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…


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)


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

Total Points available 60
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So, how did you go? If you’ve got over 40 I’ll be deeply impressed! :)


Thirteen opening sentences (how many do you know?)


One of the most famous first lines in literary history is:It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

But how many others do you know?

For today’s Thursday Thirteen, I present a companion piece to a post I wrote last December. Hopefully it will be as much fun as that was, whilst still testing your literary knowledge and continue to make you both think and smile in equal measure.

Listed below are thirteen famous opening lines from thirteen (very) famous books…all you have to do is work out which novel each line comes from.

Simple, eh? :)

Thirteen opening sentences…

1. “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day,”

2. “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow,”

3. “I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house,”

4. “The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards,”

5. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,”

6. “Those privileged to be present at a family festival of the Forsytes have seen that charming and instructive sight – an upper middle-class family in full plumage.”

7. “I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror,”

8. “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.”

9. “Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life,”

10. “All happy families are alike but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion”

11. “Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.”

12. “Even in high summer, Tintagel was a haunted place; Igraine, Lady of Duke Gorlois, looked out over the sea from the headland.”

and, just for fun, the longest opening sentence I can remember…

13. “Mrs Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops, and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs Rachel was sitting at her door, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.”

The answers…

To reveal the answers, simply highlight the empty space after each number!

1. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

3. Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson)

4. A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin)

5. 1984 (George Orwell)

6. The Forsyte Saga (John Galsworthy)

7. Fifty Shades of Grey (EL James)

8. Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)

9. James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)

10. Anna Karenin (Leo Tolstoy)

11. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)

12. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

13. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

So, how’d you go? You must have at least got number eleven! :p


Movie Monday: A few of my favorite movies…

Ever since deciding to partake in daily memes on this blog I’ve been searching for something to do on Mondays. After months of searching the Interwebs and being wholly uninspired by what I found, I’ve decided to create my own. Or rather to just simply dedicate Mondays to be about one of my favourite things…movies.

Whether it is sharing my favourite movies, venting over various films I can’t stand or focussing on a single aspect of film-making that inspires and or interests me, each and every Monday feel free to join me with a barrel of popcorn for an exciting adventure into all things motion picture related. Switching off your mobile is optional, but if it goes off during the post, prepare to be scolded :p

For my inaugural Movie Monday I’ve decided to share ten movies that I absolutely adore…but rather than simply tell you the name of the movie, I’m sharing the one line IMDB synopsis. All you have to do is work out what the movie is.

Simple :p

What movie am I?

Movie Quiz

1. “A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down a serial killer.

2. “A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers’ lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

3. “A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

4. “When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

5. “A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band – together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in a battle of the bands.

6. “A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

7. “After death, people have just one week to choose only one memory to keep for eternity.

8. “A young woman discovers her visiting “Uncle Charlie” may not be the man he seems to be.

9. “A young woman starts working for a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

10. “A group of very different individuals with different ideas of how to face the end come together as the world is expected to end in six hours at the turn of the century.

~ Clicking each line will whistle you away to the IMDB entry so you can find out all about the movie in question ~

So what movies do you love? Feel free to share the titles (or synopses, if you feel like being quizzical) in the comments or, if you like, in a blog post of your own :)


Thirteen last words (how many do you know?)


One of the most famous last lines in literary history is:So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

But how many others do you know?

For today’s Thursday Thirteen I’m doing something a little different, something a little fun, something that will test your literary knowledge and make you both think and smirk in equal measure.

Listed below are thirteen famous closing lines from thirteen (very) famous books…all you have to do is work out which novel each line comes from. Simple, eh? :)

1. “He might wish and wish and never get it – the beauty and the loving in the world!”

2. “Her work was done.”

3. “It is a different tale altogether, and if it all goes well, I may have a shot at telling it one of these days,”

4. “I curl up, desperately clutching the flat foil balloon and Taylor’s handkerchief, and surrender myself to my grief.”

