Our £10 Experiment


So we’ve decided to try out an experiment solely based on the values of trust and honesty and it really couldn’t be simpler. We’ve taken a crisp £10 note from the overflowing chest in our ship’s hold and we’ve passed it on to someone we believe is honest and trustworthy. Why the hell would we go and do something like that? Well, we don’t want the person to keep and spend the money we want them to pass it on to someone they also trust and so on and so on.

The aim of this experiment is to see exactly how far our £10 note can travel without being used, but we also want to find out how long a solid chain of trust can continue so to ensure that we can keep track of it’s progress we’ve taken a picture of the person we’ve passed it onto and we want you, (if the £10 note happens to come into your possession), to do the same. That way if the note is used we have a picture and a record of where ‘the buck stopped’ and who the dastardly, dishonest and wholly untrustworthy person is.

So to recap, here are the rules:

1) Give our £10 note, when/if it comes into your possession, to somebody you can trust. Explain to them what this experiment is about.

2) Take a picture or video of that person with the £10 note .

3. Email us the pic or vid to hmsfriday@gmail.com along with their name and current location, plus details of their website or business or band or any of their social network addresses they’d like to mention.

4. Check HMS Friday for details on the progress of our beloved £10 note. Who knows it might end up back in our possession.

Don’t worry we’ve penned, (in our very own horrific brand of handwriting above), an abbreviated version of these rules on the back of the £10 note, (which may actually be a tiny bit illegal), which also serves as solid proof that it’s the original note that left our possession. So it is with a heavy heart and the desperate prospect of a week without jaffa cakes that we pass our note onto the first link in what we hope is a very long and trustworthy chain.

We’ve passed our £10 onto Lauren Carson from Argyll. Your move Lauren. No pressure whatsoever.

UPDATE: 28/1/11

Seems that Lauren Carson is an extremely honest and trustworthy young lady. Earlier this week we passed a special £10 note to her with the simple instructions to pass it on to someone she trusts who in turn would pass it on to someone they trust and so on. We did this to simply find out if we could continue a solid chain of trust between people, find out exactly what kind of journey a simple £10 note can make in this country without being spent and to prove the point that everybody really is six steps away from everbody else in the world, or in this case the UK.

So we’re delighted and relieved to announce that we now have a second link in the chain. From Lauren Carson in Argyll to:

James McShane from Glasgow. Your move Mr McShane.

Update: 11/02/11

Good news everyone turns out James McShane from Glasgow is a very honest and trustworthy young man as he’s passed our special HMS Friday £10 note onto someone new, which means our special little experment continues.

A few weeks ago we launched a social test involving a £10 note, (details here) which we gave to one person to pass on to another who would then pass on to another and so on. Faith, trust and honesty were the three values this experiment was based upon and so far it seems to be working.

As the HMS Friday £10 note has been passed from James McShane to the lovely Collette Lappin from Glasgow, whose middle name is Fabriziana…apparently.

Your move Miss Lappin. No pressure, whatsoever.

Good news everyone turns out Colette Lappin from Glasgow is a very honest and trustworthy young lady as she’s passed our special HMS Friday £10 note onto someone new, which means our special little experment continues.

The handsome gent above is Steesh Graham, who also happens to be the fourth link in our Buck Stops Where project. Steesh, apart from being  the God Father to Colette’s daughter Martha, is also a sensational DJ, (view his Soundcloud page), and boyfriend to the up and coming Scottish singer Nicky MacDougall.

Your move Steesh. No pressure whatsoever.


Steesh kept to his word and passed our special experimental tender onto a thoroughly trustworthy gent. Duncan Sinclair, uncle to Steesh’s girlfriend Nicky MacDougall. Now is that not the face of a steadfast bloke?

Your move Mr Sinclair.

Turns out the gamble Steesh took on his girlfriend’s uncle, Duncan Sinclair, paid off. Our HMS Friday tenner was passed onto yet another trustworthy soul, this time all the way down in the Borders. Duncan passed the note onto Mags Morrison in Hawick.

Your move Mags.