Category: James Proclaims

James Predicts The Future

It’s not like me to use misleading titles for my posts. Apart from when it is. And I fear I may have done just that today. Because this post is not going to be me attempting to predict the future in a humorous way, which is probably what the title implies. Nor will it be…

Wanted – Talented Writers Who Have No Personal Ambition And Are Happy To Give Away Content For No Remuneration Or Credit

A exciting opportunity has arisen for a creative, results focused and ambitious Content Writer who can take direction from written or spoken ideas and convert them seamlessly into quality content that is better than the stuff we’re currently churning out. James Proclaims Ltd James Proclaims is a multiple award-nominated blog based in the UK somewhere.…

James Blogs About His Own Blog

Though unintentionally, I appear to have started the previous two months with a kind of ‘blog update’. I suppose it’s an inevitable consequence of posting something everyday that occasionally my muse will lead me to ponder my own blog and indeed the concept of blogging as a whole. And frankly I’m not alone in this. …

Important Information For Our Readers

Dear Reader Thank you for your continued loyalty and support during these past months, which we know have been difficult ones. As life begins to return to some normality, we want to reassure you that we’re continuing to do everything we can to keep you safe while still providing the quality poetry and great art…

Ducks Versus Puddles (Round 2)

Last week we explored the efficacy of ducks (or more accurately geese, which aren’t ducks) at hindering my morning run, in comparison to puddles. That round went to puddles. Let’s see if ducks (and associated waterfowl) can level things up this week.   Prior to current world events, I would often take my daughter to…

Ducks Versus Puddles (Round 1)

A couple of notes before I begin: This post is notionally about ducks, but really it’s more about geese. And a tiny bit about swans. Essentially it’s about the birds that live on the Thames, or the bit of the Thames that goes through the town of Reading. I think the collective name for such…

I Am Your Father

Don’t be fooled by the title of the post – unless you are my almost-two-year-old daughter, I am not your father. And I’m pretty sure you’re not my daughter because, precocious though she appears to be, she can’t yet read. To the best of my knowledge anyway. But today is Fathers Day and, as of…

Zooming Away To Another Meeting

I’m in a meeting as I write this. It is, as most meetings are these days, a ‘virtual’ meeting. I’m currently using Zoom. I have also used Teams quite a lot. I don’t like either very much. I’ve never written a blog post in a meeting before, however, as there are 42 people in this…

My Toddler Thinks I’m An Idiot

I think I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but wife and I are attempting to bring our daughter up to be bilingual. This stems from our own love of languages – both of us have an undergraduate degree in French Studies. Indeed, that is how we met in the first place. Having said that,…

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

As is the case for most people, it has been a while since I had a haircut. Not that this is anything new, I’m more than a little familiar with the ‘unkempt’ look. It’s kind of my style really. Still, even by my standards I’m looking less kempt than usual. It doesn’t bother me, I…

Que Sera Sera

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…

May The Soon Be With You

Without a shadow of a doubt, life on lockdown has hit other people harder than me. I am, under the circumstances, relatively lucky. I have a job that still needs me to work (I mean the work bit is mildly irritating but in the current climate, gainful employment seems to be a definite asset), I…

Cautionary Tales

As the parent of a small child, I’m not unfamiliar with a children’s story or two. My daughter has a voracious appetite for literature. I mean quite literally, as I’ll often find her nibbling on a book. Although she does appear to be growing out of that phase and enjoying books for their content too.…

Pandemical Positives

No-one loves a pandemic more than me. Then again, no-one loves a pandemic less than me. Because, presumably, no-one loves a pandemic. Except possibly toilet-paper manufacturers. But, on the whole, it’s fair to say that this whole pandemic malarkey is pretty bad news. Nevertheless, if you can shake off the never-ending panic and crippling fear…

Don’t Panic!

In these unusual times, you do start to reassess your values and priorities and begin to focus on what’s really important. And for the people of Britain, what’s really important appears to be toilet paper. It’s one of the cornerstones of our national identity apparently. I had eschewed the supermarkets in recent days but ventured…