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And…so…the time has come…

Midnight Friday 19 / Saturday 20 January

I gather that Jade was evicted while I was selflessly working on my laptop (see below) from The Bollo tonight. Good stuff. However… I have no further interest in these tawdry Channel 4 (with or without Carphone Warehouse) proceedings.

From tomorrow – I will return to asking why Police are questioning a Blair aide on the cash for peerages issue …wondering why Lord Goldsmith was pictured walking very quickly on a BBC News 24 clip which I saw earlier today (have we started another war while I have been at the Bollo tonight? – which is when we usually see pictures of Peter Goldsmith scurrying into Downing Street) and, to bring much needed perspective back to my life (and, possibly, the lives of others) I will almost certainly be having another caption competition. I must do my bit to calm our nation after the storms (weather – and those relating to the undermining of the entire British politico-economic system, and our future with India, by Jade Goody)

I’m pretty certain that Jade Goody can also be blamed for the recent rise in interest rates by The Bank of England. She may even, quite possibly, be held accountable for the fact that Little Britain was never very funny – but I may be going too far on this. It is, of course, a personal view which I express, when I say that I did not / do not find Little Britain funny. I believe that I am entitled to express a qualitatative opinion on the ‘amusingness’ or otherwise of a programme on British television – but if you feel differently – please feel free to phone OfCom or Gordon Brown (nothing like going to the ‘top man’) and have me evicted from the legal blogosphere. It will probably do me good.

Tomorrow… will be another day…

But if you really want to reflect on the impact of Big Brother and the interests of business.. you might like to read this BBC report

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Judgment…

On the assumption that Jade will be evicted from The Big Brother house tonight – television and the jackals of the fourth estate will be waiting, pens poised, to pass judgment on her ‘sins’ while in the house.

I lay in bed watching Question Time last night and listened as various politicians droned on about Big Brother. Edwina Currie, who made a complete arse of herself in Hell’s Kitchen, led the charge, relying on her considerable experience of reality television and public ridicule following the revelation of her affair with John Major. Frankly, the only person who made any sense at all to me was Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty, who expressed herself rationally and hoped that Jade would not face a witch hunt. I accept that I am prejudiced. I think she does a good job and is usually worth listening to on human rights issues.

So.. Channel 4 have cancelled the post-eviction ‘yob-mob’ and the evictee will be escorted by executives to the studio. If it is Jade, The Guardian tells us, she will be debriefed and given time to ‘come to terms’ with what she has done before facing the Press (who will be given the opportunity to bid for interviews ‘at a later date.’) It will be interesting to see how Jade – not gifted with the best of brain nor education – will cope with the fact that her behaviour has sparked questions in the House of Commons, resulted in an official protest from the Indian government, caused both the PM and The Chancellor to comment and is likely to result in her losing her entire career. Various shops have already withdrawn her perfume. Police have arranged a ‘safe house’. When Jade arrived in the House she declared that she was the”25th most influential person in the world” – she is probably, now, at least the 25th well known person in the world – for now – The People’s muppet. I fear that the tabloids will rip her to bits… but, of course, they have a ‘duty of care’ to their readers.

I still have no telephone nor internet connection after the storm. Thankfully, The Bollo has Wifi. We must overcome adversity!

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Wind blows me away….

I am at The Bollo. It is 3.30 in the afternoon. I am not drinking – I am using their Wifi to communicate with the world because high winds have blown a tree down which hit the front of my house / office, tearing all the telephone lines down and knocking my motorbike over. No-one was hurt – but I have to exit the building by jumping over a wall to my right. To the casual eye (and those who do not know that I run my private office from a house) I look like a burglar or looter – running away with a laptop in my hands! I cannot receive email or calls at the office and have had to set up a makeshift office at the pub in order to do so. Life can be hard. I thought of calling Channel 4 News to see if they wanted the story – but suspect that all their newshounds are busy trying to track down Channel 4 Big Brother executives to interview and are just too busy.

The good news is that the winds have given BT, the Council and all those other jobsworths in call centres a chance to be lofty with the British public and tell demented home and office owners that it may take weeks to repair all the telephone lines, tow trees away etc etc. I may have to stay at the pub the for the remainder of the day in case the winds return to strike again.

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Lord of the flies…

I am not the first to make the comparison between Celebrity Big Brother and Lord of the Flies by William Golding – a book which we were required to read at school. I looked the book up on the web and quote from the first paragraph of the first website I came across:

“Lord of the Flies is a thought-provoking novel authored by William Golding in 1954. The book describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric. Lord of the Flies commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery.

