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FUNKY THINKERS - Getting the Funk out. If you listen to this, you might get ONE KILLER IDEA you would otherwise have to spend five hours battering yourself with a hammer to get.
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Heather Vickery is a two time FUNKY THINKER. Heather is massively into GRATITUDE, being thankful for things you have.She requests that at the end of every session, clients are required to WRITE DOWN ten things they are grateful for.Q1. Heather had some reservations about which to chose. Eventually, she went for the man on the moon. The question is "What problem are you currently grappling with?"Heather answered that she needed to make some changes to make sure her income was stable as a business owner.We had a discussion about working in corporate and needing time off to look after your kids. Good luck with finding a job that works around school.Heather has her kids 50% of the time. 50 points scored.Heather correctly identified what we would call a football shirt but did not know which country. 1/2 point scored.Total 50 1/2Q2. Heather picked the typewriter. The question is "How many birthday cards did you get last birthday?"Heather replied four and after a detour round what he kids do, she told us a story about her friend who runs an organisation called the birthday party project that goes and delivers birthday parties at homeless shelters and the like.Heather donates $2 for each birthday wish received on Facebook. Last birthday, she received 100 messages. 100 points scored. VERY good start.Q3. Heather picked the typewriter. The question is "What's some insider knowledge that only people in your line of work know about?"That none of us have it together all the time. Heather did the worse thing possible - sent her kids to school with no lunch.We all screw up - do better next time.Heather has be here now tattoood on her wrist.Test - fix - break.What is success anyway?It will mean different things to different people.20 points scored.Q4. Heather picked the girl playing the guitar. The question is who do you go out of your way to be nice to?Heather answered everyone.It is easier to assume that everyone has a life that is as challenging as yours.There are 7 billion people in the world. Heather is going to be nice to all of them. 7 points scored.Total 177 1/2Heather did not know who George Harrison was.Q5. Heather picked the roller skates. The question is what was ruined because it became popular.Heather answered television because it not always better to have more choice.Heather scored 565 points and she loves the arbitrary points.An excellent start with Good for 7th on the leaderboard.
Gabrielle Hartley is a loud mouthed New Yorker. No scratch that, Gabrielle Hartley is a Leading divorce lawyer, coach and mediator.Is it possible to be a FUNKY THINKER in the legal profession.Yes and this episode proves it.Q1. Gabrielle chose the VW camper van and the question is "What brand are you most loyal to?"Gabrielle answered Verizon. As a divorce lawyer, Gabriel needs crystal clear connections with no call drop.I gave a version of how quality vs price for voice and data was explained to me.If anyone from Verizon customer service wants to be on the show, please get in touch. We would love to find out what makes you so FUNKY.75 points scored. This being half the cost of a US monthly phone contract.Q2. Gabrielle picked the telephone (do you see the theme here) and the question is "What was your most recent lie?"Gabrielle said she didn't lie and a discussion started. What is a lie anyway? If your kids ask for another biscuit and you reply "They are all gone?" when you know full well, there are loads left. Is that a lie?I asked what would be the professional course of action if a legal person knew or strongly suspected their client was tellies (or at least mistruths)?The answer is to ask a simple question "Do you want to take a minute to think about that?"13 points scored. Total 88.Gabrielle did not know what the Soviet Union football shirt was.Q3. Gabrielle picked the shoe. The question is "What are you currently worried about?"A good answer this one - wanting the next generation to grow up knowing and thinking that they don't have to live in broken relationships.30 points scored. Total 118Q4. Gabrielle picked the guitar playing girl The question is "Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?"Gabrielle answered people who are mean or grumpy or unhappy.The world is full of unhappy people. May as well try to make them happier.30 points scored. Total 148.Q5. Gabrielle picked the roller skates. The question is "What got ruined because it became popular?"RAPID FIRE ANSWER - Divorce.Yes it probably is cheaper to get divorced than to get married in most countries.80 Points scored. Total 228After a good start talking about Verizon, Gabrielle's effort went slightly downhill.Only 13 for the Salem witch story and 30 for the shoe. Rescued by the 80 on the roller skate.Good for 10th place on the leaderboard but how long can she maintain that position.
