I will need you to think of seven locations, preferably using a house you know well. I use a house of a friend of mine. I want you to visualise this house, looking firstly at the garden. Concentrate on it. Notice if there are any plants, trees, a pond etc. Next I want you to go into the house and in order go to each room. So on entering my friend’s house there is a room on the left. After this room there is the kitchen, then the bathroom etc.
You need to go in a logical order. Make sure you do this because it will get difficult to recall if you start downstairs and then jump up a floor and then back down again!
So in each room you are going to “place” people from your list of people you have previously learnt.
This will take up the majority of your time so do it carefully and enjoy it. You will be creating some unique images you have never thought of before!
So, your first location is the garden which is room number”0” (zero). To recall that it is room zero you can imagine a giant football crashing onto your flowers!
These are the people you will need to place in the garden.
00, 06, 17, 23, 28, 34, 45, 51, 56, 62, 73, 79, 84, 90
Each of these numbers represents a person and an action. You learnt your 100 people from the techniques earlier.
Taking each person and their action you now place them in your garden and make them interact with each other, using their actions to help concrete the image.
Olive Oil is screaming for help and Ebenezer scrooge is playing golf with Seve Ballesteros!
So once you have all your people placed in their locations you are 1/7th the way there!
Before you move on to the next location make sure you know the people and location perfectly.
So, on recalling the number 73 you would think of Gerry Cottle in the garden, and recall the code for the garden being zero!
Next location: code 1. Imagine a telegraph pole in the middle of the room!
The people you will need for this room are
01, 07, 12, 18, 29, 35, 40, 46, 57, 63, 68, 74, 85, 91, 96
Next location: code 2. Imagine a swan, for example, picking at your dinner!
02, 13, 19, 24, 30, 41, 47, 52, 58, 69, 75, 80, 86, 97
Next location: code 3. Imagine a pair of handcuffs somewhere in the room
03, 08, 14, 25, 31, 36, 42, 53 59, 64, 70, 81, 87, 92, 98
Next location: code 4. Imagine a boat somewhere in your scene.
09, 15, 20, 26, 37, 43, 48, 54, 65, 71, 76, 82, 93, 99
Next location: code 5. Imagine a hook somewhere in your scene.
04, 10, 21, 27, 32, 38, 49, 55, 60, 66, 77, 83, 88, 94
Next location: code 6. Imagine an elephant’s trunk in your scene.
05, 11, 16, 22, 33, 39, 44, 50, 61, 67, 72, 78, 89, 95
So take your time and get these people into your locations. Once you have that done we will then need to learn the month codes. It won’t take too long!
So on with the months. Each month has its own code to go with it. You are going to recall the code from what the month means to you.
The Month codes
Ok, so let’s take a look at January.
January code is 1. That’s easy to remember, it’s the first month and the code is one.
February. This makes me think of a brewery. Years ago they used to deliver kegs of beer by boat. A boat looks like a four.
So February’s code is four!
March has a code of four also. I imagine a group of soldiers “marching” and as they are marching they are carrying a rowing boat. The boat again means four.
April has the code 0, (zero). I would imagine April showers but instead of rain footballs and golf balls are falling from the sky! I wouldn’t want to be out in that!
May has the code 2. May reminds me of choices, may and may not. Two. So the code is 2!
June has the code 5. June reminds me of my mother’s friend who has earrings that look like curtain hooks!
July code is 0 (zero). I know someone called Julie and I can picture her kicking a football around her house, smashing windows and ornaments!
August has the code 3. I can visualise a group of trees at the top of a hill. It is very windy up there and they look like they are going to blow over. I can see a giant set of handcuffs around the trees keeping them together!
September has the code 6. I can see an elephant in a parade. Unfortunately he can’t lift his trunk up and it is dragging on the ground. He will get lots of cuts on his trunk, and it may go septic. The septic reminds me of September, and the trunk reminds me of the code six.
October has the code 1. It reminds me of an octopus with his tentacles all laid out on a telegraph poll. Perhaps he is listening into people’s phone conversations?
November has the code 4. The four again brings me to a boat image. On the boat I imagine a novice carpenter trying to patch the boat before it and he sinks!
December has the code 6. Christmas season is full swing and I can see Santa in the sky. It looks like his reindeer have put on a lot of weight! It turns out he is using elephants this year!
The Year codes
Ok, so now we have the majority of the work done. From now on it is a matter of learning the YEAR codes, but don’t worry, they are easy to do.
Can you see a pattern here? 6, 4, 2, 0, 6, 4, 2, 0
1900 has the year code of 0. As long as you know that you can figure out the code of the other years.
Ok, so now there is just one more thing you need to keep in mind. I know this seems so long winded but believe me when you learn the techniques it will take a second to do it in your head!
Leap years fall every four years. How will you know if it was a leap year? Is it evenly divisible by four? If it is, that year is a leap year. For example 1942 is NOT a leap year. Forget about the 19 for a second and look at the 42. 4 goes into 42 but not evenly therefore 1942 was not a leap year. What about 1900?
Well you could say that 4 goes into 1900. But when we are looking at the century itself, we divide it by 400. Does it go in evenly? No. therefore 1900 was not a leap year.
What about 2000? Well four does go in evenly so yes it is a leap year.
Right, so when you figure out it’s a leap year this is what you have to do:
If the date you are working out falls between 1st January and 29th February then you must take away 1 from your final calculations. If it falls out of this date, do nothing.
Ok, so what day was it on 23rd February 2000 ?
So, take the 23. Add this to the code of February… which was?? Brewery, kegs on boat, boat four. So add the four to the 23 giving you 27.
Is 2000 a leap year? Yes and our date falls in between 1st January and 29th February so you have to make sure whether it is a leap year or not. Tip: if the year ends in an odd number then you know it cannot be divisible by four!
Ok, so we know it’s a leap year, but what is the year code for 00 (Olive Oil)? Where was she? She was in the garden, with a code of zero!
So add it all up:
23 + 4 (February) + 0 (Olive Oil) + 6 (the century code) – 1 (because it falls between the 1st January and 29th February in a leap year) = 32
Next thing you have to do is cast out as many sevens as you can:
7, 14, 21, 28… remainder 4.
The four is the day of the week.
Monday = 2
Tuesday = 3
Wednesday = 4
Thursday = 5
Friday = 6
Saturday = 0
So in this example 23rd February 2000 was a Wednesday.
Let’s try another…
12th October 1943
12 + 1 (Octopus on a telegraph pole) + 0 (1900 year code) + 4 (43 = DC in location number 4)
Add them all up and you get 17.
Cast out the sevens, 7, 14, leaving you with 3.
12th October 1943 was a Tuesday.
Try it for yourself. It may take you a couple of days to get all the locations and codes correct but it really is worth it!
To test you are right try it out on the calendar on your mail program if you have one!
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