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Adrian in London is doing 42 things including…

Practice random acts of kindness

46 cheers


Adrian has written 9 entries about this goal

On the receiving end

The other day I was on the tube (on the way to my spanish class) and I was hungry conviently had a nice yoghurt in my bag. I got it out and it was one of those ones with granola/museli on the top with a special foldy out spoon. Anyhow – there was multiple levels of unwrapping but finally it was all set when I caught the spoon with the corner of my cuff and it flipped and sprayed yoghurt all over my bag. Looking around I though nobody had noticed and I was jolly relieved and I started tucking in to the yoghurty goodness but then a nice kind lady tapped me on the knee and offer me a tissue (which obvious as a man I would never carry around) with which I could mop up some of the yoghurt and make myself approximately presentable. W

Anyway the point is thank you to the lady/girl for the tissue.

Wake me up...

Thank you to the person that woke me up this morning – I had fallen asleep on the train into Moorgate and was very much asleep when a kind soul gave me a little poke (I might have been snoring gently) in order to remind me to get up and go to work – thank you. I could have travelled the whole line – I was very tired this morning.

Random but one that saved me this morning :-)

Randomly bought somebody...

A bottle of water at the airport she was going to put in on a credit card and so I swooped in and bought it for her. She was very suprised which is rather cool :-)

Canada is super friendly and this inspires me to bring this attitude back to London

Receive Random acts too...

Whilst in Niagra on the Lake in Canada, we visited a funny little shop that sold British specialities – such as proper baked beans, HP sauce, mushy peas, Marmite, Corination Street memobelia and we got talking to the nice lady who worked there and it turned out that she too came from the West Midlands (Halesowen) – although she emmigrated 34 years ago. We exchanged brummie/black country stories and reminscenses including the Crooked House and Merry Hill. We both did our best accents especially for the occasion. And when I left she gave me a chocolate bar (Fry’s Chocolate Cream) – I felt like I was 10 years old again.

This is probably the only time that being a brummie has paid off…

Curse you 43 things...

... you have made a honest (well more honest) man out of me.

Twice in two days have people given me too much change and both times I have corrected their mistakes. I am down £2.79 but up at least 2.5 karma points?

First one a barman in a really cheap pub gives me too much money from my small round. Second one a local shopkeeper under charges me for my sultana bran.

Now I wonder if I will be good if an evil multinational makes a mistake (probably not….)

I love receiving Random acts too!

Hurrah for people. Whilst sitting outside last night with a load of work chums swilling down some beers and chewing the cud of the day – some lovely young ladies kindly donated two half empty bottles of wine to our noble and just cause (getting drunk on a Thursday after a bad day is definitely a noble and just cause). So thank you random people and thank you for your wine and I want to make it absolutely clear that me falling asleep on the tube on the way home was not your fault in any way – hell I enjoyed the long walk home kicking piles of leaves on the balmy october evening :-)

Ra-Ra Random Acts

Making a drunk guy put on his trousers

So after a night in the pub, I am standing watching the street with my flatmate Ruth and we notice a guy who looks a bit “worse for wear” which is fine and dandy for a Friday night but then he drops his trousers and slumps up against a car. Not necessarily the best move on the mean streets of London. After we chuckle to ourselves for a bit we realize that this guy is very drunk and not likely to put his trousers on before some local likely lads decide that he looks like someone to have some fun with. So I go down and tell him to put his trousers on and go home. He obeys me – I clearly have Jedi mind powers – hurrah!

Buy random people a pint

For cosmic harmony I bought a random guy a pint tonight. I was at the UK Beer Festival at Olympia and was queuing to buy 3 halves of Caledonian Beer – mmm lovely – some guy bumps into to me and so I decide he deserves a pint.

Random or what?

I defintely deserve good karma for this one (or does thinking ai deserves good karma negate the whole karmic thang?).

Toodles Teddy!

(Maybe I drank too much beer at the festival too…)


People don’t expect it but it helps the world go round and it make you feel unexpected good when somebody helps you out when you need it.

Easy things to do (I have both done these and had them done to me)

1. Offer people your seat on the tube
2. Let people pull out in front of you
3. Offer to take tourists photos
4. Volunteer to help people reach things in the supermarket
5. Picking up somebody elses litter
6. Let people push in front of you in the queue if they are going to be significantly quicker than you.

Hard/risky things to do (things I wish I had the bottle to do):

1. Defend somebody who is being bullied
2. Tell somebody they are an arse for dropping litter or spitting

Adrian has gotten 46 cheers on this goal.


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