Whatever you think about alternative lifestyles and points of view, being a FUNKY THINKER means you listen to other points of view and decide for yourself if you want to find out more.Cathy Weiss is (I think) the first clairvoyant we have had on the show. Cathy got 20 points start because I said I was going to be stricter on the time limit as I had allowed some answers to run over in recent episodes.Q1. Cathy chose the astronaut and the question is "What problem are you currently grappling with?"Cathy and her husband are discussing moving to Australia. (Where the Queen is actually Head of State).Either as a worker or a tourist. Depending on how the immigration points stack up.Is Australia the most regulated country in the western world? That's what I had thought.The target is 65 points (to enter Australia) and so Cathy scored 65 points. Total so far 85.Cathy kind of new the Soviet Union shirt so scored 1/2 a point.Q2. A short discussion arose about the orange space hooper icon. (Not for the first time with a North American audience).Cathy chose this and the question is "What is your secret talent?"After a short discussion about swimming pool karate and the world wife carrying championship. One of those is real - guess which, we moved onto other matters.Cathy realised that she is a clairvoyant. I aksed what she would say to people who disagreed or doubted. A shrug of the shoulders was the reply.A swimming pool is 25 metres long so 25 points scored.Total after Q2. 110 1/2 points.Q3. Unlike most women, Cathy did not pick the shoe. (If someone sells shoes like these, please get in touch).Cathy chose the typewriter. The question is "What is some insider knowledge that only you have?""Humans have the capacity for ANYTHING"
Michael Barnes has a science PhD and stepped out of corporate life five years ago.He works in a number of fields including Cincinnati Hacking Homelessness. Q1. Michael picked the astronaut icon and the question is "What problem are you currently grappling with?"Michael updated us on his Cincinnati hackling homeless project and wanting to get the views of the whole of the community. 24 points scored.Q2. Michael successfully guessed the Soviet Union soccer shirt. Total 25.Michael picked the shirt and the question is "Where is the most unusual place you have been?"Michael went to Moscow in 1994.Is Moscow safe to visit? We see other countries on TV and assume that they really are like that. We were brought up to think that Russia (or the Soviet Union) was scary and dangerous.People are people all around the world. They have thoughts, fears, dreams, wants, desires.The Funky Thinkers guide to visiting other countries.Obey local laws and customs. (They may be different to your own).Do what local police and officials say. (They could arrest you if you don't)If you see trouble - go the other way.(Check this insight from Lisa-Marie Platske on her visit to Ethiopia)As Michael visited in 1994, 94 points scored.A Russian hat is called a Ushanka. (Picture below)Total 119 pointsQ3. Michael picked the London bus. The question is "How ambitious are you really?"I had never heard this before (and if anyone knows more detail, please get in touch, we woul love to get you on FUNKQUEST).Everyone has a circle of life. Feeling good, feeling bad. It goes in cycles and takes around a month.Michael ventured that for most high performing people, it went in days if not hours.Michael wants to roll out his homeless project to 100 cities. 100 points scored. Total 219Q4. Michael picked the girl playing the guitar. The question is "Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?"Any outsider or bystander.We talked about people at networking events. Standing alone. Waiting for someone to come and talk to them.Michael scored 6 points. On account of the siz degrees of separation thing. Q5.Michael thought that George Harrison was Inigo Montoya so no points scored on that.He chose George Harrison and the question is "When was the last time you had a new lease of life?"Given that we had already found in question 1 that Michael is constantly figuring out what he is going to do with his life, we agreed all the time.It is five years since Michael stepped out of corporate so 5 points scored.Contact Michael via CincinnattiHackingHomelessness.com and if you work in the homeless space, contact us and we will get you on the show.A solid entry onto the leader board from Michael with 230 points.A good start and the 100 points for wanting to roll out his homeless project to 100 cities.Went off the rails a bit with only scoring 6 for the "Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?" question and 5 because of the 5 years since he stepped out of corporate.Nevertheless, a good effort.
