Archive for June 10th, 2008

Thought for today….

Not even Christ needed 42 days.

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George has just talked to one of the analysts at work in The City. He calls his wife Caroline who is at home. Caroline went out to a very long lunch the day before and is sleeping in. Her Mother stayed over and is looking after the chidren.

Ring… ring…. ring…. ring…

Caroline: Hello.

George: Caroline… hi… how are you?… good lunch? I got in a bit late I’m afraid so slept in the spare room so as not to wake you.

Caroline: Hello… George… I’m still a bit sleepy…

George: One of our people has just sent around a memo. There is a petrol strike on Friday. Can you get over to the filling station in both cars this morning and also buy some plastic containers and buy as much petrol as you can? Homebase or B&Q should have some and buy a couple of garden water butts as well… that way we can build up a decent stock of petrol

Caroline: Why?

George is hyperventilating slightly as he responds to this.

George: Because there’s going to be a shortage and I don’t want to run out of petrol, darling….

Caroline: George… this is silly. I’ve just been listening to the news. The strike is for four days, the government has said there is no need to panic buy…

George: Caroline… this government would tell you it is 1997 if they thought they could away with it. Please just get some petrol. If you can’t handle this, I’ll ring an employment agency, hire some guy for the day and get him to do it.

Caroline: That’s a good idea, darling… why don’t you do that? I want to give Mum a treat for looking after the kids yesterday and last night.

George: OK… OK. I’ll get onto it. I’ll get back to you.



Caroline got up, slipped on a kimono and went downstairs. The children were watching a video on DVD with tractors in it. Caroline’s mother, Saskia, was reading The Telegraph and drinking a latte. She looks up as Caroline comes into the kitchen.

Saskia: Hello darling…. good night?

Caroline kisses her mother on the cheek, says good morning and wanders over to the Aga to pour some coffee.

Caroline: George says there is going to be a petrol strike and is sending some guy over to fill up the cars, buy petrol containers and water butts and stockpile petrol in the garden.

Saskia: Do you think that is wise?…. storing petrol in the garden?…. It isn’t that long ago that he set fire to the shed and burned down part of your garden at the barbecue……

The two women burst out laughing. Caroline sat down and sipped her coffee.

Saskia: So how was your lunch with your ex-boss?… going back to work?

Caroline: Mmmmm … it was good… very good.

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On the move…

Family Law blogger seeks new pastures…
John Bolch, the prolific author of leading family law blog, Family Lore, is on the move. As he says: ” I am now officially seeking new employment. So, if you’re looking to employ an experienced family law hack, then I could be your man.”

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A sign for our times?….

My very good friend from another land sent this through to me about ten minutes ago. Given the fascination of the present government for dodgy logos – this one may well be appropriate.

Normal service on the blog should be resuming tonight… possibly!

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Daily news podcast and news up on Insitelaw newswire

Experminenting with the format of the Insitelaw newswire – I am covering the law based posts from blogs in more detail in each day, providing links.  The news podcast continues daily (as do links to News stories in the press).

I am starting to publish articles on the newswire – so if any blogger or reader wishes to contribute by providing an article or comment for Insitelaw newswire – gratefully received.

Daily news podcast and news up on Insitelaw newswire

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