100 Things

100 things about me


  1. Born 1966
  2. Born in Leeds in Yorkshire
  3. You can find me easily on Facebook
  4. I have been a candidate in a General Election
  5. Activism is, to me, a spiritual discipline
  6. I enjoy changing people’s minds
  7. “The way to peace, is to actively build a just and civil society”
  8. Only 17 votes came between me and seat on Stirling Council in May 2003
  9. Movie choice: Cabaret
  10. Prefer theatre to cinema though
  11. I’ve never smoked
  12. I can knit better than I can sew
  13. Ordained deacon in 1997
  14. Ordained priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1998
  15. I still consider myself a deacon as well as a priest
  16. Singing is a part of my vocation
  17. Helping other people to enjoy singing is a part of my vocation too
  18. I believe that there is no God worth believing in, who sends people to hell
  19. I am probably more “high church” than most people
  20. I feel more fulfilled and useful doing a funeral than a wedding
  21. I bought my last car (a Ford Ka) because of the clock. (And saved the clock when the car was scrapped).
  22. I wish I liked coffee
  23. I didn’t drink alcohol at all until I was 25
  24. I read Computing Science and Mathematics at Manchester Polytechnic when I first left school
  25. Then Divinity at the University of St Andrews
  26. Then, after a three year gap came training for ministry at the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church (TISEC) and a degree in Ministry at New College Edinburgh
  27. I coped with my studies in Manchester
  28. I thrived on my studies in St Andrews
  29. I endured my studies at New College, Edinburgh
  30. TISEC tested my survival skills
  31. Lay ministry is very important to me
  32. I refuse to confirm or deny whether I have a tattoo
  33. My memory is very good
  34. I have become more organised than I used to be.
  35. I’m a Provost
  36. I live in my own flat in a wally close
  37. I enjoyed being a Mission 21 facilitator in the church
  38. I’m uncertain whether clergy tenure is a good thing. (I used to be sure it was good).
  39. My taste in organ music has turned surprisingly French in recent years
  40. I learned to touch-type in school instead of playing rugby
  41. Many of my holidays for a number of years were on a boat
  42. Lots of my experiences on the boat have frightened me
  43. I found that sinking is frightening, even in a canal
  44. Liturgy, for me, is the cradle of the numinous
  45. Despite seeing the Wallace monument every day for six years, I never visited it
  46. I learn fragments of languages (French, NT Greek, Swedish, Hebrew etc) but don’t know any of them very well at all
  47. I learn fragments of computer languages (Pascal, Algol 68, Java, Python etc) but don’t know any of them very well at all
  48. HTML seems to be more bother than it is worth
  49. I hate locks – in heaven there will be neither locks nor keys
  50. I have been a chaplain in the University of London and the University of Stirling
  51. I have no middle name
  52. I don’t blog about members of the congregation in which I work
  53. I don’t blog about personal/family relationships
  54. I took the night train to Istanbul and got interrogated at the border.
  55. I review opera.
  56. “Chant matters”
  57. I can play the piano/organ, the guitar and various other folk instruments
  58. My computer has two three monitors
  59. I can cook
  60. I’m a member of the Arlington Baths Club, where I swim every other day and occasionally work out but don’t look like a gym-bunny (yet)
  61. I love my job
  62. Campaigning is something I learned how to do in my thirties
  63. Managing change is one of the skills I bring to my work
  64. I like the sun
  65. “Mission is too important to be left to the mad”
  66. I enjoy editing as much as writing.
  67. The places I have enjoyed living most have been the East End of London and the West End of Glasgow
  68. Since I moved away from London, I miss going to the theatre as often as I could then
  69. Theatre and Liturgy are not the same thing, but related.
  70. I’ve met the Queen
  71. A sense of humour is a requirement of my job
  72. “Blogging is performance”
  73. I’d like us to consider whether bishops should be elected by the Condorcet voting system
  74. I’ve never been a member of the Church of England
  75. I’ve never been a member of the Church of Scotland (though I tried it for 2 weeks).
  76. I’m enjoying getting older – life is much better as a grown up
  77. “Digital, not analogue”
  78. I once flew to Paris to see an icon. It was September 11th 2001.
  79. I only wear a biretta when it is snowing
  80. During my training for ordination I won a scholarship to go to Sweden
  81. During my training for ordination I won a scholarship to travel in Egypt
  82. I can remember the Swedish word for “mercy”
  83. I’m in Who’s Who
  84. I think a lot about design and visual communication
  85. Favourite poem: probably, “Magician [Master]” by HD
  86. Whatever Gerard Manly Hopkins says, I care little for dappled things
  87. “Church is supposed to be fun and holy”
  88. I have a degree in Practical Theology and Christian Ethics
  89. My eyes are green – well I think so
  90. I have some of my own art on the walls of my living room
  91. Patterns fascinate
  92. Numbers are still important to me
  93. “Black shoes in the sanctuary, please!”
  94. “Yes, Holy Week is necessary”
  95. Member of the Scottish Guild of Servers
  96. I wish I had studied Latin
  97. I like living on my own
  98. People matter
  99. Radio controlled clocks and watches were invented for me
  100. I’m not very good at making lists

[Updated 11 January 2019]