I understand that Ms Goody (pictured) is up for eviction tonight. The Mirror and other tabloids cover the story with their usual subtlety – here is a selection of statements by Ms Goody and her disciples to give you a flavour :

Extracts from The Mirror
“The bitterness inside the BB house intensified after Jade – who is up for eviction against Shilpa tomorrow – laid into the Bollywood star and accused her of lying about buying an Oxo cube.

She hissed: “I f***ing hate liars, don’t lie over something stupid.

“You’re not some princess in f***ing Neverland. You’re not some princess here. You’re a normal housemate like everybody else. Everybody else.

“Go back to the slums and find out what real life is about lady. “You’re so far up your own a**e you can smell your own s***. You’re a liar and a fake.”

Shilpa, 31, told 23-year-old Jade she needed elocution lessons, before fleeing to the bedroom.

Sniggering Danielle – who once fronted an anti-bullying campaign – said to Jade: “That was f***ing fantastic, I loved it. I think she should f*** off home.

“Does that mean I need elocution lessons because she can’t understand what I f***ing say? She can’t even speak English properly anyway.”

PR guru, Max Clifford, and other pundits have suggested that Jade Goody is going to have a very difficult time when she gets evicted and realises she has ruined her entire career and reputation. Channel 4 executives have, so far, declined to comment. Jon Snow, on Channel 4 News, told viewers. “We asked someone from Channel 4 to come on but they declined.” The Endamol chief has declined to comment.

Grotesque.

It is rare for me to extract a comment and place it in the main body. I do so here: This is from Corporate Blawg:
Grotesque and bizarrly fascinating. One hopes the careers of Jade and her droogs immediately reach cessation, and they dwell in the cess pool of celebrity they have created for themselves.

Besides the new television low that Jade has taken us, what about the extreme dignity and gentleness exhibited by Shilpa? Shilpa has demonstrated herself to be of such outstanding character (patience, tolerance, humility, kindness, humour, etc) that Corporate Blawg believes she is a walking exhibit of the greatest art form there is – the one we all aspire to achieve – the complete control and majesty of, and the celebration and raising of the human spirit.

For that alone, for the hope she inspires by her model, Corporate Blawg hopes that India awards her the Bharat Ratna for advancement of Art, Literature and Science.

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Celebrity Bigot Brother…

It is extraordinary that Gordon Brown, on an important trade delegation to India, is being asked ‘repeatedly’ about the racism and bullying of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty by Jade, Danielle and Jo who have ganged up on her.

The BBC carries the Story about questions in the House (Commons not the Big Brother House), Blair’s response and Gordon Brown’s problems with this here

I have seen the programme. I watched with mounting anger and distaste at Jade’s Mother refusing to address Shilpa by her name and referring to her as ‘the Indian’. I watched with disbelief, the behaviour of the three women and heard their nasty and unpleasant comments about her and, frankly, find it difficult to believe that these young women could hold racist attitudes towards the actress and effectively behave like playground bullies in real life, let alone on television. Big Brother may well be enjoying the ratings, the spectcular coverage. Keith Vaz MP is right to bring it up in the House. We should not tolerate this type of behaviour in Britain and, for my part, it is time for the producers of Big Brother to do something about it. I gather that some of Jade Goody’s sponsors are now considering withdrawing sponsorship. I hope they follow through.

Here is a website which picks up on all Big Brother news.

Breaking News!!

Doyen of UK legal blogging, Nick Holmes (Binary Law), has set up a Shilpa Shetty website as an act of selfless tribute which deserves my admiration. Here is the link to the post on Binary Law and, from thence (How often do you see old English used in this way?), to “Shilpa – The Tribute blog’

I have, of course, had to give a brief comment on this initiative! (which you may view, if you have too muh time on your hands, on the Binary Law blog.

More interesting is the fact that Nick Holmes watches Big Brother (or is aware of/or has been briefed/ or who has recently become aware of – from News reports) [That should take care of the legals?]

I have no difficulty in admitting that I have watched this programme – I do so as an act of research and for professional purposes only – naturally.

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Nearly legal…

I have just spent an interesting fifteen minutes looking at Nearly Legal’s blog – prompted by the fact that he (or someone coming via his blog) appears to have glanced at my blog in the dark hours of this, the morn of Sunday 14th January. (Blog stats)

He has two interesting posts: 1. Au Rebours – his response to being tagged by Geeklawyer on the meme (See below) and, 2. Blawgs, hurgh, what are they good for? which I particularly enjoyed. NearlyLegal considers a range of points in relation to blogging, why bloggers blog and reflects on the value of blogs.

