All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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Addy’s Trivia Extravaganza!

Well, I’m currently camping in the Australian Bush as part of a week-long holiday organised by the mental health organisation I frequent. I will no doubt share my experiences upon my return home at the end of the week, but due to the luxury of post-scheduling, I’ve decided to share one of the activities I’ll be undertaking during the trip.

In addition to canoeing, drawing, BBQ boating, badminton and karaoke, we will be enjoying a trivia night of my own creation; thus allowing me to fulfil a life-long dream of being a trivia host! :)

So, for a bit of fun, here is (in a slightly edited form) the quiz I will be challenging people with. This way, you can play-a-long at home and impress everyone with your immense knowledge of all things trivia! But be warned, some of the questions are not what you would call ‘easy’! :p

Addy’s Trivia Extravaganza

1.      GEOGRAPHY: Name six countries that contain only one vowel, repeated three times (for example, Bahamas) (6)

2.      MULTIPLE CHOICE: In 2010, what species produced offspring in the wild in the UK for the first time in around 400 years after reintroduction to Scotland: Beaver, Bear; Wolf; or Reindeer? (1)

3.      PICTURE: Who is this person and what comedy series does she regularly appear in? (2)

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Q3. Who is this person and what comedy series does she regularly appear in?

4.      SPORT: In which years during the 1990s were the Winter Olympics held? (1)

5.      MENTAL HEALTH: EMDR is a therapy commonly used to treat which symptom of mental distress? And for a bonus point…what does EMDR stand for? (2)

6.      MENTAL HEALTH @ THE MOVIES: Can you identify the movie from their short description? (5)

a.       After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

b.       A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility.

c.        A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one

d.      Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.

e.      Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

7.      AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: Sydney was established first, but what Australian state capitol city was founded second? (1)

8.      MENTAL HEALTH: The Happiness Trap, The Reality Slap and The Confidence Gap are books by which author? (1)

9.  SPORT: Since 1940 there have been three AFL Grand Final replays due to the first match being drawn; in 1948, 1977 and 2010. Can you name the three teams who were triumphant in these replays? (3)

10.  MENTAL HEALTH: On what date every year is World Mental Health Day? (1)

11.  PICTURE: Who is this person? (1)

Q11

Q11. Who is this person?

12.  AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR: Who was the first Australian of the Year…who was Australian of the Year in 2010…who is the current Australian of the Year? (3)

13.  MENTAL HEALTH: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was first published in what year? (1)

14.  MUSIC:  What kind of sandwich did the man in Brussels give the singer in “Down Under”? (1)

15.  MULTIPLE CHOICE: Which of the Rolling Stones has a cameo role as Captain Jack Teague, father of Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean, At World’s End’: Mick Jagger; Charlie Watts, Keith Richards; or Ronnie Wood? (1)

16.  PICTURE: Who is this person and what is the name of his regular side-kick on the quiz show he hosts? (2)

Q16

Q16. Who is this person and what is the name of his regular side-kick on the quiz show he hosts?

17.  LITERATURE: Who wrote Puckoon and Hitler: My Part in His Downfall? (1)

18.  TELEVISION: Which Lord of the Rings star played Diver Dan in the hit ABC television series Seachange? (1)

19.  MULTIPLE CHOICE: One member of the children’s sensation “The Wiggles”, Anthony Field, had his musical beginnings in a pretty mediocre 80’s rock band called “The ______________”; Koalas, Wombats, Cockroaches or Praying Mantises? (1)

20.  MENTAL HEALTH: SMART Goals are an effective way to prepare for the future, but what does the acronym SMART actually stand for? (1)

21.  LITERATURE: Which author wrote the novels Voss, A Fringe of Leaves and The Tree of Man? (1)

22.  SPORT: Excluding foul shots, what is the maximum break attainable in a frame of snooker? (1)

23.  PICTURE: What artist painted this picture? (1)

Q23

Q23. What artist painted this picture?

24.  MOVIES: Silvermist, Rosetta and Fawn are all characters in which Disney franchise? (1)

25.   AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: When did Australian women get the vote (nationally)? (1)

26.   MULTIPLE CHOICE: Melanophobia is the irrational fear of what: The colour black; Punishment; Fruit; or Children? (1)

27.   MOVIES: Classical pianist David Helfgott’s story was told in what movie? (1)

28.  MUSIC: Can you name five of the top ten selling (in Australia) albums of all time? (5)

29.  SPORT: “The Thunder from Down Under” and “The Melbourne Machine” are nicknames of which Australian sports star? (1)

30.  MENTAL HEALTH: Graham Green, author of Brighton Rock, suffered from which mental illness? (1)

31.  MULTIPLE CHOICE: Vermillion is a shade of which colour: Green; Blue; Red; or Yellow? (1)

32.  MOVIES: Who directed the feature films Amistad, The Terminal and War Horse? (1)

33.   FLAGS: Can you identify the country from a description of their flag? (5)

a.      Three equal vertical stripes of blue, white and red?

b.      Three equal horizontal stripes of black, red and yellow?

c.       A red flag with a black triangle superimposed on a slightly longer yellow arrowhead bearing a white star in the center of the black triangle?

d.      Two equal horizontal stripes of white and red?

e.      A rectangle divided in the middle with black top, red bottom and yellow circle?

