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Industry Government
Occupation Public Health Nurse
Location Lismore, Waterford, Ireland
Introduction Married to Jan, with four children - three sons in their 20s and a teenage daughter - and two beautiful granddaughters, born in 2010 and 2011. I work as a public health nurse in rural County Waterford. I love my work and enjoy interaction with people, both colleagues and patients. I lived for almost twenty years in developing countries - Bangladesh, Tanzania and Lao PDR - better known as Laos - and loved that life very much. I am Irish and my husband is Dutch. We met in Bangladesh and married in Ireland before going to Tanzania many years ago. We are living in Ireland for the past 11 years, and would love to travel as much as possible in the future, especially back to Africa and Asia. Political/trade union affiliation - Irish Labour Party member and branch officer, and active in the Irish Nurses Organisation as a section representative and branch officer.
Interests Family, hobbies, reading, bookclub, writing, baking, knitting, dressmaking, social networking (Facebook, Hyves), travelling, politics, current affairs, global affairs, development issues, social justice, healthcare and nursing issues, friends, and many more interests
Favorite Movies Some Like it Hot, Dances with Wolves, Blazing Saddles, Mamma Mia, Home Alone movies, Out of Africa, Hotel Rwanda, Little Miss Sunshine, Thelma and Louise.
Favorite Music Eclectic mix - Bruce Springsteen, African, World, Bluegrass, Folk, some Dutch - Paul de Leeuw, Frans Halsema, Robert Long, Boudewijn de Groot, Andre Hazes ; some Irish- Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Pogues, Saw Doctors
Favorite Books See the list of books I made as Favourites and also see the Library Thing list of books I have read and some reviews are on those if you click on them. The Frank Bascombe Trilogy - The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The lay of the land, by Richard Ford. Exit Ghost, Everyman, The Human Stain, by Philip Roth, Saving Fish from Drowning, The Kitchen God's Wife, by Amy Tan, The Colour, The Road Home, by Rose Tremain, On Chesil Beach, Amsterdam, Saturday, Atonement, by Ian McEwan, all Ross O'Carroll-Kelly's books, This Champagne Mojito is the last thing I own, is the latest, all John Updike's (RIP) books, Couples, Rabbit, Terrorist, Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamande Ngozi Adichie. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver was a book club favourite, as was Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, All Sue Miller's books - they make my family feel really functional! The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry, Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. All the Adrian Mole books and others by Sue Townsend - hilariously scathing satire masquerading as social commentary! Non-fiction: Giles Tremlett, The Ghosts of Spain, Antony Beevor's Spanish Civil War, Fast food nation, by Eric Schlosser, Scramble for Africa, by Thomas Pakenham, Blood River, by Tim Butcher, all Dervla Murphy's travel books, One foot in Laos, which we inspired!