Archive for November 7th, 2006

Having survived injury after a motorcycle crash, fairly long hours of work and other stresses of a non-work nature in recent weeks, it is particularly tedious to be sitting here wrapped in a dressing gown sweating and with a muzzy head caused by flu. Yes… there is a lot of it about!  Why does everyone say that? I tried a thai green curry and a glass of Rioja to sweat the flu out.  Didn’t work – but I just can’t lie down and do nothing – but nor will my brain work properly on work matters.

So here is Geek-a-cycle. Use this exercise bicycle while you are at work. There is nothing to prevent you from continuing to exercise every day. While you work, you pedal.  I won’t be buying one.  I have enough problems with typos without trying to type while cycling furiously.

The 90/10 principle

I was reading an article about stress the other day.  The principle is quite interesting: 10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react.  The article is worth a read.

Author Steven Covey gives some examples.  Sitting in here with malaria (Yes… I’ve upgraded it from flu to a Business Class malady)  my mind turned to other things….

A toilet which flushes to the sound of Italy’s national anthem has been impounded by police in northern Italy, sparking great patriotic debate. BBC Story

Italian Police are looking into it but believe, by lifting the lid on this, it may go all the way to the seat of government. Local Police hope to be flushed with success after bringing a successful prosecution.

Yes… quite… I am now moving towards a delusional state…

If you were a teenager…what would you rather do?

(a) get sick-drunk on WKD Red Mist, or

(b) buzz around on Vespas and spend chaste evenings spooning froth off your cappuccino.

Well… this was the basis of an article in the Times on the difference between British teenagers and their European counterparts.  It was quite an intersting article and worth a quick read.

Here is a quote: “And like it or not, we prefer alcohol to food, drunken hilarity to dainty tapas-nibbling. Stupid, youthful, public debauchery has been the British release valve of every social class for generations: from this year’s bridge-jumping Oxford May-ballers way back to my Doncaster peers throwing up snakebite behind the youth club disco. Binge-drinking does not signify a decline in British culture. It is our culture, a national rite of passage. Cautioning restraint and crossing our fingers is all we can do through our children’s danger years. “

JUDGES occasionally contemplate throttling the evil or unreasonable people (lawyers as well as litigants) who appear in their courtrooms. But they normally resist such a temptation. In an extraordinary case decided just over a month ago, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct had to decide whether a judge who lost his temper should also lose his job. A most interesting story from David Pannick QC in The Times

Briefly:  Judge loses patience with defendant who wanted to sack his public defender and then expressed the view that the hearing was illegal.  Instead of a measured response – the judge takes off his robe, leaves the courtroom and returns.  the judge goes up to the defendant and says ” “You want a piece of me?” Police usher defendant out of the court.  Judge tries to follow but is blocked by another police officer.

I have some sympathy for the judge.  Court rage?

More and more barristers are leaving chambers for solicitors’ firms

A DECADE ago the idea of a barrister joining a firm of solicitors sounded faintly ridiculous. Wearing a wig and gown around Lincoln’s Inn showed distinction; the Bar was the cream of the legal profession.

Times Story 

A bit of a mixed bag… I am now contemplating a glass of Lemsip – but, maybe, a glass of Rioja would be better on the kill or cure principle?  No… I don’t want a ‘hot toddy’…. the universal remedy… can’t stand whisky – which is a bit unfortunate for a Scot.

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A potential conflict of interest….?

As the loans for peerages matter draws ever closer to No 10 – it is clear that The attorney general may have the invidious task of having to make a decision on a potential prosecution of fellow politicans. It may, of course, not come to that – but if it does, surely the A-G will have to stand aside?

Shadow attorney general, Dominic Grieve, is reported in the Guardian, today, as saying: “I very much hope that in this case the attorney general recognises that if there was any question of a prosecution of a senior Labour politician that he stand aside,” he said.

There is, of course, a precedent, as noted in The Guardian.: “Sam Silkin, the Labour attorney general, withdrew from playing any part in the decision whether to prosecute Jeremy Thorpe, the former Liberal leader who was charged with murder and conspiracy to murder….

It would be a relatively straightforward matter, would it not, to appoint external counsel to advise?

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