Blogging amuses me, keeps me sane and, given that my blog will not be used as a source for those interested in scholarly legal analysis (although I am prepared to write on legal issues here which interest me) I hope my musings, ephemera and nonsense gives brief respite, for those who visit, from the rigours of the day and the law. Writing this blog also, on a Saturday night, has a remarkable effect of ensuring that I am rehydrated and vaguely sober by the time I hit my futon – although, occasionally, I may continue to sip reflectively from a glass filled with Rioja as I write.

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I was a grave digger…

The tag game which Justin Patten of Human Law drew my attention to by tagging me has been taken up by Binary Law, Family Lore, Pupil Blog and others. I was about to launch into a peroration about the fact that Geeklawyer had not participated in the tag game (I tagged him) – with an especially crafted aphorism – but then, decided to check his website. Geeklawyer has played the tag game and has tagged me again!… so I have to play again! [Please look at my blogroll if you want to look at the bloggers I tagged ]

Well… I have just returned from The Bollo, via The Swan – and was, in any event, going to spend a quiet half hour or so blogging – inspired by some linguine and a bit of Tempranillo (Monarchist wine, as a friend of mine calls it.)

So… rather than give you five more things you did not know about me – I have decided to focus on one thing you definitely did not know about me – and tell you, that when I was a law student, I financed my studies by working as a grave digger. I even took my spade to tutorials (on occasion) and went on, to the land of death and the final resting place, to dig graves when the tutor had finished giving of his or her wisdom.

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Charon, as many will know, was ‘The Ferryman of Hades’ who took the newly dead to Hades. I have taught Law (and been a law examiner) for many years and I thought it only appropriate, when considering an alter ego, to use the name ‘Charon’ (which I pronounce with a hard ‘C’ – like a ‘k’ – but, purists aside – I pronounce my own pseudonym as I choose.)

So… why did I become a gravedigger?, what was it like? and did it provide for me the foundation in life which I needed?

I became a grave digger because I needed a job to help fund my law degree. There weren’t any gastropubs then, so I became a crap waiter at an Angus Steak House. I sacked myself, knowing that it was only a matter of time before I was sacked. I have never liked wearing bow ties in any event. I’m sorry if any of you have a penchant for wearing bow ties – but there is something ‘of Las Vegas and a Cruise ship’ about men who wear bow ties routinely which I feel sure is an irrational prejudice of mine from having had to wear a bow tie when I was a crap waiter.)

The truth of the matter is that I was in a Yates’ Wine Lodge listening to jazz one night – after a tutorial on Re Vandervell – and, like those students who came after me – I needed a stiff drink after that Equity tutorial. I was poor and was drinking exceptionally cheap port. I have absolutely no idea how I found myself talking to the saxophonist in the band, telling him that I was a poor law student looking for a part-time job – but he told me that he had done some work as a gravedigger and that I should contact my local cemetery. I did. I was hired immediately. I was over 6ft – 190 lbs and extremely fit to army levels – having recently returned from somewhere other than England.

Digging graves is a bit more technical than simply bringing in a JCB and ripping up turf. (JCB diggers are used on new graves – or were in the cemetary I was assigned to) – but old graves and new graves in consecrated ground, or plots where a JCB could not be used, had to be dug by hand.

In a new grave – the depth is not ‘six foot under’ – it is closer to 12 feet. (It was in that cemetary.) It doesn’t take long – about half a day. I would start digging at 8.00 and take lunch at 12.00. I could not afford to go to a restaurant for lunch – so made my own ‘pack lunch’ – a brioche, some fine pate, a bit of sushi, grapes, exquisite french cheese and a bottle of Burgundy) [Reality: it was a cheese and tomato cob (roll) and a coke]. It was the long hot summer of 1976 and it was hot… very hot. I would sit at the bottom of the grave and eat my lunch – reading The Times and The Guardian. I had an hour to do so. On occasion, I would be visited by an elderly lady – charming woman of 74 (she told me), who spent many happy days wandering about the cemetery asking the diggers who was ‘going in’. The other diggers could be fairly brusque with her – but I liked her and would talk to her about art, news, politics – in fact, anything but death.

