparently I show nearly all the traits on Aquarian, and I'm rather proud of it.
  • Academically I could have done better at school.... bright kid but easily bored. Despite this, I managed to get 11 O levels, 1 AO level, 2 GCSE's, 2 A levels, an HNC in Electronics, a BTEC diploma in Art, a BA (hons) in Textiles, PGCE (teaching post grad) in Art & Design and half a Bsc in Industrial Textiles.
  • I was bullied nearly all the way through school for 'being different'.
  • The first time I dyed my hair it was bleached blonde, age 11. Though I've never dyed it green or blue.
  • I used to teach Art and Textiles. But after 2 nervous breakdowns, work-place bullying (denied, of course) and more health issues in 6 years than I can remember, I was medically retired in late 2006.
  • My first gig was The Damned, aged 14.
  • I was interrogated by the Bangkok Police in 2004 for dropping a cigarette butt outside the train station. Ironically, I managed to barter my fine down.
  • The one and only time Nirvana played in the Uk was at Reading Festival..... it was muddy, I was tired and couldn't be arsed, so slept in my tent through the performance. Kurt Cobain killed himself a few months later.
  • I was taught to knit aged 3 by my Mum. Most of what I know is self-taught, and then the invention of the internet helped fill in the gaps.
  • I have an inexplicable fear of water. The fact that I used to swim for my county as a kid doesn't make sense.... think it's the murky natural waters that do me in, rather than the clinically clean pools.
  • If I stay in any one place for too long, I get depressed.
  • I've been plagued by clinical depression most of my life, yet only sought help when I turned 30.
  • Being called an 'animal lover' is an understatement. I get incredibly angry whenever I see or hear of animals being poorly treated.
  • Whenever I get spots, they appear in near perfect symmetry.
  • There are 6 piercings in my left ear, 12 in my right ear and one in my nose. This fact is subject to change.
  • Don't ever mention Margaret Thatcher in conversation with me, unless you want to see me get very opinionated. The damage that woman did to freedom of thought and movement, and to the traveller lifestyle...... she should be tried for crimes against humanity.
  • I couldn't tell you when my love of Woolly Hats started; it's always been the way.
  • I've been proposed to 4 times, yet never married.
  • My first car accident happened a year to the day after I passed my driving test. I flipped a mini upside down into a field in Somerset.
  • My great, great, grandfather (mothers' side) was James Connolly, leader of the 1916 Easter uprising, the man who bought about the independance of Southern Ireland. I haven't checked this fact for myself, but I'm assured it's true.
  • I was always mistaken for a boy when growing up. Even at age 19, it was hard to tell, apparently. I was with boyfriend of the moment, buying something from Norwich market and as the seller gave me the change he said - "There you go love. Oh sorry mate, I thought you were a girl! (pause) Oh shit, you are a girl". I still think I look like a boy.
  • Have only ever had one speeding ticket. My mini (not the one I flipped) had just had it's engine re-bored, and I caught doing 50 in a 30 limit. Tsk.
  • Don't own any lipstick, foundation or blusher. However, I do have a liking for buying kohl pencils, eye shadow and mascara. Not that I wear them very often, I'm allergic to most.
  • Material possessions I may have, but there aren't many I'd choose to keep in a critical situation. My skills are the most precious things to me.
  • The thought of wearing non-matching underwear gives me the heebies. Black bra and white knickers - what are you thinking? These days I keep all my undies black to make life easy.
  • I don't believe in shampoo or hairdressers. Actually, hair products full stop are the work of the devil. Your hair doesn't need them!
  • I don't do shoes. Hate shoe shopping. I've a few pairs of trainers, few pairs of boots and that does me nicely, thank you very much.
  • I *love* getting wet in the summer rain! Oh, and I loathe umbrellas. Truely dangerous pieces of equipment.
  • My first car accident happened a year to the day after I passed my driving test. I flipped a mini upside down into a field in Somerset.
  • Nothing Compares 2U' by Sinead O'Connor, 'Losing My Religion' by REM and 'Green and Grey' by New Model Army are all tracks guaranteed to make me cry.
  • I have a deep love for supposedly 'run-down and working class' seaside resorts (read Hastings and Southend)
  • Don't own any lipstick, foundation or blusher. However, I do have a liking for buying kohl pencils, eye shadow and mascara. Not that I wear them very often, I'm allergic to most.
