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I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you over the last few months, and one other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Forfar
  2. Liverpool
  3. Motherwell
  4. Paisley
  5. Alloa
  6. Bellshill
  7. Largs
  8. Bourneville
  9. Cardiff
  10. Sheffield

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Bridies
  2. The Beatles
  3. Work
  4. University
  5. Family
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ice cream
  8. Chocolate
  9. Closed
  10. Cutlery

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

…an architect!
Surprised? Well it shouldn’t really be a great surprise as I was always very artistic when I was younger, ad you’d often find me sketching this or that when I had a few free minutes. And as for my schoolbooks etc, well they always ended up covered in doodles!

I loved drawing, I loved being creative. In a way that does link in with what I’ve ended up doing for a living, designing/developing/managing computer systems (applications).

So architecture was my plan, but how did I end up doing a degree in Computer Science and end up working in IT? Well to be honest I’m not quite sure! When I was at school (both primary and secondary) there were no computers in my schools, they were only just beginning to become “home computers”!

Sinclair ZX81

Yeah I know, I’m old, and putting this down in writing just makes me feel even older!

Although we had no computers at school, I was very interested in them and the possibilities they presented for the future. So yes, I did own a Sinclair ZX81 and then a Commodore 64! I was that geek!

So computing was becoming the “in” thing to do when I was at secondary school, so I think that plus my general interest in what computers could potentially do for us, lead me toward a career in computing.

I left school with the required qualifications to be able to do a degree in Computer Science, so I did that and so the rest, as they say is history.

Sometimes I do wish I’d pursued a career in architecture as I still think I could have done that, been good at it and enjoyed it, however I’m still happy to have got my computing degree and to still be working in IT. Like everyone I still have days when I wish I had a different job, but in the whole I’m still happy to be an IT professional!