34.  PICTURE:  What is this character’s name, who voices him and in what movie series does he appear? (3)

Q34

Q34. What is this character’s name, who voices him and in what movie series does he appear?

– END OF QUIZ –
Total Points available 60
[Click here for the answers]

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So, how did you go? If you’ve got over 40 I’ll be deeply impressed! :)


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Minimal Movie Monday

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For those of you who have been living under a rock (like I pretty much have been for several years :p) the idea behind a minimal movie poster is to capture the essence of a film as minimalistically as possible.

The idea behind this post is to put that to the test.

Below are twelve Minimal Movie Posters that have had their title/cast cunningly removed. How many can you identify? For if the artists have done their job properly, it should be all of them!

Oh, and just to be a little naughty, one of the posters is for a television series…but I’m not gonna tell you which one! :p

Minimal Movie Poster Montage


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Saturday 9: Winter…so much sexier than summer!

Saturday 9 is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Crazy Sam Winters (she added the crazy, not me!).

Every Saturday there will be nine questions – sometimes they will be around a common theme, other times completely random – to be answered however we like.

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I’ve never seen a single episode of The Brady Bunch…I have however seen A Very Brady Sequel!

1) The best known Brady Bunch song is, of course, the show’s theme. Do you know the lyrics?

I’ve said it before and at some point in time (unless I get off my arse and actually track down the DVD) I’ll say it again: I’ve never seen a single episode of The Brady Bunch.

However, I have seen the The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel (the latter being another guilty pleasure of mine) but I’ve no idea how the theme tune goes.

2) The Bradys were a blended family. Do you have stepparents, stepchildren or stepsibs?

Not that I’m aware of.

3) Samantha admits that, when she was 12, she taped Greg Brady’s photo over her bed. Before you judge her too harshly, come clean yourself. Did you have a major pre-teen crush? Who was it?

Given this week has been Fun and Games week on my blog, how could I resist the opportunity to put together another wee game? Below are six pictures of pre-teen crushes (what? I was a passionate man, even back then)…can you name them all (or any) of them? :p

Crushes

Anyone who correctly identifies the ‘bottom-middle’ crush earns the right to be called awesome!

4) Which TV character do you wish lived next door?

I wouldn’t mind living next door to Lily and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother, I think that would prove quite entertaining!

And if I was to notice a Police Telephone Box parked inconspicuously at the end of my road…well, that wouldn’t be all that bad either! :p

5) It’s a sunshine day! Describe your sunglasses.

Prescription sunglasses are inordinately expensive and I just can’t afford them, so alas, no sunglasses for Addy! :(

6) You’re on a 90-minute flight. How will you spend the time? Do you read a book? A magazine? Look out the window? Take a nap?

The only times I’ve  done a 90-minute flight I used my Nintendo DS to pass the time.

In fact, on the first occasion, I began an epic game of Germ War (a Tetris like mini-game) that spanned the flight, three hours in Glasgow and a train ride to Fort William!

As a general rule, I will only fly when there is no other alternative, even these short-hop flights.

7) Do you have a favorite brand of toothpaste?

No. They’re all pretty much the same anyway.

8) How many keys are on your key ring?

Four; front door, back door, bike lock and a mystery key that opens the door to a magical realm populated by sexy Eskimos, talking Elks and ninja wombats.

(Note: I may be lying about one of those keys in order to make this question even remotely interesting!)

9) What do you miss about summertime?

NOTHING!

It’s been four months of constant sun, blistering heat (mid 30s to mid 40s, in fact we’ve  only had two days below thirty in 2013!) and virtually no rain (from 6 Jan to 27 Feb it didn’t rain once; not even a drop!)

And given my local council’s insane decision to close the old swimming pool whilst they build a new swimming pool – which they promised would be open before Summer, only it wasn’t – the residents of my town haven’t even had a pool to cool down in. Thus, no sly perving on bikini-clad woman to make the summer bareable! ;)

Bring on winter! And Eskimo jackets!

Now!

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Winter…so much sexier than summer! ;)

 


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Fun and Games: How much do you know about mental health? (A Crossword Puzzle)

One of the primary methods of coping with mental health and/or emotional distress is to distract your mind from the problem(s) at hand. Although we all have unique ways to distract ourselves (some people venture into the garden, others spend time with a certain 900 year old Time Lord) some methods of distraction are universal.

One of the most common distraction techniques are puzzles and quizzes. Whether it’s sitting down with a tough Sudoku or wiling away the hours with a jigsaw puzzle, spending time enjoying these activities is not only emotionally productive but can prove beneficial to both mood and memory.

This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun (whilst honing this particular coping skill) with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and games.