Ben Reuter is an exercise physiologist and believes that movement should be a lifestyle choice rather than a bolt on extra.Q1. Ben picked the camper van. The question is "Which brand are you most loyal to?"Ben told us that he is on his 1000th straight day of drinking a double espresso from a niche coffee machine maker.Score 89 points.Ben did know the CCCP football shirt. (Because he had listened to back episodes).Q2. Ben chose the telephone and the question is "What was your most recent lie?" Ben told us about telling his dogs that he would take them to the park. AFTER he finished this next project or task. I asked him about deadlines, projects and tasks in the academic world. Pretty much the same as the real world (his words). Some you can ignore and some really are set in stone.Ben is working on a chapter for a book with a co-author. The deadline is 31st October and so Ben scored 31 points. Total 121Q3. Ben chose the typewriter and the question is "What's some insider knowledge of your industry that you can share with us?"Ben gave two pieces of advice.The first from the academic world is that you will always have stuff to do. Be comfortable with that. Accept there is nothing you can do about it.The second was from the physiology world. Contrary to popular belief. Muscle stiffness that day after a hard session is not caused by lactic acid build up.It is caused by micro muscles tears causing inflamtion.Because a standard marathon is 26.2 miles, Ben scored 26.2 points.Q4. Ben chose the blue car. The question is "What from the present will withstand the test of time?"A decent length discussion about human relationships. Some people ARE happy shouting at mindless trash on TV.Only Funky Thinkers will seek out people with a different point of view knowing it's OK to disagree without descending into the cesspit of social media.To make it easy on the maths, I rounded Ben's score up to 200. (You try adding .2's in your head...)Ben knew who George Harrison was. (Again shows the benefit of listening to Funkquest back episodes). +1 pointQ5. Ben chose the horse drawn carriage. The question is "What things about the opposite sex most confuse you?"Ben believes that men are more direct, women less so.The exception being women from southern states (in the US) who could be as insulting as can be, so long as they added the words "Bless your heart" on the end.Ben scored 90 points for this question. Why ? I don't know.Which means that we have a NEW leader on the leaderboard.Ben should expect dancing girls and general fuss at his house in the next few days.Ben has two podcasts and you can find the links to these on this link.A storming episode with Ben Reuter takes him to the top of the leaderboard.Interesting answers on muscles soreness, communicating with the opposite sex as well as the human relationship.
Isabel Firecracker is a life and career coach helping modern childfree women get what they want.Why so Funky?Having such strong help views is one thing - having them while living in a socially conservative country such as Colombia is another.In this episode, procrastination, Auschwitz, knowledge, books and that guy from the Beatles.Isabel Firecracker got an initial one point start for being the first person from Colombia to play Funkquest.Q1. Isabel chose the man on the moon and the question is what problem are you currently grappling with.Being honest (a good Funky Thinker quality), Isabel said procrastination. Her brain is like chicken brain. And Isabel, they offer of sending a picture of your desk and adding it to the show notes is still open...Funky Thinkers think that procrastination is an internet disease.Before the internet, we would focus on one thing until completion. Watching a TV show, doing homework.DONE. UNTIL. COMPLETION.Now, we are playing on phones, watching TV, doing other stuff.We would like to hear more about how people deal with procrastination. People we need on the show. Someone who has got procrastination and dealing with distractions DIALLED.Isabel has 80 things on her desk. So 80 points scored.Q2. Isabel did know that the old Soviet Union football shirt was a football shirt was. But not the country. So 1/2 point.The question is "Where is the most interesting place you have been?"Isabel had recently been to Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.Instead of being gloomy as she expected, it was a bright sunny day and almost like a public park.Very unusual (and FUNKY for a Colombian person to go to Auschwitz).Stories are that the silence at these places is almost defeaning. People talking in hushed voices and are there to learn about the history.Auschwitz was liberated in 1945 so Isabel got 45 points. Total FUNKPOINTS so far 126 1/2Q3. Isabel picked the show (most ladies do) and the question is "What are you currently worried about?"Not much was Isabel's answer.The quote from Reinhold Niebuhr cropped up. Although, when recording the show, we couldn't remember it, or him.