Z Is For Zeal

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Cool Text - Z 180212900812257Z is for ‘Zeal’

I had a tremendous amount of zeal when I started this A-Z challenge but the zeal started to disappear about halfway through when I realised that I hadn’t really thought it through.

Still I’ve made it to the end and I feel a certain amount of zeal about that. Continue reading Z Is For Zeal

Y Is For Year

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cooltext180056382580383.pngY is for ‘Year’

And it won’t be long until I’ve been blogging for a year.

May 10th is my blogiversary.

One year ago I was still contemplating the idea of starting a blog. And now one year on I have a blog that has gone from strength to…


Well it was all going pretty well in August.

It’s been a bit hit and miss since then.

But a year of blogging seems worth celebrating and it’s also helped me fulfil the ‘Y’ requirement of the A-Z challenge.

So come back tomorrow and be mildly disappointed by how I tackle ‘Z’.

But be sure to return on May 10th for my blogiversary party!!!!!!

Which won’t be an actual party obviously.

It’ll probably just be me writing about stuff.




X Is For Xenophile

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Any challenge which involves coming up with words that begin with each letter of the alphabet is plagued by the letter ‘X’.

Aside from xylophone, it’s pretty hard to come up with anything.

So often people resort to just using words with an ‘X’ in them. Like exam. Or exhibit.

But I wouldn’t do that to my readers.

Even if I’ve driven away most of my readers in my dogged devotion to this challenge, despite the fact the anything resembling creativity long since abandoned these pages, the least I can do is come up with a word that begins with an ‘X’.

And so I give you ‘xenophile’.

Which is the opposite to ‘xenophobe’.

It’s something to do with liking the customs and cultures or other countries.

I’m definitely not xenophobic but I’m not certain I quite qualify as a xenophile.

I am of mixed race and therefore inherently the product of numerous cultures but that’s not, I don’t think, the same thing.

I do, however, enjoy the cuisine of many other cultures.

Particularly if they deliver.





W Is For Why

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‘W’ is for ‘Why’. It’s also for ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘Where and ‘When’. It isn’t for ‘How’ but there is a ‘W’ in ‘How’.

These are the words we use to create questions. Questions that need answers.

And I have a question about ‘W’.

And my question is a ‘why’ question.

This is my question:

Why is it called double ‘u’ and not double ‘v’ when it clearly looks more like two ‘v’s than two ‘u’s. Continue reading W Is For Why

V Is For Vague

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cooltext179286968328190.pngV is for vague.

I have, in my time, relied heavily on my ability to be vague when it counts.

It’s essentially how I managed to hit the word-count on the essays I wrote for my undergraduate degree.

My assignments  never really said anything but I did use the requisite number of words to convey my total lack of ideas and clearly my tutors thought that was worth something.

And it all added up to a mediocre degree which has served me admirably as I make my way in the world, even if I am a little vague on application forms about exactly how ‘mediocre’ my qualifications are.





U Is For Underwhelming

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cooltext179265865653185U is for ‘Underwhelming’.

‘Underwhelming’ is probably a fair way to describe this post.

It’s almost as if I’ve stopped trying but my stubborn, inflexible nature means I keep posting things for this A-Z challenge even though I can’t really be bothered.

Or maybe this post just feels a bit like I’ve ‘phoned it in’ because that’s what I want it to feel like.

Because my word of the day is ‘Underwhelming’.

Who can honestly say what is going on at this point?

But if reading this leaves you feeling underwhelmed, then it may help a little to believe that’s what I intended all along.

If, on the other hand, this post leaves you feeling overjoyed, you may need to see a doctor.

T Is For Time

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I never seem to have any to do the things I want to.

I’m always busy doing other stuff.

Like work.

Or ironing shirts.

Shirts I wear to work.

Or sitting in traffic.

On my way to and from work.

I think what I’m saying is that work gets in the way of me having time to do other stuff.

But today is Saturday and I don’t have to work.

I could have spent today doing any one of a multitude of things that would make my life better.

I could have started that novel I claim I’m going to write.

I could have studied those languages I claim I’m going to master.

I could have gone to the gym and trained to become the elite specimen I know I’m never actually going to be.

Instead I spent the last two and a bit hours watching Star Wars.

Time well spent.




S Is For Sleep

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I’m something of an insomniac

Except in the mornings.

When I have no difficulty sleeping through an alarm clock.

In the mornings I drink coffee to help me wake up.

In the afternoons and evenings I drink coffee because I really like coffee.

If I drank less coffee maybe I’d sleep better.

But I’d be much worse at being awake.


R Is For Reading

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R is for Reading and also for reading.

When it is written with a capital ‘R’and pronounced as ‘redding’ it’s a town in Berkshire and the place where I live.

When it’s written with a lower case ‘r’ (or uppercase if it’s at the beginning of a sentence) and pronounced ‘reeding’ then it’s the act of decoding the written word. Continue reading R Is For Reading

Q Is For Queen

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cooltext178332954080532Q is for queen.

There are four of them in a pack of playing cards.

There was a band called Queen. They had a few hits. Bohemian Rhapsody was quite popular.

The British head of state is a queen.  People call her The Queen. It’s her birthday tomorrow. She turns ninety  apparently.

It was also my birthday this month. Continue reading Q Is For Queen