‘Monday Mind Work’: Monday 8th March 2021 celebrating International Women’s Day

Monday Mind Work’ today is in celebration of International Women’s Day

Welcome to ‘some’ Famous Women Quiz Questions and Trivia

1.Which suffragette stepped in front of King George V’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913 and suffered fatal injuries?

a) Emily Davison or c) Emily BraveIn

2.1975: Junko Tabei, first woman to achieve?
a) swam the channel or b) Climb Mount Everest

3. Marie Curie discovery of two elements, can you name both?

a) Polonium and radium or b) Flourine and NitrogenIn

4. 1955, Rosa Parks (‘The First Lady of Civil Rights’) became famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in which American city?
a) New York City or b) Montgomery, Alabama

5. Margaret Susan Ryder was born in Leeds in 1924 and opened the Sue Ryder Foundation in what year?
a) 1943 or b) 1953

6. Which actress became the first to win a Best Actress Academy Award for a non-English language performance with her 1961 role in Two Women?

a) Marilyne Monroe or b) Sophia Loren

7. Who said: ‘I married beneath me. All women do.’?
a) Lady Nancy Astor or b) The Queen

8. Who is generally regarded as the richest self-made woman in America?

a) Madonna or b) Oprah Winfrey

9. Can you name the first Woman Yorkshire MP in 1945, was it?

a) Alice Bacon or b) Alice in Wonderland.

10 Nicola Adams was the first woman to win an Olympic gold at London 2012 for what?

a) running or b) boxing

Online event – M&S’s Welfare Warrior: Flora Solomon

An online talk to celebrate International Women’s Day, discover the lasting legacy of Flora Solomon, who established M&S’s pioneering Employee Welfare Department in the 1930s.

Online event - M&S's Welfare Warrior: Flora Solomon

Online Event

This is a pre-recorded talk featuring original archive images introduced by our Archivist, who will be available to respond to questions during and following the talk.

Event starts at 12:30pm (running time – 40 minutes).

Booking Details

Advance booking is essential, please follow the link below to book your free ticket.

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You will receive full details of how to join the event 30 minutes before the start time by email. 

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Leeds in Conversation – all episodes

The Leeds in Conversation podcast was launched last year and you can  listen to series one in full by searching Leeds in Conversation on all major audio platforms including Spotify, Google Podcasts and iTunes.  Or find more details here: https://leedsinconversation.podbean.com/
Leeds In Conversation
The podcast brings together a diverse range of voices (including Kevin Sinfield!) from across Leeds to talk about all of the exciting changes and developments happening across the city.

Dedication Friday: ‘Wake Me Up’

Today’s dedication is by Aloe Bacc and is called ‘Wake Me Up’
Such a lovely tune.
Click on the link below
ps. If it asks you to sign into Youtube, just click on ‘no thanks’ and then click on ‘I agree’, you may also have to watch the start of an advert first, you can skip ad once it shows bottom right – enjoy!
Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up (Official) - YouTube

Census 2021

Dear all,

The Census letters have been sent out. If you are needing any support or guidance you can call the free phone Contact Centre:- 0800 1412021.

You will hear an automated call at first with the following options:-

Option 1 – Would you like a paper questionnaire?
Instruction – please enter your 10 digit code at the top RH corner of the form.
A paper census will then be posted to them once the address is confirmed.

Option 2 – Would you like to hear frequently asked questions?

Option 3 – Would you like to speak to an Adviser?
This person will help them to fill in their Census over the phone if they would like to.

The 5 frequently asked questions are:-
1) Why have I received this? (explanation given)
2) This is not a residential property, what do I do? (Just ignore it)
3) Nobody lives here. (fill in household section only)
4) Confidentiality. (explained)
5) Can friends and family help you? (yes)

If you don’t feel happy to phone the Contact Centre we can help you if you wish. Just give us a call.

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Shared Moments: ‘Worried?’ by Oliver Cross

We have a way of arranging our words which dictates that when we want to express the importance of any event, we do it through the word ‘since’, so, by some accounts, we’re going through the worst health crisis since the flu pandemic of 1918, the worst economic downturn since the great depression of the 1930s and the worst of everything else since the Second World War.