“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.” To make the maths easy, I rounded Isabel's score up to 150 points.Q4. Isabel picked the car - I think this is the first time it has been picked.The question is "What from the present with stand the test of time?"Isabel said knowledge and I slightly pressed her about what is knowledge in the days of the internet.With so much stuff out there, what people THINK is important. The internet is the world's school gate.20 points scored. Total 171 1/2Q5. Isabel picked George Harrison and the question is "When was the last time you had a new lease of life.A quick discussion about what this phrase meant. Is it an anglo-phile phrase? I didn't think so.I told the story about Vinnie Jones (retired British footballer) recounting how after his wife died, he noticed things going on as normal.Isabel has a new lease of life in 2017. So she scored SEVENty points.Total 240 1/2 Enough for fourth place on the leaderboard.Isabel Firecracker is host of the honest uproar podcast and can be contacted It's getting super tight at the top of the FUNKQUEST leaderboard.Lana Nelson (Lana from Montana) still upfront followed by longtime second place Michael Sherlock.The pack is gathering and it will surely need a standout performance to breakfree of this logjam.
Rustie MacDonald is a multiple author, speaker and radio show host. We didn't get into her experiences as a rape survivor but we did talk about climbing trees making dens and the impact the internet has had on this lifestyle.​What are the FUNKQUEST rules?Funkquest is a fun interactive online game that features five rounds. Each round consists of ONE FUNKY question.The player​ selects the icon which most tweaks their interest. Each Funky visual has a Funky question.The Funky insight is that the question may or may not be related to the icon.SO potential Funksters have to think on their feet to score points. Points are awarded by me for FUNKY answers...What's so good about FUNKQUEST ​?​Funky Thinkers know that IDEAS only come from free-flowing CONVERSATION.Listening (without prejudice) to new ideas and speakers from outside your usual network truly qualifies as FUNKY.Each question has a strict time limit. So no multi-headed long and complicated self indulgent stories to endure. Just short punchy bite-sized truly Funky ideas, as we GET THE FUNK OUT!Q1. Rusty chose the cassette tape. The question is "Tell us about your record and tape collection when you were younger"Two albums cropped up. The musical Jesus Christ Superstar and the Stray cat strut.Rustie played both of these until they wore out. Although we might have come across the Stray Cats at different points in their career.People we need on the show. Anyone with an understanding of music and why it has the emotional impact on us that it does. Score 81 points. This is the approximate year that I became aware of the stray cats.Q2. Rustie chose the space hopper. Although did not know what it was. A short discussion followed. The Soviet Union shirt score half a point.The quesion is "What's your secret talent?" and Rustie replied cooking. Basil, onion and garlic especially.We talked about overweight people in the US. Is it a myth? Answer no.Celiacs are unable to tolerate wheat and barley. Something I didn't know. Score 70 points.Total 151 1/2Q3. Rustie chose the typewriter and the question is "What's some insider knowledge in your industry?"Being more famous in Australia than your hometown. Plus, people who are able to listen without prejudice and take something in rather than blindly ruling it out.Rustie made a good pitch for 34,000 points but I was having non of it and awarded 34.Total 185 1/2Q4. Rustie chose the radio gram and the question was "What habit do you have now that you wish you had started earlier?"We discussed staying in bed and staring at the ceiling for 10 minutes. In a world where we are told we need to crush it, and blast it and smash it, how FUNKY is it to spend 10 minutes listening to your breath and planning what you need to do that day. (Or whatever?)Score 10 points (for 10 minutes).Total 195 1/2Q5. Rustie chose the roller blades and the question is "What got ruined because it became popular?"We came up with a list.TV,Romance, The internet, social media.Hands up if you remember the world before social media where you could go and build a tree house?Rustie score 70 points because that is the time most FUNKY THINKERS associate with this lifestyle.Total 265 1/2Not good enough to get on to the podium but surely good enough for the end of season playoffs.