I enjoyed that job. Our ‘ganger’ was an irishman – a former road builder. He had a few missing teeth, enjoyed his whisky (which he drank throughout the day from a hip flask) and wore a black silk top hat – a gift from the local funeral company. He would raise it before digging a new grave and raise it and say a prayer before digging into a grave which already had bodies in it.

It was an interesting experience. I fell through an old coffin while digging a grave one day for a ‘newbie’. Police were called. White tent erected. Sexton involved. Pathologist attended. Police tape. When they were absolutely certain I was not a grave robber, I was allowed to proceed. The coffin lid had rotted and my weight, through the thin separation of soil between coffins, was too great.

There we are… I am glad to have had the opportunity to give you ‘one more thing’ you did not know about me. Geeklawyer: be sure… I will avenge being tagged again.

Forget serious blogging for a moment. It is Saturday night – and it is the midst of deep mid-winter. The serious law bloggers have Monday – Friday. The dark hours of the weekend are for ‘strangers in the night’ as Frankie used to sing.

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parcheggio perfetto…human idiocy..

Occasionally I like to remind myself that our species – apart from doing our best to destroy the planet, destroy each other and, not get on with anyone who we don’t know that well (I leave the British class system to one side tonight) – can behave in ways which defy comprehension. The legal profession, of course, understands this and leverages a degree of fee paying work accordingly.

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Tonight I returned from a most enjoyable evening out, after a fairly demanding week of work, to surf the net. I came across this driver – as it happens – an Italian woman, trying to park a car which was far too long to fit into the parking space. I watched the film all the way through and, as a biker (motor bike), I take a keen interest in the ability of other road users to control their chosen mode of transport. (Some of you may remember that I was seriously injured by a woman who drove into the back of me at speed while I was waiting to turn right at a junction)

A week ago I went to a meeting in Notting Hill. The film which I have linked to reminded me of the incident. I went on my motorbike. It was fairly early (9.30 am) – early enough for most drivers to be sober and late enough for those who had been drinking (heavily) the night before to think they were ‘safe’.

I saw a man in his mid to late twenties, using a mobile with his right hand, drinking a coffee in his left hand and steering a BMW with his knees. This was on the Goldhawk Road heading towards Shepherds Bush. He was doing approximately 20 mph – which is why I decided to pass him on the right. ( Filtering). Riding up past Holland Park to Notting Hill I saw a woman in a Range Rover veer across two lanes of traffic, unexpectedly, in front of a bus. The bus had to brake quickly. I could see that she, too, was on a mobile phone and had a fairly limited interest in other road users. I have given up flicking ‘V’ signs at motorists who drive like prats – simply because they then get angry and drive even more badly.

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I made ‘good progress’ (bikers will know the meaning of this) past Holland Park towards Notting Hill and, just as I thought it was safe to filter past a line of slow moving traffic, a London ‘Cabbie’ (Taxi driver – for our overseas viewers) decided that he would pull into the lane I was in and nearly knocked me off. I decided that I had had enough. The traffic was moving very slowly and, when the lights turned red, I positioned my bike in front of his cab, turned the ignition off, dismounted and went over to him. I was polite and measured and asked to see his cab driver’s licence. I don’t look like a police officer in my bike kit (or at all). My bike does not have police lights… so no offence of impersonating a police officer was being committed. The ‘Cabbie’ looked a bit shocked. Interestingly, his passenger volunteered the following: “I saw him pull out on you… are you OK?” I thanked the passenger (He may have been a personal injury lawyer – I did not ask) and said that I was, indeed, OK.

I explained to the Cabbie that I did not expect to be run down in Holland Park by one of our ‘salt of the earth, rich, ‘hansom cabbies’, resisting the urge to share some of our more colourful anglo-saxon words with him. I was expecting the usual ‘verbals’ – but the driver smiled and apologised, adding that he was a fellow biker, and should have been looking for a bike!. My irritation disappeared immediately – partly because it is unusual to get any form of apology from a cabbie and, of course, partly because he told me he was a biker. Took the wind out of my sails. What could I say? I wanted to use the old police cliche ‘mind how you go’ – but, had to laugh and went on my way. I appear to be becoming more militant as I get older – but obstreperous may be a better word for my condition.

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Been tagged!….

I popped onto Justin Patten’s Human Law blog to find that I had been tagged!

5 things you didn’t know about me

I have now been tagged by Justin Patten of Human Law with the latest memtag to do the round over the blogosphere namely 5 things you didn’t know about me.

