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Blog Entries from The-Doctor

  1. Interesting Facts #54

    The number 12 Twelve is the highest number pronounced with a single syllable. 12 features in the Bible with the 12 sons of Jacob, 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles of Jesus. 12 is the highest number on the Beaufort scale as well as the highest number on a standard clock. 12 months and 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 inches in a foot, 12 in a dozen and 12 OZ in a Troy pound. A single rotation of Jupiter would take 12 years on Earth. 12 is divisible by 1,2, 3, 4, 6 and 12. 12 face...
  2. You Talk The Talk But Do You Walk The Walk ?

    Big institutions all say they don’t discriminate and treat people with mental health issues fairly in accordance with their needs but in reality do they? I give you the example of the Driving vehicle licensing agency (DVLA) I was asked by my psychiatrist to report my medication to the dvla and my car insurance company. The individuals I spoke to at the medical enquiries section of the DVLA left me with the impression they couldn’t care less and caused me even more stress my having me fill...
  3. Interesting Facts #53

    misheard song lyrics. The term for where a person mishears song lyrics is Mondegreen, first used by Sylvia Wright in 1954 after she misheard "laid him on the green" for "Lady mondgreen" Famous examples include "'scuse me while I kiss this guy" ('scuse me while I kiss the sky) from Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, "The ants are my friends, the're blowing in the wind" by By Bob Dylan, "and I know that the hotdogs go on" by Celine Dion, "scare a moose, scare a moose will you do a fan tango"...
  4. Interesting Facts #52 Hollywood Walk Of Fame

    stretching along 15 blocks of Hollywood boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine street the Hollywood walk of fame was conceived in 1953 as a permanent monument to performers but the first star was not laud until 1960 for Stanley Kramer. Anyone can nominate a performer but the performer must agree to having a star there is also a fee of $40,000 to lay and maintain each star. To date over 2690 stars have been laid, nearly 50% being for movies. There are 5 categories that a performer can be given...
  5. Interesting Facts #51 New Year Celebrations

    Until 1753 the UK celebrated New Year's Day on March 25Th. Following the French Revolution A week in France was 10 days long, 10 hours to a day and 100 seconds to a minute, this lasted until 1805. Russia celebrates on the 1st and the 14th of January to include the Julian and the Gregorian calendar. Reykjavik Iceland uses all the profits from the new year fire works sales to fund rescue operations throughout the year. Antarctica hold a music festival each new year called "ice stock". In...
  6. Interesting Facts #50

    The board game monopoly The game is based on an earlier game called "the landlord game" invented by Lizzie Maggie in 1903 and self published in 1906 the game we know was published in 1935 by the Parker brothers before being bought by Hasbro in 1991 The landlords game had two sets of rules one where all players were rewarded for wealth creation and one where players were encouraged to become a monopoly and crush everyone into bankruptcy. Over the course of its history there have been 18...
  7. It's The Little Things That Make The Biggest Difference

    Sept 10th was suicide prevention day. I was reading the paper yesterday and in it was a letter from a man to a complete stranger thanking him for saying "Good morning" and giving him a smile. Nothing remarkable you might think but he then went on to say it was this gesture of kindness that stopped him from going on to kill himself and also spared his wife and children the heartache and pain of his loss. The kindness of a stranger saved me. I'm grateful for every day I wake up now,...
  8. Interesting Facts #49

    Rutger Hauer With the announcement of his death we celebrate his life as an iconic actor Born on 23rd January 1944 as Rutger Oelsen Hauer in The Netherlands to parents who were both actors he served in the Dutch navy before becoming an actor. Speaks fluent German Is color blind Did all his own stunts in The Hitcher. Did a series of Guinness commercials in the 80s and 90s but actually hated the drink and would spit it out between takes. Was considered for some well known...
  9. I Am Who I Am Whether I Like It Or Not!

    I recently attended a seminar on Neuro-diversity. It got me thinking, as much As I often wish I was a different person without anxiety and depression, I have to accept the fact I am who I am and everything that goes with that. If I was this mythical person without my conditions, I wouldn't be who i am today. I would not have made the friends I have or have the unique life I have because of my mental conditions, I would be someone who does not get it because they have never experienced...
  10. A Warning On Altruism

    There is a tale of a man in a men's room who saw a spider struggling to get out of a urinal, taking pity he got a paper towel for the spider to get on then laid it on the floor. The next day he came into the men's room to find the spider squashed and dead on the floor. The meaning of this tale is sometimes doing what you think is helpful could mean causing more harm. In my case when I discussed with a former boss my mental health he immediately was suggesting me speaking to a psychiatrist...
  11. Interesting Fact #48

    The book 1984 by George Orwell June 8th was the 70 th anniversary of the publication of 1984 1984 led to the word Orwellian meaning a state where normal societal freedoms are restricted. Whilst Orwell did not invent CCTV in the story Telescreens are used to spy on all the party members and many fear that with the mass use of cctv and government surveillance we are heading for a world similar to Oceania. It also spawned the phrase big brother is watching you to describe the state...
  12. Interesting Facts #47

    About queues and queueing There is a queueing theory used in telecommunications and computer programming. The term reneging means customers who leave a queue having waited too long Balking means customers who won't join a queue they think is too long and jockeying is used to describe customers who will move between queues if they think they will get served faster. Faffing describes the period of time it takes the last customer to be served to leave so the next can be served and the...
  13. Interesting Facts # 46 Caffeine

    The chemical formula for caffeine is c8, h10,n4, o2 Caffeine is one of the most addictive substances known to man alongside nicotine and alcohol and is largely unregulated in most countries although it was illegal to drink coffee in public, punishable by death in the city of Istanbul in 1633. The affects of caffeine can be felt within a hour of consumption increasing mental alertness and physical stamina, however due to the body's difficulty in breaking it down, it can take between 4...
  14. The Twisting Road To Recovery

    The road to recovery from mental illness is never straight or easy. It twists and turns in unexpected ways and sometimes along the way we stumble and fall. A series of unforunate events have led to me having to go sick again with my anxiety overwhelming me. Trying to change things for the better of my health has meant being pushed back a few steps on my journey but I'm still moving forward in my journey, picking myself up slowly and moving on. Stay safe and know you are not alone.
  15. What Not To Say To Someone With Depression/anxiety

    People might think they are being helpful but actually they can do more harm "Don't worry" is probably the worst thing to say to someone like me, if I could not worry I'd have done it by now. "Get a grip" "pull yourself together" "you'll get over it" "it's just a bad patch/phase/day you are going through" none of these are helpful. They are if anything belittling of what for me is crippling illness. "I understand what you are going through" no you probably don't unless you are in my...
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