Veronica Sordi was the first Italian we had on the show. So that gets a bonus point for starters.​What are the FUNKQUEST rules?Funkquest is a fun interactive online game that features five rounds. Each round consists of ONE FUNKY question.The player​ selects the icon which most tweaks their interest. Each Funky visual has a Funky question.The Funky insight is that the question may or may not be related to the icon.SO potential Funksters have to think on their feet to score points. Points are awarded by me for FUNKY answers...What's so good about FUNKQUEST ​?​Funky Thinkers know that IDEAS only come from free-flowing CONVERSATION.Listening (without prejudice) to new ideas and speakers from outside your usual network truly qualifies as FUNKY.Each question has a strict time limit. So no multi-headed long and complicated self indulgent stories to endure. Just short punchy bite-sized truly Funky ideas, as we GET THE FUNK OUT!Question 1 - Veronica chose the cassette tape. The question is "Tell us about your record and tape collection when you were younger."Madonna cropped up (again). Robert Smith from The Cure (for the first time). Robert was Veronica's first crush.This was in about 1989. So Veronica scored 89 points. Veronica knew the Soviet Union short was a football/soccer shirt. So that scored 1/2. Remember future FUNKQUEST guests - to score two easy points - know the Soviet Union football shirt and who George Harrison is.Question 2 - Veronica chose the telephone. The question is "Tell us about your most recent lie"Hopefully, Veronica's husband isn't listening because she recently bought some clothes (note the plural) and told him they were in the sale.But they weren't... Discussion about Imelda Marcos.Question 3 - Veronica chose the London Bus. The question is "How ambitious are you ? Really"We discussed the niche of handmaking throwback and clothes from previous era. Some of which are bought by men.Question 4 - Veronica picked the girl playing the guitar. The question is "Who do you go out of your way to be nice to?"Veronica recounted the story when a young homeless man wanted £2 for a burger from McDonalds. To make sure that he didn't spend the money on drink or drugs, Veronica marched him down to the restaurant and made him eat the burger.For the picture of George Harrison - Veronica suggested it might be somebody from the Rolling Stones. (On account of the hair). That scored 1/2 point.Total after 4 questions - 198 3/4Question 5 - Veronica picked the picture of George Harrison. The question is "When was the last time you had a new lease of life?"We discussed mums and dads going on bouncy castles and water slides and why lego was invented with the sole aim of harming parents' feet.Total FUNKQUEST score for Veronica Sordi 238 3/4The updated FUNKQUEST leader board is below.People we need on the show after Veronica Sordi - Funky Thinker 135Someone who speaks more than three languages.Someone with any kind of addiction - preferrably shopping.
Ron Clements is a sports writer and what started out as a joke, like all these things do, turned into a mobile goodwill jaunt. Taking kids who would otherwise be stuck with their faces pressed up against the glass, to a real life major event.On 12th March 2018 Ron and Patti set sail in what we British would call a camper van, on a mission to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums in a season.This Funky Thinkers episode is rare because I just talked to Ron - no questions, no FUNKQUEST board, nothing. Just two friends talking about stuff.In this episode, we talk about getting kids to games and how one young person caught a home run. (You will have to listen to the full episode to find the details of why it is so rare).Which stadiums allow tailgate parties and which do not?We also got a FUNKY THINKERS exclusive and details of Ron's next book.
The Barrister's chamber in Retford has 50,000 books and counting.What does 50,000 books look like?They go from floor to ceiling in several good sized rooms and 3 floors of an old building opposite St Swithun's church in East Retford, Nottinghamshire.Why do people read books and go to old and second hand book stores?Because you can instantly find someone interested in the same thing and have something in common.Forget dating apps - If you are interested in a genre of book, chances are someone else local to you is as well. And where better to find them than your local book shop. Barrister's book chambers in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
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