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2016 list

As I mentioned yesterday, each year for the last few I’ve written a list of things I’d like to try and do/learn/achieve over the coming year. If nothing else it’s interesting to see how my interests change from year to year. So here is my list for 2016, enjoy!
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1) Cycle to clergy conference in April (100km)
In looking for a good cycling challenge for the year I realised that it would be pretty much exactly 100km to cycle to the clergy conference in April. That’s further them I’ve done in a day before (most is about 70km) but I’ve got a few months to work up to it and a nice new bike to do it on. Plus the ride goes through the Peak District – my favourite place in the world!

2) Try bellringing
I’ve been meaning to go along to bellringing practice at Church for ages – this year I’m definitely going to do it!

3) Make (and blog) a Lego animal every day for a month
Lego + animals – what’s not to like?!

4) Bake 3 new kinds of bread from Richard Bertinet’s book
I haven’t set myself a bready challenge for a few years but got this book for Christmas so it seems like a good chance to try some new techniques.

5) Learn to play in D & G on the concertina
I’ve got the hang of playing in C and F (which are the native keys for my concertina) but D & G are more useful keys to be fluent in if I’m playing with other people so that’s what I’ll work on this year.

6) Translate the whole of a new testament book
My Greek translation dropped off a bit in 2015 so I’m going to try and make more of an effort with it this year – starting with translating a whole book (albeit probably one of the shorter ones!)

7) Get an article on Mossy Church published somewhere
Despite receiving a few requests I’ve sort of avoided talking too widely about Mossy Church because we’ve still been trying to figure it out ourselves. This year I will be a bit more proactive in doing that because, even if it’s not working how we had anticipated it, I’m convinced that the idea is a good one.

8) Decide on a dissertation title!
Having spent the last year and a half with numerous dissertation ideas (something to do with environmental theology) rattling around my head, this year I actually have to decide and start writing.

9) Give up chocolate for Lent
I’ve always said this is something I could never do which seems as good a reason as any to try and do it (so you may wish to avoid me during February and March…)

10) Carve a wooden spoon
Yeah I know this has been unsuccessfully on the list for the last few years but I still want to do it!

11) Write a tune for the Gloria
We’ve tried learning a couple of new tunes to the Gloria at Church and they’ve not gone down all that well. I have never heard one that I really like but I do like the idea of singing it so I thought a good way of getting to understand its challenges would be to try and write my own tune.

12) Write at least 2 songs
I’ve been doing a bit more singing and performing since moving to Whitchurch and have been revisiting some of my old songs. This has made me realise how long it is since I wrote any songs (apart from a few arrangements for the choir at Trinity) do I’m going to try and do a bit more this year.

So there we go – that my list for the coming year, what’s yours?

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