  • Technically I have 3 tattoos, but only 2 are visible. The last one was on the soul of my right foot. In fear of hurting me, the tattooist didn't got very deep, and all that's left are 2 dots.
  • I prefer to be bra-less in summer. When I headed north for a few days by myself in Thailand, it took some time to realise that people were staring because I wasn't wearing a bra. That and the fact that I was the only European around. Oh, and I had a red mohican. (I went right off the tourist track, to the Thai equivalent of Birmingham) Somtimes I do get bothered about going topless on beaches though, depends where I am (and where my head's at)
  • Wish I could do the whole 'jump out of bed and be lively' thing. I need lots of time and coffee before I can function.
  • I have a tendency to laugh inappropriately. And I often get the blame for things 'happening', as apparently I'm a bit mischievous.
  • I'm tone deaf and can't play any musical instruments.
  • I do actually own a suit, which surprises some people. I designed it myself, and had it made-to-measure in Koh Samui. It's cashmere & wool, trouser suit in black. Obviously. It's been worn twice in 4 years.
  • In theory, I'm a Taoist with a few Pagan principles.
  • I like hairy men, the hairier the better. Clean shaven boys do nothing for me. Hairy backs are just weird, obviously, though hairy chests are the sexiest thing ever. Rock on Tom ;)
  • I have a strawberry birthmark right next to my belly button. Growing up, I hated it as it looks sincerely like a love bite. These days I kinda think it's sexy.
  • I 'nest' stuff like lip balm, tampons, emery boards, rizla's and so on. Have some in every corner, just incase. Saves me remembering where I've put them.
  • Have a fear of swimming in the sea (something to do with not seeing the bottom) yet I've snorkled with sharks. Go figure.
  • I *hate* clothes shopping. Main reasons being that most of it is tat & they never fit properly. If you ever need someone to go shopping with you and point out poor seams or how badly an item will wash, I'm yer woman. I can tell the fibre composition from touching a fabric... have not been wrong yet.
  • An outright night person, I find mornings difficult.
  • I'm a massage tart. Anybody offering a shoulder or foot rub had better take warning.
  • I gesticulate madly.... so much so that Tom loves to mimic me.
  • I was sexually abused as a kid by a senior member of our family.
  • Colour is amazing in furnishings; it's everywhere in our home. But I can't wear it.
  • Acupuncture, reflexology and deep tissue back massage are my fave forms of pampering.
  • I'm on my 3rd crop of dreadlocks. It's mostly been shaven or cropped inbetween. This crop are definitely the best so far (Tom did them, don't you know) as they are fine and even (ish) The first lot looked like cat poo, although I was very fond of them as I grew them from scratch, the organic way.
  • I don't believe in societies expectations or stereotypes. Infact, I'll actively go out of my way to disprove most of them.
  • I loathe sports and most competitions. The fact that national sports takeover the telly, the news and are shuffed down our throats really gets my heckles up. I find competition to be unhealthy, as it can lower self esteems.
  • I'm allergic to chemical enzymes, so most cleaning products are bad for my skin.... horrible rashes and itching in places you just don't to be caught scratching.
  • Food wise, I'm allergic to seafood, which makes me vomit something rotten. Intolerances are towards yeast, which is a bummer for beer drinking.
  • I'm obsessed with circles, spheres, orbs and vortices.
  • I don't have a sweet tooth, but since Tom's been around I've developed a mild liking for chocolate.
  • Having never had a good track record for picking boyfriends, I've finally hit the jackpot with Tom. 2 ex's were ex drug dealers, another 2 were alcoholics. One of those alcoholics beat me up pretty badly and tried to rape me (I'd just kicked him out) He was charged with sexual assault and eventually died of his addiction.
  • I adore mushrooms and avacados. Yum!
  • Sometimes I wish I wasn't as intelligent and as curious as I am. Not that I'm that intelligent, but my brain doesn't give itself much time off.
  • I'm far too sensitive for my own good.
  • I'm a sleepaholic. Love it! Although I dream vividly in full-on technicolour, so sleep can sometimes be disturbed (and sweaty)
  • Myself and old college friends once played a game of invisible cricket on the roof garden at a party in our late teens. We convinced one of team that we'd hit the ball way over into another street, and he went to fetch it. Guess you had to be there.
  • I find myself wanting to cry often, but am unable to.
  • I have an addictive personality, and it bothers me that I find it hard to form good habits.
  • I believe in the small things in life.

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AuthorWoolly Wormhead
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