Happy New Year 2020


For two years now, I have published a list of resolutions. This is my third. They are not things that I have set my heart on achieving but rather things to aim at. Last year I managed two and a half out of the five yet it didn’t matter. I achieved other things throughout the year and they were more guidelines than rules anyway.

So how did I do in 2019? Here is my list:

  • After its first successful year I want to establish CyberFest on the North East’s tech calendar – Its second year was great, with eleven events in total from Alnwick to Middlesbrough.
  • If I can’t get a club going, find someone I can converse with in Dutch who lives locally – No luck with this one though I did manage to keep my Duolingo going every day and achieved a 1382 day streak.
  • Revist my first book, Guerrilla Working, correct the spelling mistakes and syntax errors, while bringing it up to date – Yes I did this but haven’t published it. I don’t think I am going to bother as it is not wearing that well with time. It was never that great in the first place.
  • Become a little more politically active, how I am not yet sure – I went to town on this one. I was active in the North of Tyne Mayor and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections as well as, of course the 2019 General Election. Most of my effort was on social media and I think I spent too much time there.
  • Get out there on a kayak – I went kayaking up the river Coquet, which was great and has spurred me on to get back on the water. I did get a tick bite however which was a bit of a set back.

I’m going to give myself four and a half out of five, perhaps I had made them too easy. What of this year then? Here is my 2020 list:

  • Establish CyberNorth as the cyber security cluster for the region as recognised by the industry.
  • Finally get to speak Dutch with someone on a regular basis.
  • See if I can get to write for a local newspaper or magazine.
  • Focus my political activism on electoral reform.
  • Cut down on my driving, use public transport more and even get back on a bicycle.

To be reviewed on 31 December 2020.

Have a happy new year.

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