Each Friday as part of this blog I share a few things that I have loved during the previous week. It might be a book, a film, a podcast or something less tangible like a behaviour or a feeling. This week I want to talk about random graffiti, a gaming app called Free Flow and pointing the finger of blame.

Random Graffiti: My interest in random graffiti was generated by two things. First, as part of his Radio X show Johnny Vaughan has a hilarious weekly segment where he encourages listeners to send in pictures of bizarre messages that have been spray painted on walls. Also, as I spoke about in a previous Friday post, I attended a Bettakulcha event recently where one of the presenters gave a very entertaining talk on a similar topic. I suppose with these two things rattling around in my brain it was natural that I started to look out for my own acts of random graffiti. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look too far as someone has ‘kindly’ shared their wisdom next to where I work.

First, making a very bold and imperious statement of atheistic intent, they provided the following message….


Next, I’m assuming they wanted to provide social commentary on the lack of leadership in today’s society today by saying….


Have you spotted any random graffiti?

If so, why don’t you share it?

Free Flow: I downloaded this app ages ago, played it incessantly for weeks, promptly forgot about it for a while until last week and now I’m addicted again. The aim of the game is  to join up the coloured dots on a variety of sized grids without crossing over the lines. At first success was about joining up the dots but as you improve the challenge becomes doing it in as few moves as possible. I’m basically at the stage now where if I don’t complete the challenge of each grid without any false moves I consider it a failure. I find it amazing how quickly the brain can tune into the patterns that a game like this creates.

Pointing the finger of blame: I was in a meeting recently where the old adage of, “if you point your finger at me, there are three pointing back at you” came roaring back into my thinking. I find it interesting how quickly we reach out to blame others when very often the keys to improving a situation lie within us. It’s easy to look to others for change, it’s more difficult to look inside, modify our behaviour and make the necessary adjustments to improve a situation. Do the difficult thing.