The Obligatory New Year’s Eve Review Of The Year That Was

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Last year I wrote a review of 2015 on the 31st December so it seems only fitting that I review 2016 today.

Except that I’d rather not.

It seems to be universally accepted that 2016 was a bit of a rubbish year all around.

Not for everyone obviously – some people might well be thinking that 2016 was quite good.

If you’re British and you hate immigrants then you might be feeling like 2016 was a pretty good year, what with Brexit and all that. Obviously 2017 is going to be a bummer for you when you realise that Brexit isn’t going to deliver on any of the things you thought you were voting for. Then again it might take until 2019 or even 2020 for you to work that out.

But thanks to Brexit, us Brits can pretty much write off 2017 before it even begins. Continue reading The Obligatory New Year’s Eve Review Of The Year That Was

James Reviews The Rio Games From The Comfort Of His Sofa

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As I write this I’m half aware of some brightly coloured fruit and vegetables dancing in front of me. I’ve checked the ingredients of the M&S “Spirit of Summer” Cocoa and Pecan fudge that I’m currently snacking on (a welcome and undeserved gift from Mrs Proclaims who just returned from the afore-mentioned M&S), to see if there are any known hallucinogens therein. Seemingly there are not.

On closer reflection, the ‘dancing produce’ seem to be part of the closing ceremony for the Olympic Games. It appears that I’m watching the repeat of last night’s coverage on BBC2.

I don’t really know why I’m watching it. I’ve never been a fan of opening and closing ceremonies. Four years ago Mrs Proclaims and I did watch the 2012 closing ceremony on the TV, but mostly because of the huge emotional investment we put into those particular Games. Continue reading James Reviews The Rio Games From The Comfort Of His Sofa

James Reviews ‘The Rentokil Advanced Fly Trap Window Sticker’

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There are no flies on me.

Literally.

There were yesterday though.

It’s unseasonably hot in the UK at the moment.

I mean it’s summer so I suppose it is actually ‘seasonably’ hot but no-one really expects nice weather in Britain at any time of year and British summers are notorious for being miserable and wet.

So the fact that the sun is shining, and has been for some weeks now, must surely be regarded as ‘unseasonable’.

Or at the very least ‘unseasonably seasonable’. Continue reading James Reviews ‘The Rentokil Advanced Fly Trap Window Sticker’

James Reviews 2015, Just In Case Nobody Else Remembered To Do It

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Well it’s the last day of 2015 and that calls for some kind of review of the events of the past 12 months. I’m probably the only blogger that’s even thought of doing this. It’s a pretty original and exciting idea is it not? Continue reading James Reviews 2015, Just In Case Nobody Else Remembered To Do It

James Reviews the 2015 Marks and Spencer Chocolate Advent Calendar

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Every year, without fail, my mum buys me a chocolate advent calendar. I would genuinely be upset if she didn’t. Yes I’m 36 years old but frankly if it’s wrong to have a chocolate advent calendar in your mid-thirties then I’m not sure I want to be right. Continue reading James Reviews the 2015 Marks and Spencer Chocolate Advent Calendar

James Reviews James Proclaims

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I haven’t written a ‘James Reviews’ for a while. The original concept was that I’d write reviews about stuff that no-one really needs, or at least stuff no-one really needs a review of. Obviously everyone should own drumstick pencils and a Jedi dressing gown.

But the trouble is that there’s only so often you can make the same joke before, well you’re really just making the same joke.

So I’ve been resting the concept for a while.

I thought I might revive it though because I’m currently attempting NaBloPoMo and I’m finding it hard to think of ideas of stuff to write about every day. Continue reading James Reviews James Proclaims

James Reviews Sudoku Themed Toilet Paper

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What do you get the man who has everything?

Probably not Sudoku Loo Roll. He’ll already have some if he’s got everything and no-one needs two rolls of Sudoku themed toilet paper.

But if you’re trying to buy a gift for the man who never really wants anything, then Sudoku Loo Roll could well be a winner.

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James Reviews a 16kg kettlebell

If like me, you have a track record of buying home fitness equipment and not really using it, then this 16kg kettlebell is just what you’ve been looking for.

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Unlike that enormous weights bench, which sat in your parents’ garage long after you left home, this kettlebell is relatively easy to transport. A cautionary note, it does weigh 16kg, which is quite heavy if you’re travelling on public transport, but it will fit easily into the smallest of cars, which means that relocation shouldn’t stop you from keeping (and not using) your kettlebell forever. Continue reading James Reviews a 16kg kettlebell

James Reviews The Tesco Hudl Replacment Charge Board Port Socket Micro USB Port

If, like me, you realised about a year ago that this whole ‘iPad’ malarkey wasn’t just a fad and that maybe technology was starting to get away from you, then you too may have rushed in a mild state of panic, to your nearest Tesco, in order to rectify the situation.

Obviously not to buy an actual iPad – that would have been mental. Have you seen how much they cost? No, the supermarket ‘own-brand’ equivalent is more than good enough. It’s a thrifty and savvy purchase. Continue reading James Reviews The Tesco Hudl Replacment Charge Board Port Socket Micro USB Port

James Reviews – Fifty plastic money bags

Do you get really stressed when you’re at the checkout, and always pay with a note, even when you’ve got the exact change in your pocket?

Then these plastic money bags are absolutely essential!

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Because inevitably you’re going to have lots of loose change lying around.

And that can be annoying. Continue reading James Reviews – Fifty plastic money bags