Which I think generally does history a disservice by simplifying it into a series of league tables. The 17th century Great Plague may have been the most terrifying event since the 14th century Black Death and we’ll have to wait a while before we can make a comparative assessment of the Covid 19 pandemic, although in every case the victims were more concerned with their rapidly failing bodily organs than their place in history.

The president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Adrian James,  has concluded that the present plague constitutes the greatest threat to mental health since the Second World War, which is probably true, although if you take into account the mental health effects of the Holocaust, civilian bombings, widespread famines and the numbers killed in fighting (probably 42 million in the USSR alone), the comparisons with life under Covid19 seems, to at the very least, very tame indeed.

I know, from my childhood, a tiny bit about the connection between mental health and war  because where I was brought up in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, there was big Victorian institutional building, maybe a former workhouse, which seemed to specialise in looking after people irreparably damaged by the First World War.

They are all long-dead now but in the 1950s and 60s they were relatively young old men by today’s standards. Some, the legless ones, would get around in contraptions called invalid carriages, which were large, clumsy tricycles driven by hand, electric locomotion being a lifetime away.

There were also, to frighten and fascinate children like me, a number of old men who would walk the streets mumbling or sometimes shouting into nowhere.

I could see they were terribly distressed but the adults reassured me that this was just shell shock (now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), so I forgot about them until Dr James brought up the connection between wars and mental health,

This made me wonder whether the heightened anxiety and feelings of boredom and depression which some of us may presently feel should be lumped together with the sheer terror of total war, or with the immediate suffering and trauma which has resulted from every single one of the thousands and thousands of Covid deaths so far.

I know that some of the illnesses which fall under Dr James’s remit can be ruinous and crippling, but feeling uncomfortable during difficult times is not generally a psychiatric condition, it’s a human one.

And if you think you are suffering as much as someone with a regular physical disease, I can only remind you that symptoms such as  disturbed sleeping patterns are nothing compared to diphtheria.

So heartfelt Oliver, thank you once again for sharing with us, until next time…..

Poetry Corner: ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
sourced: poetryfoundation org

‘Monday Mind Workout’ answers for Monday 1st March 2021

Yesterday’s Monday Mind Workout was around British Phrases. How did you do?

1. A little bird told me
2. A turn up for the books
3. A fly in the ointment
4. A legend in one’s own lifetime
5. A nod is as good as a wink
6. How do you do?
7. A sight for sore eyes
8. For all intents and purposes
9. Spend a penny
10. As keen as mustard
11. A fish out of water
12. Eat humble pie
13.Pardon my French
14 Storm in a teacup
15 Fell off the back of a lorry
16. Flogging a dead horse
17.I’ll go to the foot of our stairs
18. Gone for a burton
19. Hanky Panky
20.See a man about a dog
sourced britainandbritishness

‘Monday Mind Workout’ – Monday 1st March 2021

Today’s Monday Mind Workout is around British Phrases. Good luck!

1. A …….. bird told me
2. A………up for the books
3. A ………in the ointment
4. A……….in one’s own lifetime
5. A……….is as good as a wink
6. How…..you do?
7. A……….for sore eyes
8. For…….intents and purposes
9…………. a penny
10. As……as mustard
11. A……..of water
12. Eat ….pie
13…………my French
14…………in a teacup
15 ………..off the back of a lorry
16. ………. a dead horse
17.I’ll go to the ……of our stairs
18. Gone for a ……….
19. ………..Panky
20.See a …… about a dog

Leeds Lit Fest – Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th March (Online)

This will be the 3rd festival delivered by a partnership of 10 Leeds-based creative arts and literature-based organisations committed to celebrating and championing literature and writing in Leeds.  Celebrating the vibrant and thriving literature scene that exists in Leeds with local writers and performers showcasing their talents along with an exciting programme of author talks, workshops, panels, poetry, performances, spoken word events and Leeds Lit Fest’s first ever quiz night!
This year the festival will take place online and almost all the events are free/pay as you feel (you do need to book in advance to be sent the joining instructions)
26 events featuring more than 50 writers and performers including international best-selling crime fiction writer Peter James, award winning journalist Saima Mir and the UK’s leading spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs to name a few. There’s also something for children including a big wiggly book gobbling adventure with Harry Heape and a draw along session with children’s book illustrator Liz Million.  The full programme can be seen here

For further information on all the events and how to book:  http://orlo.uk/1yNyY