Archive for October 27th, 2007

Saturday Review 27/10…

Today is Saturday. The clocks go back at 2.00 am. I’ve decided to trial a “Saturday Review” with various elements containing the real, the surreal, the bizarre and something for readers to do, should they wish to do them. It may work. It may not. We shall see.

Let me start with the truly bizarre: A man has been convicted of having sex with a bicycle. (Telegraph) This is bizarre. He is, however, not the first man to be convicted of a sexual offence involving an inanimate object. As The Telegraph reports: “Karl Watkins, an electrician, was jailed for having sex with pavements in Redditch, Worcs, in 1993.”

Mind you, I find it rather bizarre that The Telegraph, a relatively serious newspaper, should wish to cover such a story!

“We were told that this son of the manse would tell us straight. He wouldn’t sweeten the medicine. If we were fucked, he’d tell us we were fucked. No more spin, no more politicking, no more lying, no more mendacious behaviour, no more speeches about nothing, no more consulting everyone about nothing.” So who is Reactionary Snob, Edinburgh advocate and blawger, talking about? Gordon Brown. As ever, direct and to the point, RS examines Gordon Brown’s independence from Tony Blair and puts proposals to increase the time that terrorist suspects can be held without charge from 28 days to 56 to the sword of libertarian anger.

Geeklawyer reports (of the UK Blawgers binge drinking festival last Monday night): “Well. Heavens, that was disappointing. In the end only Ruthie Geeklawyer and the blogger who was formerly Pupilblogger turned up. And Harry Metcalfe, but he isn’t a lawyer and so doesn’t really matter.”

Binary Law wants to feed the five thousand and picks up on Lo-fi’s complaint that law publishers aren’t playing ball with RSS feeds. John Bolch over at Family Lore has a very smart new format for his informative blog on Family Law issues. Nearly Legal rants about Pipex and notes the six weeks it took the CPS to decide that the picture seized by Northern Plod was still not indecent six years after first being judged not indecent. Justin Patten at Human Law asks: Do you want to make the 1st offer in a negotiation?

So what are What About Clients? up to? Good to see that J Dan Hull is as busy as ever and has started to list reviews on his blawg: Geeklawyer describes Dan as “…a depraved evil sociopathic neocon…beast pretending he loves his clients merely to get into their wallets.”

WAC? covers the California fires:

California burning: “If your fax machine rings, your house is still there”.

The Bar Council Blog covers two important issues: Do we need juries? and the launch of the ‘Bar Quality Advisory Panel’ (BQAP) on 15th October 2007. By contrast… Staying at home didn’t work out well on Monday – for Suzie Law School.

Amusingly, Legal Lass, a BVC student, is told by her lecturer in a practical exercise class: “dumb it down a bit – remember your playing the “Idiot” solicitor…” – Excellent nonsense. The post is amusing and well worth a read.

I discovered the word ‘Bloviator’ in The Times Today and rather liked the word. The origin of the word is debated but an article in The New York Times provides an answer: ”To orate pompously.”

I am going to be on the look out for bloviators and bloviating. If you come across any bloviators bloviating in your travels, please feel feel to post in the comments section!

The SUN reports: A PUB landlord faces legal action after customers’ cigarette smoke drifted into a neighbour’s garden. Jeff Castledine was told his regulars’ outdoor puffing contaminates the “natural smell of fresh air”. Now, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, he has been warned council officers will monitor his beer garden to “determine if odour nuisances are being caused

Private Eye’s Coleman Balls reports that Andrew Flintoff is to see a joint specialist in Amsterdam. Newsreader Radio 5 Live

I know it is Halloween… but the advice given by the government to ‘young men’ who booze too much that they ‘might wake up beside an ugly woman’ is just idiotic. The Mirror carries the story. The government also tells these young pissheads (who may well be too pissed to read the leaflet) that “Over time, heavy drinking can lead to impotency, smaller genitals and a lower sperm count.” The leaflet is part of a Government drive to stop binge-drinking. But Lib Dem equality spokeswoman Jo Swinson called it “ridiculous”. She said: “This is what happens when civil servants in Whitehall try to write in a way which they know nothing about.”

Apparently the government wanted to communicate with young pissheads in a language they would understand. I shall bear this advice in mind when I go out for a bit of wine tasting later.

Lawyers may well appreciate this fact: There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, ‘therein’ the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

And here is something I did not know until I found out today: To ‘testify’ was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

Well.. I think this may well be enough for this review… but I leave you with this question: What is the longest one-syllable word in the English language?



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