Welcome to the next installment in our fascinating YouPlay Member Profile series. Ladies and gentlemen please put your hands together for the one, the only... arcticprincess!
Jessie: Firstly, I hear there’s an interesting story behind your YouPlay User Name…
Arcticprincess: I love, love, love polar bears! My HUGE collection includes very small figurines, books, clothes, DVDs, toys, and some very large toys - I have a room dedicated to them. In fact there are polar bears in EVERY room! I am also a member of Polar Bears International whose aim it is to bring the polar bear into the public arena. This organization provides information about the research efforts of scientists who are trying to preserve the bear and its habitats, and also promotes what other people are doing to bring the plight of the bear and global warming to the world.
YP Member arcticprincess
J: Now for some general background info please!
AP: I live in Melbourne in Victoria, Australia - I came to Melbourne on April 1st 1973.
Other than puzzles, I enjoy an eclectic arrangement of music styles (Il Divo, jazz and classical) and being outdoors. We have one not-so-young dog.
J: What are your favourite puzzles?
AP: My favourite puzzles are the Cryptics because they cause me to think - and get mad! Plus I like the Cypher Square in the magazines.
I am at a loss as to remember how I found the YouPlay site, but have loved it since. Other than the Cryptic Crossword I like the General Knowledge and the Zodiac Match. That new puzzle 'Tasty Trivia' drives me crazy because I don't know enough about wines and beers to get the answers right! It is very frustrating but a lot of fun to try.
J: Does your family share your passion for puzzles?
AP: If you had asked me if my family enjoys puzzles just a few weeks ago I would have said no – but, very recently my daughter has 'been bitten' by the bug. She left work to raise my new grand-daughter and in a quiet moment found a puzzle in a magazine. She enjoyed it so much I directed her to the best puzzles books.
J: Where do the holidays find you?
AP: Holidays have been spent visiting family interstate and overseas. In more recent times my husband and I have also enjoyed camping. I find this very relaxing away from phones and noise.
J: I hear you! What else makes you happy?
AP: What makes me happy is life because I re-married eighteen months ago. Also, my kids have achieved a good deal through some tough times and now they have families of their own. I love visiting friends and chatting on the phone.
What makes me unhappy is the state of the world and its natural disasters and some people's intolerance of those less fortunate.
J: What are you most proud of?
AP: .........that is a tough question! I thought most hard about this one. I would have to say my new marriage.
J: Finally arcticprincess tell us one interesting fact about yourself!
AP: Hmm, well I was a 'greenie' in my younger days. I attended marches that heightened the public awareness of my home state's forests being hurt by the logging industry.
J: Thanks arcticprincess – what a lovely person you are!
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