One month at a time

I go through phases of watching Ted Talks. I won’t watch any for a while and then suddenly I remember I can watch them on my phone, ipad, laptop, TV, Playstation etc (is there anywhere you can’t watch Ted Talks?) and then I have an intense burst of watching “Ideas worth spreading”. There can’t be anyone left who hasn’t watched a Ted Talk, but just in case, you can check them out here.

So anyway, I was on there a while back, just browsing at random, and I found this talk by Matt Cutts. Not instantly recognisable as a famous speaker I expect, but he did a fantastic talk called “Try something new for 30 days“. The basic premise being that, over the course of a year, you try something new every month, and do it every day of the month. Now I’m always looking for New Years resolutions (like starting a blog) so Matts’ talk resonated with me somewhat. What I loved most about the idea of trying something for 30 days is, it’s only 30 days! The problem with New Years resolutions is, or my New Years resolutions is, you always think they have to be mind blowingly grand ventures. Matts’ philosophy is, they don’t. Just try something for 30 days, big or small – read a book, cycle to work, play the guitar, go running. Just do it every day for a month.

So, my New Years resolution is to do just that. Each month I’m going to try to do something, every day for 30 days. If my other News Years resolutions keep up I might even blog about it.

It’s my birthday, get me out of here!

Our recent trip back to England at Christmas coincided with my birthday and as a present my best friend booked us a session at Hint Hunt. (www.hinthunt.co.uk) I call it a “session” because I don’t really know what else to call it. Is it a game, or an experience? Or a stress filled hour?!

If Hint Hunt hasn’t hit a town near you yet (I know they’re in London, Paris and Dubai), let me explain the simple premise – Hint Hunt is officially classified as an Escape Game. Essentially you (and the rest of your team) get locked in a tiny room and then have 1 hour to solve a whole load of puzzles, mysteries or cryptic clues, with the objective of getting out in time! It’s basically kind of like Crystal Maze!

And it’s amazing! There are so many clues to solve, in such a short space of time that 1 hour passes in what feels like 10 minutes. You have to work as a team to solve a lot of the clues, but you also need to work separately otherwise you’ll never get through everything there is to look at to try to solve the mystery! Music plays in background the whole time you’re there, but it’s almost at a subliminal level – over the course of the hour it builds and builds without you really realising, but as the game reaches it’s climax, the music seems to have whipped you into a bit of a mystery solving frenzy!  It’s an adrenaline filled 1 hour and it leaves you breathless by the time you finish! And when you get out, the debrief of the game amongst your team (plus a little bit of competitiveness over who solved the most clues!) is almost as much fun as the game itself!

Now, I can’t go into the specifics of what happens because you can only play the game once and then you’ll know the answers to all the puzzles and how to escape the room. So I won’t give anything away. But in the London version of Hint Hunt there are 2 different mysteries to try, with more in the pipeline I think. SO if you play once you can still go back for more!

If you think you’re not really the sort of person who’s good at solving puzzles, don’t worry! During the game, the nice people at Hint Hunt watch your progress (or lack of!) and if they think you’re getting a bit stuck or going off in the wrong direction, they feed some handy hints to you via a TV screen to get you pointed back in the right direction.

I’d definitely recommend it and can’t wait to try some different stories with new puzzles. With a group of friends it’s great fun, a really unique way to spend an hour and honestly, after you’ve played the game, you never look at a 4 digit code or a seemingly random list of numbers in the same way again!

P.S Please excuse Christmas jumper theme!

Hint Hunt Dubai