Enjoy! :)

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#5: A ‘Mental Health’ themed Crossword Puzzle

“On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne, a journalist from Liverpool, England, published a “word-cross” puzzle in the New York World that embodied most of the features of the genre as we know it. This puzzle is frequently cited as the first crossword puzzle, and Wynne as the inventor. Later, the name of the puzzle was changed to ‘crossword’.”

In all honesty, I’ve never been the greatest crossworder, especially in regards to those really annoying ‘cryptic’ crosswords, but there are many people around the world who incorporate a crossword into their day-to-day activities.

However you feel about them, they are an excellent way to distract your mind from life’s ills as you battle to correctly fill in each of those blank white spaces. Or, if you’re anything like me, an excellent way to wile away the hours creating nonsense words that fit the spaces for all the answers you don’t know! :p

This is my first ever attempt at creating a crossword puzzle so I’ve based it around the theme of Mental Health.

Can you answer all the questions correctly?

Why not give it a go and find out! :)

Fun and Games - Mental Health Crossword


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Fun and Games: How many words can you find?

One of the primary methods of coping with mental health and/or emotional distress is to distract your mind from the problem(s) at hand. Although we all have unique ways to distract ourselves (some people venture into the garden, others spend time with a certain 900 year old Time Lord) some methods of distraction are universal.

One of the most common distraction techniques are puzzles and quizzes. Whether it’s sitting down with a tough Sudoku or wiling away the hours with a jigsaw puzzle, spending time enjoying these activities is not only emotionally productive but can prove beneficial to both mood and memory.

This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun (whilst honing this particular coping skill) with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and games.

Enjoy! :)

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#4: The ‘How many words can you find?’ Challenge

The three games we’ve played so far this week have been competition free…but not today!

Your challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to make as many words as you can from the nine letters below within a five minute time limit. The only rules are:

a) The words must be legal Scrabble words (i.e. no names, abbreviations, made up words etc.)
b) You can use each letter only once in each word.

The person who finds the highest number of words in the time limit will be declared the winner, so remember to brag about your result in the comments field below!

Now, given I’m not perched on your shoulder, we’ll implement the ‘honor system’ in regards to the time limit, okay?

Good.

Pens at the ready……set……go!

Letter Grid


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Fun and Games: Jigsaw Puzzles – Woohoo!

One of the primary methods of coping with mental health and/or emotional distress is to distract your mind from the problem(s) at hand. Although we all have unique ways to distract ourselves (some people venture into the garden, others spend time with a certain 900 year old Time Lord) some methods of distraction are universal.

One of the most common distraction techniques are puzzles and quizzes. Whether it’s sitting down with a tough Sudoku or wiling away the hours with a jigsaw puzzle, spending time enjoying these activities is not only emotionally productive but can prove beneficial to both mood and memory.

This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun (whilst honing this particular coping skill) with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and games.

Enjoy! :)

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#3: Jigsaw Puzzles

Back in the day I used to spend hours putting together jigsaw puzzles. Once completed, I glued them together, mounted them, framed them and displayed them on my wall. Not only was this cheaper than artwork (a bonus for someone living in poverty) but whenever I gazed upon the image I remembered the wonderful time I’d spent putting it together.

Piecing together a jigsaw puzzle can be an incredibly meditative and relaxing experience, hence why I’m sharing four puzzles (of varying difficulty levels!) for you to play around with! :)

Why not give them a go?

Inverness Sunet...Difficulty: EASY (24 Pieces) [Image © Addy]

Difficulty: EASY (24 Pieces) [Image © Addy]

Melbourne Street Art...Difficulty: MODERATE (48 pieces) [Image © Addy]

Difficulty: MODERATE (48 pieces) [Image © Addy]

Red Centre...Difficulty: HARD (96 pieces) [Image © Addy]

Difficulty: HARD (96 pieces) [Image © Addy]

Glencoe...Difficulty: PULL YOUR HAIR OUT!! (300 pieces) [Image © Addy]

Difficulty: EXPERT (300 pieces) [Image © Addy]

~ CLICK EACH IMAGE TO TAKE YOU TO THE ONLINE JIGSAW PUZZLE ~


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Fun and Games: Where in the world?

One of the primary methods of coping with mental health and/or emotional distress is to distract your mind from the problem(s) at hand. Although we all have unique ways to distract ourselves (some people venture into the garden, others spend time with a certain 900 year old Time Lord) some methods of distraction are universal.

One of the most common distraction techniques are puzzles and quizzes. Whether it’s sitting down with a tough Sudoku or wiling away the hours with a jigsaw puzzle, spending time enjoying these activities is not only emotionally productive but can prove beneficial to both mood and memory.

This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun (whilst honing this particular coping skill) with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and games.

Enjoy! :)

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#2: Where in the world?

Today’s puzzle should (hopefully) prove a little easier than yesterdays – but still tax those beautiful brain muscles of yours!

All you have to do is fill in the blanks of the inspirational quote below (you know, like on that game show, only without the necessity of buying a vowel!)

Hint: each of the photos are of famous places, once you’ve correctly identified them, rearrange the first letters to complete the quote (e.g. the first photograph is of Amsterdam, thus one of the missing letters is A)

Montage