Mundane

15Nov09

For many years I worked for Her Majesty’s Civil Service. Somewhat by choice but to be honest mostly out of an almost chronic lack of ambition and to be really really honest because Texas Homecare turned me down.

Anyway life in the Civil Service was interminably dull (even for someone with said lack of ambition) and as such my mind would wander,  (‘wander’ is underplaying what happened to an almost heroic degree). Most days I would will the wood yard next door to implode into a raging inferno (a raging inferno please note where no one was hurt and those involved in the business of quenching said fire went about their duties safely – albeit quite slowly), however despite the effort of my will I failed to insitgate even a flicker of a flame *.

So it was great to see the wonderful (I can prove that by using an etch-a-sketch) Russell Davies talking about games and playfulness (not that sort of playfulness, behave) at (appropriately enough) Playful, and now reprised on his blog :

It’s that experience of driving in the back of the family car, scrunching you eyes up at night to turn the streetlights into laser weapons and shooting other cars. Or watching the passing shadows on the road beside you, imagining shapes and rhythms.

Which is just lovely isn’t ? He continues the thought by going onto say :

Just like when I walk through the crowds on Oxford Street a tiny part of me is pretending I’m an assassin slipping steely-eyed through the crowds in order to shake the agents on my tail. And I bet it’s not just me. I’m not saying I’m massively deluded, just that, very often, some bit of us is always trying to play those games, to make mundane things more exciting.

and illustrates his point with this clip from one of my favourite films, Billy Liar.

And that’s just great isn’t it, “making mundane things more exciting” – shouldn’t we all be doing that ?

Which is all a rambling route to get to a place to introduce noticings, a relatively new example of a ‘barely game’ ((c) Russell Davies) where the point is the game is to notice the world around you or to put it another way to help “make mundane things more exciting“.

*It was shortly after I left and moved into my new job that a fire did break out in said wood yard – not an inferno but a decent sized blaze. It was this day that I knew there was no God.



One Response to “Mundane”

  1. 1 danielweiresq

    More of a ramble than ever . . . sorry.

    DW x


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