Que Sera Sera

James Proclaims (4)


Having been largely dormant for much of 2019, my blog has enjoyed something of a resurgence of late.

This may be a natural consequence of all that is going on in the world.

Then again, although it is abundantly clear, even to an introvert like me, that social norms appear to have changed for most of us (or at least those of us who don’t work as special advisors to the prime minister) aside from having to queue to get into supermarkets, not much has really changed for me.

Because I am the father of a very small person. A toddler if you will. So I never got to see anyone or do anything anyway.

Obviously I’m being slightly glib. I think. I’m not actually sure what ‘glib’ means, but it seems appropriate to use it here.

Yep, I’ve just looked it up and it was the right word.

I’m being as glib as a politician who tells you that they are being guided by the science.

Obviously life has changed for me in the last few months, but not as profoundly, I don’t think, as it probably has for people who like spending time with, y’know, other people. And who don’t have an adorable yet demanding small person in their lives.

But, even though I have mostly still been at work (and yes, I actually have been ‘at work’ rather than working from home, for quite a few weeks now, since I established that, as no-one else was there, it was as easy to social distance in my office as at home and far far easier to pretend to be working hard there), my job has changed quite a lot. Because I work in a secondary school, not strictly speaking as a teacher (though I could if I wanted to, I have the relevant pieces of paper that permit me to teach children how to not fail exams, which has, essentially been the main focus of the British education system for many a year now, not least since, fairly early in the decade just gone, when Mr Gove and his special advisor, a certain Mr Cummings, decided that anything resembling a holistic education for children was a massive waste of time), but as someone who attends lots of meetings in which many things are discussed but nothing is ever resolved. And though I have had to attend a lot of the same meetings ‘virtually’ and complete lots of unnecessary paperwork that no-one will ever read, the absence of any actual children in school has been different to say the least.

I’ve still been busy, but there have been fewer distractions and so I may have had a little more time to blog. On the other hand, for the last two months I’ve been blogging predominantly about music and Star Wars, and I’d been planning on doing that regardless of ‘you know what’. The birth of my daughter in August 2018 resulted in the latter part of 2018 and most of 2019 being quite unproductive in blogging terms. Because it turns out that being a new parent is both time-consuming and exhausting. Who knew? Roughly 65% of the posts I wrote between June 2018 and March 2020 were the Christmas-Adjacent movie reviews I write in the build-up to Christmas. And no-one ever reads those. So I’d pretty much decided that I needed to have a couple of ‘blog projects’ that didn’t rely on me writing about movies that may have a tenuous link to Christmas. And I’d planned my April ‘A-Z of albums’ย  some time in advance of writing the posts. I planned the Star Wars thing a little less well, but notionally I thought it might be fun to do a long time before May arrived. And I was right, it was fun to do.

There’s no doubt that having slightly more time, due to world events, has helped my blog stumble back into existence, but I like to think I would have written most of what I have written without the need for a global pandemic.

But now we’re in June.

And I haven’t planned anything for June.

Except to write the same sort of stuff as I was writing before my extended paternity leave from the blogosphere.

And I can’t quite remember what that was.

I have vague recollections of writing something about soup once.

And I’m pretty certain there was something about the etiquette of waving on a boat.

And I expect I moaned about Brexitย a few times.

And there was definitely a lot of bad poetry.

And some stuff was just plain weird.

Anyway, the point, if indeed there is a point, is that I’ve definitely re-discovered my love of blogging, which should mean that there will be a fair amount of content on these pages in the coming months.

But I offer no guarantees as to the quality of that content.




  24 comments for “Que Sera Sera

  1. Bear
    June 1, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I’d forgotten Magic Penguin. Now I’ve read your linked one again, I’ve remembered why.

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    • June 1, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Harsh but fair


      • Bear
        June 1, 2020 at 10:39 am

        Yes, sorry, always battling with myself about using the winky emoticon for ‘I intend this to be read this sarcastic’ but nearly always die of fear when I go without it and start thinking the comment can’t really carry that by itself.

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      • June 1, 2020 at 11:13 am

        I picked up on the intended tone so don’t worry, although frankly had you been entirely serious you would have had a fair point with regards that particular section of my blog…

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  2. June 1, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Great blog you have here James. Like you, I’ve had more time to blog and discover other bloggers like yourself and have enjoyed every moment of it. Also like you, I work in education but as support staff in Primary School. While it’s a joy to inspire and assist in the teaching of children my real passion is writing which I hope to pursue full-time one day! I’m glad you’re returning and I for one look forward to reading your new posts! Have a great day mate. God bless ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›

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    • June 1, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      Glad you like the blog. Anyone who works in a primary school is a hero in my eyes, but good good luck with the writing too.

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      • June 1, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        Many thanks mate. I have respect for those working with teenagers – not an easy job at all so credit to you!

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  3. June 1, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Youโ€™re stuck at home with a toddler. The blog fodder must be limitless…. just go with it.

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    • June 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Itโ€™s surprisingly repetitive…


  4. June 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I’m looking forward to more.

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    • June 1, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Well you wonโ€™t be disappointed. Provided you have relatively low expectations…

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      • June 1, 2020 at 7:41 pm

        I’ll try not to exect too much, lol.

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  5. June 1, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve just got back to blogging too. You’re quite funny, although I avoided your Star Wars stuff because I have enough of that in this house (husband & son). You could write funnies about the stupid things politicians say and do. There’s a wealth of material there.

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    • June 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      You’re too kind, but also clearly quite prescient seeing as tomorrow’s post might well be a little tongue-in-cheek homage to our government. I don’t blame you for missing the Star Wars stuff – I’m amazed anyone read it really.

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  6. June 1, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Afraid. Very afraid…

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  7. June 2, 2020 at 6:04 am

    I’ll read anything… except Star Wars. I have to draw a line somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‰. Looking forward to more stuff from you!

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    • June 2, 2020 at 6:40 am

      I completely understand your position on Star Wars, but fortunately I think I’m all Star Wars’d out…

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  8. June 3, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Once upon a time I had toddlers. They were maniacs. But I loved them. Still do. They are now 12 and 15. It’s like toddlerhood all over again but with more attitude. Also in one case I look up, not down, because he surpasses me by an inch.

    For many years I wanted nothing more than to sleep. Through the night, through a nap, for 15 minutes. Can’t be done with toddlers. My second was attached to me for 4 and a half years before she slept in her own bed through the night.

    I’m still traumatized.

    Today, while in lockdown in Toronto (we’re in phase 1-ish of opening) they sleep more and later than ever before. That’s the best part. Also, I can ignore them better so I can write more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Looking forward to reading more from you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • June 4, 2020 at 9:05 am

      I would love to sleep. I work with teenagers daily (or, in normal times I do) and I always think I’m pretty good with them, but I fear little one will runs rings around me when she gets there. Which she currently already does…

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      • June 4, 2020 at 11:31 am

        I love toddlers. I love giving them back after all the fun stuff so if you need a babysitter…๐Ÿ˜‰ There’s a big pond between us but the offer stands.

        Honestly, I am so happy to have had the experience. Despite all the drama. So many people who would like to have children can’t …toddlerhood is an amazing time. Hang in tight. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • June 4, 2020 at 11:45 am

        I do love every second of it really but I am soooo tired…

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  9. Loula Bella xoxo
    June 5, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    My new favourite word is now โ€˜glibโ€™!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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