This next snippet is another example of using a semicolon to explain a statement.
Notice how the explanation is kept short and punchy.
What the reporter wrote influenced what people thought about and talked about the next day; he knew what was really going on.
What Randy wrote on Facebook got nearly all the Erinsborough parents angry; they thought he was being mean.
Whenever the principal visited the classroom, kids shut up and got straight to work; everyone was terrified of the man.
His sidewalk paintings brought tourists from as far as Kensington and Manly; they were famous for their beauty.