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A fondness for the private, the scruffy and the marginal

Wandering Hedgehog
4 October
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No particularly 'Adult Content' in the sense LJ appears to interpret this, but nonetheless, written for grown-ups.

'Oursin - comme l'echinoderme.' My username is due to a confusion (late at night, rather tipsy) over the French for hedgehog. 'Oursin' is actually the French for sea-urchin, and is thus pronounced in the French way ('urs[e˜]').

Vocation: Archivist (no, I'm not a librarian)

Avocation: Historian

Secret (and currently rather torpid) Identity: writer of fiction

Age: of a certain (and inclined to concur with George Eliot that 'The long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.')

I AM a feminist (but...)

Long-term marriage-protester

Founder, life-president and currently sole member of Tired of London? - Tired of Life!

Interests: numerous (please see shortlist below).

One thing I can't bear to delete any of my existing interests in favour of is Persephone Books, who reprint 'forgotten classics by twentieth-century writers' - 'novels, short stories, diaries and cookery books', in beautiful yet robust paperback editions at a sinfully accessible price. While my tastes don't always march with their choices, they have a pretty high hit-rate for republishing the kind of early to mid-C20th books, mainly by women, that I like.

A wandering hedgehog I, A thing of quills and scratches: Why Wandering Hedgehog?

Friending stuff: I tend to friend people who write in an interesting way, and at least part of the time on the subjects I am interested in myself. Usually I friend back people who friend me, but if I find that the overlap of interests actually recorded in your lj is not particularly great (e.g. while your comments on other journals may indicate a lot in common, what you mostly post in your own is pictures of Ferdie your pet ferret and details of your mutual training regime for the ferret-down-trousers championships) I probably won't, though I will pop in from time to time. The decision may not be immediate, depending e.g. on how often you post. I am also, at the moment, pretty much at the limit of size of list I can cope with.

I have a very strong preference for this place not to be explicitly connected to my passport name.

My LJ MindMap.
I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.

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