There were times when 2016 felt like a bit of a drag, but in hindsight there was plenty of good stuff going on:
In January I visited Berlin for the first time and fell in love with the city.
In September I rode the North Coast 500 with a group from the Honda NC700 forum.
A few of my short stories appeared in print, while one from last year won two awards, an Ursa Major and a Cóyotl.
In culture news, I had my first experience of the Globe, to see A Midsummer Night's Dream, and was enthralled by both The Red Barn at the National and The Red Baron at the RAF Museum.
I saw Paul Simon in concert for the...sixth time? On this occasion, though, I went with my mum, which was a first.
On TV, I loved Deutschland '83 to distraction and was inconsolable when it finished. Luckily The Night Manager came along immediately afterwards to make up for it. Currently: working my way through all of Archer and Paw Patrol on Netflix.
Things to do in 2017:
- Travel more, perhaps taking in an airshow abroad
- Get something longer than a short story published
- Grade to first dan
- Something awesome for my 40th birthday
Finally, please enjoy this recent self-portrait: