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Acrostic Music

Amplify

#Fowc #Amplify

Sat in your student halls

Engrossed in your books

Needing something to distract from the doubt in your head

Sensational tunes as you scribble away

Amplified by some serious sub-woofers

To your housemates, you’re working along to your course notes

In fact, they’re half right

Only while you scribble away at your latest assignment

Notes of an alternative kind are playing through your headphones

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Poetry

Conundrum

Could you unscramble the code before breakfast ?

On the off chance you could do it in the time allotted

Nine letters stand tween you and a golden prize

Until then the safe remains locked, its contents sealed

Noted wordsmiths tried and failed,

Decoding the puzzle might take longer than they took

Rotating the dials to produce the codeword

Untold fortunes await….whilst a

Moment of concentration is called for

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BASIC Health Learning Leisure Life Memory Pleasures

A twist on Snakes and ladders

Salford , 30th July 2019

Basic and spinal injury centre, Salford.

We’ve all played the board game of snakes and ladders before

Snakes and ladders board game cartoon illustration

The idea is you roll the dice, go up the ladders and down the snakes

all very straight forward , but has anyone tried playing it the other way round ?

Where you go up the snakes and down the ladders ?

It’s just as fun – and requires a lot of concentration – as you hit a ladder at the top and find yourself going down it instead of up.

We played it both ways – the reverse game is a lot more challenging.

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BASIC Life Poetry

The attention puppy

Sometimes my mind goes wondering

Bright shiny things distract it

And it goes off on a wonder

It’s like a little puppy dog 🐶

And like every small animal

Dog cat or bird…it needs training

So I do my best, to keep its eye

Instead of letting it fly high in the sky

Breaking tasks into manageable things

Before it wonders off and spreads its wings

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Poetry

Concentration

Salford 12th June 2018

Cognitive act

of great effort

noting and transferring the idea and vision

carefully to canvas using colourful media

equal care given to the objects around the main subject

not forgetting the sun or the sky

taking attention to each shade of blue transferred

reality is – there’s plenty of them

as they’re placed around the brilliant red shape of the sail

the picture begins to form on the canvas

in the end – its a picture the painter can be proud of

of course, it’s taken considerable time and attention to detail

not forgetting an awful lot of patience.

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BASIC Learning

A-Maze-ment

Salford 14th May 2017

Another BASIC reflection

Maze

green-grass-maze-12050897

Here’s an aerial plan from the website dreamstime.com.  It shows the workings of a hedgerow maze in grass

Now it might look quite simple to the average person in the street, but this maze and others like it are a great aid in developing concentration skills.  So much so, the memory workshop group at BASIC in Salford has been using them as a measure of how long our concentration goes for before it slips.

The aim was to solely get around the maze – without concentration slipping.  If we got distracted, we were sent back to the start of the maze and began again.

Funny thing is i enjoyed this exercise, probably because i enjoy doing puzzles.

 

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Attention BASIC Concentration Memory

A-Maze-Ing

colored maze vector graphics

This weeks session @ BASICs Memory Workshop focused on

Attention and Concentration

As part of the session, we were given two maze puzzles to do.  Now, the aim wasn’t to complete the puzzles – more to concentrate on doing them and maintaining the focus of going round the mazes.

As we did the mazes, we were asked to note when our attention slipped – as usual, mine went around the hour when we had a tea break in the café!!!

I found it difficult in places – as my hand tended to slip as I moved around each maze , but it got easier as I concentrated on the task in hand

In Honour of the groups work – I’ve found a little maze on Google graphics. and I’ve left it above for you to try.  See if you can make your way round the maze without your attention wondering (suggestion: don’t do this around meal times!!!)