James Explains ‘James Explains’

James Explains


It’s the second day of 2018 and, taking the metaphorical bull of ‘New Year Good Intention’ by its equally metaphorical horns, I’ve decided to do something new on James Proclaims. And by new I mean something old.

But new to these pages.

I’m bringing back ‘James Explains’.

If you go to the ‘About’ page of this very blog, you’ll discover that ‘James Explains’ was the name I gave to the regular column I wrote for my university’s monthly newsletter.

It was, as I recall, quite a popular column.

Well I liked it anyway.

I had originally intended to call this very blog ‘James Explains’ but I didn’t because:

  1. ‘James Proclaims’ is a better name because it is a better rhyme.
  2. If you put the words ‘James’ and ‘explains’ next to each other, as would be required for a website address (eg. jamesexplains.com) you’ll see that the word ‘sex’ appears in the midst of it all. Which might bring the ‘wrong’ sort of visitor to this site. Which could only lead to disappointment for all parties

Anyway, just because the whole blog is called ‘James Proclaims’ doesn’t mean there can’t be a bit of it called ‘James Explains’.

Because the words ‘proclaims’ and ‘explains’ aren’t synonyms.

So ‘James Explains’ could be the bit of my blog where I explain stuff.

Which is what I’ve just done, with regards to the new ‘James Explains’ feature.

If that’s all a bit meta for you, then worry not, for next week (possibly but not definitely next Tuesday) I’ll be using my awesome powers of explanation to shed light on some other stuff.



Invitation for ‘audience’ interaction

If you’ve got a question that you need James to answer then why not ask it in the comments below. And if you’re lucky, he might select you out of the thousands…sorry…hundreds….no?….tens?…too ambitious?…possibly one other question that he receives each and every week.

And if he doesn’t get any questions then he’ll just pretend that he did and make something up.


  13 comments for “James Explains ‘James Explains’

  1. January 2, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Hi James,
    Can you handle at a stretch three questions in the one hit?
    (1) What is the name of the space between the teeth of a comb?
    (2) How did people make the first tools if they didn’t have any tools?
    (3) While cookies are baking can it be said the cookies are loading?

    You’ve got, shall we say, until New Year’s Eve 2018, to come up with some reasonable-sized wisdom of each of those. K?

    Ps. That was real racey with the jamesexaplains.com

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 2, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Thanks for playing – I will do the appropriate level of research (which may, in fact, be no research at all…) and endeavour to answer all three of those questions at some point in the future. Possibly by the deadline you have set.

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  2. January 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Thankyou James.
    Counting on you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 2, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Why are you called James, James?
    Before you answer that, I know you are not called James James. At least I don’t think you are!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      A fine question. Obviously it would defeat the object to answer that here but rest assured I will deal with your enquiry soon enough. And to wet your appetite, the answer is not a simple one. Alas it’s not an interesting one either…

      Liked by 1 person

  4. January 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I like this but cannot think of anything to ask you at present.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 2, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Well, if this takes off there will be plenty of opportunities for questions in the future. And if it doesn’t, I’ll still persist with it blindly.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. gigglingfattie
    January 2, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I have a question!!!! I HAVE A QUESTION!!! *waves hand frantically in the air, almost falling out of her chair*

    What, precisely, is the function of a rubber ducky?

    ….asking for a friend…

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 2, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Nice one – I’ll get on it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • gigglingfattie
        January 2, 2018 at 6:59 pm


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  6. January 3, 2018 at 10:03 am

    These are questions I always ask a new class:

    – Who would win in a fight, bear or lion?
    – Jaffa, cake or biscuit? (Standard, centuries old dilemma!)
    – Is a hotdog a sandwich?

    Also, do giraffes make a sound? And would they be the rudest animal if they could speak ‘human’?

    Oh, I could go on and on and on… 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 3, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      That’s more than enough – I’ll definitely be answering some of those 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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