5. “His own words are a pledge of this:- “My Master,” he says, “has forewarned me.  Daily he announces more distinctly,–‘Surely I come quickly!’ and hourly I more eagerly respond,–‘Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!'”

6. “And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.”

7. “Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on Earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before,”

8. “Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.”

9. “O God – please give him back! I shall keep asking You.”

10. “I thought of Ashley, on the other side of that ocean, and wondered what she was doing right now, and hoped that she was well, and happy, and maybe thinking of me, and then I just stood there, grinning like a fool, and took a deep, deep breath of that sharp, smoke scented air and raised my arms to the open sky, and said, ‘Ha!'”

11. “No glot…C’lom Fliday”

12. “Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache.”

13. “Are there any questions?”

So, how many do you know? Let me know in the comments field below and be sure to share your own favourite last lines :)

Note: for your information, two of my personal favourites are lines (6) and (10).


Thursday Thirteen: This or That

Yep, I’m still feeling blargh, so for today’s Thursday Thirteen I’m opting for something that doesn’t require too much brain power.

Thirteen This or That?

  1. The Amazing Spider-Man or Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man?
    The Amazing Spider-Man. However much I love Sam Raimi’s trilogy – especially the second film and Kirsten Dunst‘s Mary Jane – I was blown away by Marc Webb’s recent take on my favourite superhero. Perhaps because Emma Stone was amazing as Gwen, perhaps because Denis Leary was in it, perhaps because it was just a better film.
  2. One Piece or Bikini?
    I look much better in a one-piece. But in terms of perving I prefer bikinis
  3. Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton?
    Both authors define my childhood, but Roald Dahl will always be my favourite.
  4. Downer or Downee?
    Downer. Always the downer :p
  5. Video Games or Board Games?
    Gathering around the table to test my general knowledge with a round of Trivial Pursuit. Sending small plastic balls pinging around the lounge room with a manic game of Hungry Hippos. Curling up with my partner for a naughty adult orientated board game of fantasy and desire. Buying up the entire of London and rendering my friends and family bankrupt in Monopoly. And of course Scrabble. However much I love video games, board games are in my heart.
  6. Ice-Cream or Gelati?
    I love ice-cream. I love gelati even more!
  7. Richard Castle or Malcolm Reynolds?
    Rick Castle. I love him as a character, I think his relationship with Kate is tremendous and Alexis is one of my favourite television characters of all time.
  8. Summer or Winter?
    Winter. Snuggling up in front of the fire. Long walks in the snow. The fact it’s easier to keep warm than keep cool.
  9. Glasses or Contacts?
    Glasses are awesome, brilliant and sexy. Contacts are uncomfortable, annoying and un-sexy. Always glasses :)
  10. Massager or Massagee?
    Massager. Always the massager :p
  11. Merlin or Camelot?
    The first season of Merlin was weak; a fluffy piece of family television that contained some poor writing and questionable performances, but I kept watching because I could see the show it could become. Season two was a vast improvement, season three is one of the best seasons of a British show in recent memory, season four, a few missteps aside, was brilliant and so far season five has been superb, aside from some weak writing in last week’s episode. Camelot seemed to be more focussed on breasts and bums and, a wonderful Morgana aside, was awful. So my loyalties will always lie with Merlin – although for the love of God, can someone please find out about his powers?
  12. Hairy Chest or Smooth Chest?
    One of my biggest annoyances in contemporary society is the vilification of all forms of body hair. Apparently, if you have even one stray hair in a location that isn’t on your head you are ugly, repulsive, grotesque and wrong. Pubic hair is beautiful, underarm hair is beautiful, leg hair is beautiful, chest hair is beautiful. Endof.
  13. Bath or Shower?
    I love baths, but for the life of me can’t remember the last time I had one. So these days my life revolves around showers. However, if I had to choose just one, it would be baths every time :)

Feel free to provide your own answers in the comments below or on your own blog :)