Who is James?

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My name is James and I don’t live by conventional rules. Right now, as I write this, I’m sipping coffee from a mug which has the word ‘tea’ written on it. I don’t own any ‘days of the week’ socks, but if I did, I would be more than comfortable wearing the ‘Friday’ socks on a Wednesday (I never wear odd socks though – that’s just anarchy). If there was a plate of biscuits on the table and only one Jammie Dodger left and everyone else was being too polite to take it, I would swoop in and eat it with scant regard for social niceties. That’s just how I roll (although conversely, saying things like “that’s just how I roll” is very much out of character).

I’m originally from Wales. That’s where I grew up. In a small town almost equidistant between Cardiff and Swansea, which is probably the most noteworthy thing there is to say about that particular town.

I did, for a small number of years, live in Paris.

This blog would be significantly more interesting if I still lived in Paris.

But now I live in Reading. People who don’t live in Reading sometimes think that Reading must be a rubbish place to live. But it’s ok really. If Reading were to have a tagline it could be something like:

“Reading – it’s not as bad as you think.”

I’m happily married to someone who really could do better, but if you don’t tell her then I won’t either.

In the summer of 2018 I became a dad. I like being a dad.

I’m a qualified teacher. Sometimes I use that qualification to help me pay the bills.

In real life I look a bit like the person in this photo:

  33 comments for “Who is James?

  1. June 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Hey, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 I don’t know if you do awards, but if you do:


    Liked by 2 people

    • June 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Well thanks – not entirely sure I understand what it is, but then I am very new to all this. Coming from you though, it is indeed an honour and you’ve earned yourself a ‘like’ from me – and I’ll comment on your post once I can think of something suitably witty…

      Liked by 2 people

  2. July 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Greetings and salutations and other such friendly well-wishing! You’ve been nominated for the 2015 Liebster Award! Check out the link for details: https://skillupskillet.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/id-like-to-thank-the-fandoms-ive-won-an-award/

    If you’ve already been nominated, my bad. Take it as a compliment that your blog is one of my favorites. Cheers!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. July 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    You have a really great site. I will follow your journey!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. July 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hilarious! New follower (and fellow 201-er). Thank for the perspective. I’m not officially one of your “stats”!

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Hello and welcome! I recall meeting in you in the 201! Anyone who calls me hilarious will always be more than a stat!

      Liked by 2 people

  5. JoHanna Massey
    July 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    So Droll!
    Which doesn’t rhyme with James.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. August 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I have a hard time writing “About Me” pages in general. Yours is the bees knees!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. August 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I love this, cos I lived and taught in Reading (in prospect – if you know it). It was an interesting experience. I was told I was safe, and the childer called each other “blood”. It is a strange, but lovely town. Just avoid the chavs on bikes!

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    • August 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      I know Prospect very well! I’ve not taught there (yet!) but we had a few of their ‘harder to manage’ kids in the unit I’ve been working in for the last couple of years. Definitely one of the nicer schools to work with, although the kids were nuts!

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    • April 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Hello Keith and James!

      If Reading is indeed not as bad as you think, then what about Writing?


  8. Hayli
    August 10, 2015 at 5:06 am

    You had this American laughing her ass off, and you’ve made it to the top of my favorite blogger list. I’d nominate you for an award if I didn’t think they were bogus. I can’t wait to read your writing and learn more about you and your place in the world. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. kashafS
    May 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Hey! first things first, I found this blog on Community Pool! And well, I don’t think that by any chance your tagline stands true. I read some of your posts, and they were great! Very smart and creative features and posts!! keep Going. For that matter, even I am quite new to all this… Give my site a visit too if you may… kashafalways.wordpress.com

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  10. May 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Reading this was way too much fun!

    Liked by 3 people

  11. January 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I’m on my 33rd week of pregnancy and I’m definitely naming this little guy “James”.
    You earned one follower, thanks for making me smile

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Wow – what an honour – not quite sure what to say – but James is a name that has always served me well so hope the little guy enjoys it! Always glad to make people smile 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  12. February 2, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Good write-up about yourself; made me want to follow you. Thanks for the visit and follow.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. February 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hello!So glad to have landed on your blog.I really admire and appreciate your writing style.Keep writing!Looking forward to read more of your writings!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. June 8, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Love the way you write and your humour!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. December 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Now THAT is how you write an intro.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. June 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

    You sound like a cool and fun guy. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts! 😃👊🙏

    Liked by 2 people

  17. August 26, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    That made me smile! Thank you for following my blog.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. November 12, 2020 at 3:23 am

    I followed you to your home here from ‘Haps with Herb’.
    It has been immense fun reading your posts – they bring back fond memories of the two years we lived in the UK. Then I looked at the map to see exactly where Reading is, and that reminded me of all the times we didn’t get to Reading because we stopped at Windsor or Legoland or Kew or Hampton Court. So much to see and do in your country!

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