Mine are:

1. Have a curious belief that I may have lived before as a Roman general. It does no-one any harm that I should believe this – and keeps me amused.

2. I went to school with the Lord Chancellor. I would hasten to add that he is two years older than me and I do not know him.

3. I used to do a range of martial arts : Kendo / Karate

4. I am a frustrated surgeon. I wanted to be a Surgeon as a child – but, given the amount of Rioja and other red wine which I enjoy it is probably just as well that I did not pursue that line of work.

5. I only sleep for 4 hours a night

Talking to Justin – I think the idea is that we are supposed to tag 5 other people and they in turn write 5 things about themselves…..

So here goes…, I tag Geeklawyer, Binary Law, Pupil Blog, Tim Kevan’s Blog, (John Bolch) Family Lore

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Cliches…

I found this news report on the net.  It is riddled with cliches – I’d be very interested if you can find a few other examples from the UK press.

Ken Starr, who is spearheading the campaign to get the President,
says he’ll leave no stone unturned in his intensive investigation
to discover the true facts behind the latest sworn affidavit.

Taking leave from his prestigious law firm job, Starr has left
gentle hints that so far we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.
He paints a grim picture of the the red-faced pillar of society
who has tried to sweep the facts under the rug.

Both sides have unleashed a storm of protest in the ongoing battle
for the reins of government. But defenders are few and far between
for the disgraced and dishonored President, who aides say is
nervous and distraught.

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I saw this on Geeklawyer’s blog….

From the Geeklawyer blog (here): “Exeter University Student Union has banned the Exeter University Evangelical Christian Union from using guild premises and frozen its bank account on the grounds that the Christian Union discriminates against non-Christians, by requiring people who join to make a declaration of Christian faith. The Christian Union has now mounted a High Court action against the University on the grounds of infringement of their members rights to freedom of speech, belief and association.

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5-0 whitewash, The Ashes and sledging…

The Australians hammered us and now the men in suits will convene to review Team England and try to come up with a plausible explanation as to how we went from Ashes winners in 2005 to also rans in 2006/07. Experts have said it all – but having seen much of the coverage of all five tests (the benefit of needing only 3-4 hours sleep are few, but this was one of them) I did see some excellent cricket being played by England – but not enough of it. We were outplayed – comprehensively. The Australians played superb and entertaining cricket.

So… to sledging. Banter by fielders when the opposing batsmen are at the crease is a part of the game at test level. It is a pity that viewers cannot hear it and have to rely on commentators to inform us.

Here is a selection which appeared in The Sun yesterday:

“I’ll bowl you a F*****g piano, you pommie p**f. Let’s see if you can play that.”
Merv Hughes to England opener Michael Atherton.

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“Mate, if you just turn the bat over you’ll find the instructions on the other side.”
Hughes to Robin Smith, Graeme Hick and just about every other England batsman who ever faced him.

Question: “Why are you fat?”
Answer: “Because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

Zimbabwe’s Eddo Brandes gives Glen McGrath a taste of his own medicine

“So how’s your wife and my kids?”
Aussie wicket keeper Rod marsh welcomes Ian Botham to the crease.

“Can I borrow your brain? I’m building an idiot.”
Aussie fan to England spinner Phil Tufnell

Well… on to The Ashes 2009!

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Caption Competition January 007

Yes… I know you might groan – but I thought these Bee Gees lyrics were most appropriate.

Have a go at the latest caption competiton. The Prize: A very good bottle of Rioja… which I’ll send to you – so you can drink Rioja while reading my blawg and see how many typos you can find.

UK residents only – can’t encourage people from non binge drinking cultures to follow our ways – actually, more a matter of logistics.

Non UK Residents – I’ll give you something from LAWinaBOX – a set of lectures or a full Study pack from our range: LAWinaBOX

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Some (many) years ago I dabbled with Kendo and enjoyed it. I was reasonably proficient. The then Mrs C was not, however, too enamoured of my habit of slicing pineapples or apples with a Samurai sword at dinner parties and was appalled when a friend of mine threw a pineapple into the air. I hit the pineapple with the sword – it was, unfortunately, not a clean cut and pineapple and juice went everywhere. I was younger then. I don’t do these things any more.

However… I have opened a bottle of champagne with a sword – here is how to perform The Noble Art of Sabrage

I do think lawyers should have a few unusual skills up their sleeves – if only to entertain the instructing solicitor at ‘difficult moments.’ I take no responsibility whatsoever if you are inspired to buy a sword and try this at home.

