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Archive for July 4th, 2008

Perhaps overcome at the celebrations our brothers and sister from America are enjoying this day – but, being honest, mildly over refreshed with the quite excellent Rioja I am consuming with enthusiasm… I have taken the theme of Independence to heart this day. Earlier, I posted  a short piece on “Cry Freedom – say NO to awards”. (Infra)  To this I add a short speech… I shall call it “A declaration of Independence”… nothing pretentious, nothing trite… a simple statement.

4th July:  10.30 pm – A Declaration of Independence

Listen to the speech in gloriously British technicolour with excellent music.

(I was wearing a dinner jacket, of course)

Nearly Legal on Twitter said he was up for mounting barricades.  As he suggested… let the rallying cry be “Obscure but Free” !

Excellent… I’m having another glass.  Have a good weekend.

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4th July US Independence Day

You have to hand it to Geeklawyer. Recovering after Glasto he produces a Blawg Review, best called a “Mother****** of a Blawg Review”,  and then starts popping videos all over the place.

I commend all three to you: Blawg Review 166Ruthie at Glasto – and you just have to watch the first video to see the hoodie – and | A very funny video where the Yanks hit back.

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Not that any industry magazine is proposing an award for UK Blawgs…. but I thought, given that it is a bit quiet on a Friday afternoon, that I would  crack open a bottle of Rioja and see if anyone may be interested in joining a protest movement to stop industry magazines having an award competition and ceremony for UK BLAWGING.

My thoughts on this were prompted when I saw a post on Twitter about a magazine giving awards to blawgs in another sector. The thought of industry magazines giving awards to UK Blawgs is preposterous…and given the nature of some, a positively dangerous thing to do – mercifully.

But… we must be on our guard lest mammon be tempted, lest the lure of lucre in the form of hits distorts our minds, fuels our lust for glory, our greed, our venality.  Let us make do with Google ads, as Geeklawyer does,… let us march now… to dissuade with persuasion and then, if that should fail… let us take to the barricades of intellectual freedom, purity and dignity etc etc.

I say only this to my fellow bloggers (With quite a lot of help from Shakespeare and Churchill)  as we are about to gather in a London pub to have our conference later this summer:

Once more unto the breach, dear blawgers, once more.  Or close the wall up with our blogging dead.  In peace there’s nothing so becomes a blogger as modest stillness and humility…. BUT when the blast of industry mammon blows in our ears… Then imitate the action of the tiger.

I have, myself, full confidence that if all blawgers do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made for a meeting in a London pub in August, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island blawging, to ride out the storm of corporate vanity, and to outlive the menace of legal mammon, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips… straining upon the start:  The game’s afoot.  Follow your spirit, and upon this charge…. CRY God for Blawging, Purity and Insanity.”

We stand at the barricades… united… burning bras…  [L0-fi reminded me about this bit of protest etiquette: See Comment section].

Exeunt.  Alarum and off to crack a bottle open.

Any takers?… or should we just write to The Lawyer and Legal Week and see if they would like to set up a UK Blawgs Awards Competition and we can all get pissed in dinner jackets and / or fancy frocks at their expense on awards night?

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4th July: Daily legal news and podcast now up on Insitelaw magazine.

Happy Independence Day to US readers!

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