Category: James Proclaims

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…

‘Working’ From Home

When last I blogged, I did so from my office in a very much still open, though poorly attended, school. That same day the government decided to close schools, although they did give us the remainder of the week to keep things ticking over, which was nice of them. It was not at all challenging…

Becoming The Hero I Was Born To Be

Despite the fact that we’re now all living in a world that is eerily reminiscent of the beginning of every Zombie movie ever, it’s nice to see that we British are displaying our usual ‘Dunkirk’ spirit. Obviously I wasn’t around at the time of Dunkirk, and my historical knowledge may be a little sketchy here,…

Alphabetical Albums

Two years ago this blog was positively thriving. Between November 2017 and May 2018, I wrote a post everyday for 200 consecutive days. I write a lot less these days. I would like to write more, but the time to do so is rather less available. Because my 19-month old daughter has been occupying a…

Issues With Tissues (And Other Toiletries)

The world has gone mad and I, apparently, have joined them. For today I visited no less than nine supermarkets in a bid to get supplies for the seemingly inevitable period of self-isolation that awaits me. I have no symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of writing, and indeed know of no-one personally who does.…

Fin de Saucisson

We’re now in the last week of February 2020 and I have clearly missed my goal of making sure I post something on this blog every Monday. By failing to write anything at all this month. Until today. Then again, the ‘posting every Monday pledge’ was when I was still subject to EU regulations, whereas…

Most Melancholic Monday

Today is Blue Monday and therefore officially the most depressing day of the year. This is based on actual scientific fact and not a slap in the face to those people who are actively campaigning to raise the profile and reduce the stigma of mental health. I actually wasn’t feeling that bad when I woke…

Xmas Epilogue or Yuletide Eulogy

Today is January 6th and by any definition Christmas is now over. Except for all the masses of chocolate, wine and beer that appear to be in plentiful supply chez moi. This surplus is partly due to the fact that I was, for much of the festive period, quite unwell and indeed on medication, so…

So You Say You Want A Resolution…

Ah 2020. What a year. I mean it’s obviously only just begun, but I have a feeling that 2020 will be a year like no other. Call it 2020 foresight if you will, but I predict that the year to come will be one that changes everything. But obviously not in a good way. There…

Hoping For A Twixmas Miracle

As we’re roughly in the midpoint of that weird period between Christmas and New Year, known to some as Twixmas (and this is not because the only chocolates left in the mostly-eaten tub of Celebrations at this point are the rubbish Twix ones), I thought I’d take some time to reflect on the festive period…

The Fifth Annual Christmas Message from James Proclaims

Merry Christmas! Yes it’s the big day once again and everyone everywhere is making merry! Except for those that aren’t. Which is probably quite a few people. But let’s not trouble our consciences thinking of those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s Christmas for goodness sake! If ever there was a day for reckless self-indulgence then…