I did like the writer’s caveat:

Caveat: Based on my experiences, some bottles don’t sabrage as well as others. For example, Chandon (CA brand) has been a disaster…the glass is too fine. Also, the Roederer Estate brands don’t sabrage well. And avoid brands with “plastic” corks, whenever possible, although I have sabraged many and they work. Korbel and all brands of French Champagne work very well (thicker glass) as does Methode Champenoise types like Asti Spumante, Cava, etc.

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Lights…camera… action!….

Trial by television “was back in the news this week when the new chairman of the Bar told the Today programme that journalists covering cases like the recent murders of five women in Ipswich should exercise “some kind of restraint” when writing about suspects.” The Telegraph

But…as The Telegraph reports:

Geoffrey Vos, QC, is much more interested in trial by telephone. It was an interesting story and Vos is not advocating that entire trials should be done over the phone – just brief hearings merely to confirm that a case is ready for trial or to agree an adjournment.

“It’s astonishing to me that two barristers and a judge can’t get on the telephone to resolve a simple issue rather than everybody trotting out to Hemel Hempstead or Chester or wherever to have a hearing,” Vos tells the Telegraph reporter.

The detail is in the story – but I particularly liked his comment on advocacy and presenting a case… “Having been doing this for many years, my experience leads me to believe this is quite simple,” he says with a wry smile. “You normally start at the beginning, go through to the middle and end at the end.”

Worth reading the full story for his comments on advocacy.

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The Winner of the Christmas Caption Competiton is….

There were a good many responses – the usual high quality – but, as always, there has to be only one winner (It was the Haliburton bit which caught my fancy! Surreal)

“Whats next? George and I intend to be married and sit on the board of Haliburton.

Comment by John — Tuesday, December 19, 2006″

Lunch – a brief affair but the Liver and Mash is back. Not much in the tabloids – but I did come across this from Sun columnist ‘The Whip’:

“Two sales assistants in one of the Ottakers bookshops were overheard talking about the window display: “Put the two Trollopes in the window.” “The two Trollopes?” “Yes – Joanna and Jordan.”

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Pleased to get a mention…

Always pleasing to get a mention on blogs or blog reviews. I appear to have popped up on the latest Blawg Review 89 as a mention for lawyers in the UK with a sense of humour – thanks to Justin Patten at Human law who has just won the Best British Law Blog award – well done, Justin. No chance of Charon winning that – as I don’t appear to have much law in my blawg!

While we are at it – Geeklawyer is interested in organising a conference for British Law bloggers – which is a good idea. Happy to help where I can – if only to hand the biscuits around!

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Pronunciation of the English language…

I rather like this: The Chaos

Those who are not native speakers of English (and let us, tonight, include the Australians – simply because they are winning the cricket) may be baffled, at times, by English – but you should hear how we speak and pronounce it in different parts of the country! I am not stupid enough to identify any particular part of Britain.

I quote a few verses the full version of The Chaos is well worth reading. Clever –  in fact, brilliant.

The Chaos
by Gerard Nolst Trenité

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.

I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear;
Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.

Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
Just compare heart, hear and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word.

Sword and sward, retain and Britain
(Mind the latter how it’s written).
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say—said, pay—paid, laid but plaid.

Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak,

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Britain not ready yet to embrace concepts of continental style drinking according to UK Government.

It was almost inevitable on this day to have another government statement on drinking.. and here it is: “Britons are incapable of emulating the European drinking culture because they “enjoy getting drunk,” Labour party chairman Hazel Blears has said.
She told the Sunday Times people enjoyed “risk-taking” and “want to push the limits of danger”.
BBC story

She added that “maybe it’s our Anglo-Saxon mentality” and that there were no “easy answers”. 

I do not have a hangover (rarely do, fortunately) but if you are not so fortunate this morning – here is RUpissed? which may be of some help.

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More perils of blogging…

WASHINGTON – When Robert Steinbuch discovered his girlfriend had discussed intimate details about their sex life in her online diary, the Capitol Hill staffer didn’t just get mad. He got a lawyer. Story

Maybe it was the ‘Lurid testimony about spanking, handcuffs and prostitution’ but it certainly irritated Steinbuch enough to bring a case.  The issue is whether there is a duty to keep other people’s private lives private. Given that the laws of defamation apply just as much on the net as they do to other forms of communication – this case could well be important for those who blog about their lives or who post videos to the net on YouTube and MySpace and disclose private information about others.

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