Around the world in 80….

It has been some years since I was last at The Reform Club in Pall Mall. From memory, I am pretty sure I was over refreshed after an extended lunch with a CEO of a leading law school. Be that as it may – the memory of it came into my mind and prompted me to think of balloons and journeys.

Geeklawyer is off piste skiing in Europe. Justin Patten of Human Law is coming over for lunch on Monday to be interviewed for my second podcast. I plan to ask him perfectly sensible questions and then throw in a curve ball at the end. Anonymous Lawyer departs from his usual villainy to reflect, sensibly, on the tragic death of the Freshfields associate, Matthew Courtney. BabyBarista seems to have discovered that another barrister is running a sweatshop; using the services of pupils and underemployed barristers to do his work. Excellent.

Martin (Editor of Conflict of Laws) also has his own blog – Legal Scribbles et al. He also teaches Land Law at Birmingham. May god have mercy upon his soul. This week he considers property rights in space. I have seen this phenomenon with other land lawyers. They become addicted and property rights on earth cannot assuage their needs. I suspect it will not be long before F*xtons estate agents are on the Moon – hopefully not in my lifetime. It is bad enough seeing their badly driven Minis in West London. Chop-chop. I have a long memory. Here is Whistleblower again – on F*xtons.

Pupilblogger is not well. This does not trouble ‘The Master’ who still phones him to talk at length. NearlyLegal reflects on the uses of vanity and expresses some admiration for the stealth campaign mounted by BabyBarista in promoting his blog by posting comments on other people’s blogs. – excellent stuff. Might have to try this technique myself! (Nearly Legal: Agree…hate/amused by the term ‘blawg’ – which is why I use it. Post ironic?…neo-ironic…or just bollocks?)

Which brings me to the question: are any lawyers actually blogging about LAW?

Surprisingly – yes. John Bolch over at Family Lore informs us that marriage as an institution is on the decline – 10% reduction. Who cares? I have troubled the Superintendent of Births, Deaths and Marriages too many times. I have imposed an ASBO on myself. There will only be one further visit – to record my passing to Hades… a member of my family will ferry me across the Styx. Corporate BlawgUK considers ‘Pseudo-modernism, financial markets and Shariah Law.’ With the aid of a glass of Rioja – I enjoyed the post. Dan Hull, from the States, has a blog I visit and enjoy for the more serious stuff. This week he informs us about: “The Sacred, Immovable, No-Excuses Weekly Phone Call.” Legal Beagle asks their Lorships to give her a moment and Bystander JP at The Magistrate’s Blog, as ever, provides an entertaining insight into the world of criminal law: This week dealing with a proerty issues in criminal cases. Tim Kevan, at Barrister Blog, has an interesting piece on Fraud.

So…what is Charon up to?

Today I’ll be watching the rugby with a good friend of mine. He is Irish. Although I am a Scot – I support England (except when Scotland are playing). History will be made at Croke Park this afternoon. Wikipedia has a detailed view of the events of Bloody Sunday 21 November 1920 in Dublin. I suspect that I’ll be up for a few posts later… perhaps on other blogs?

I have introduced ‘Barrister A’ as a vehicle for my interest in the more bizarre activities of politicians. It may continue… but, it may not. Tomorrow I am at the King’s Head in Islington with a young money laundering lawyer to watch a show involving Sir John Mortimer QC. It will be strange to return to Islington. I lived there many years ago (1982) – shared a flat with a friend who is now an eminent Family Silk – good days. It did not look like Blackpool then. Inevitably, I spent far too much time at the King’s Head. Became very friendly with Bob and Charlie (Ex Roy Wood, Wizard – pianist and drummer – who always filled the place when they were playing.)

We shall meet again…on the field of battle. Cry God for Harry, St George and England…etc …

PS… have a go at my latest caption competiton (Infra – or scroll down if you don’t like a bit of latin in your life.) You could win a bottle of Vino – courtesy of Corney & Barrow.

11 thoughts on “Around the world in 80….

  1. Hey now, Charon, inter-galactic property rights may be a rather niche topic, but it’s still LAW…!

    Thanks for the round-up – off to visit some of those other blawgs.

  2. Grateful though I am for your kind comments, I did manage a couple or law and practice related posts in the last week, honest, and I’m slowly getting the energy together for another.

    And do I hear the sound of the pot besmirching the character of the kettle?

  3. One of the great pleasures of your blog, Nearly Legal, is that you do manage to discuss the law. I do not hold myself out as blogging on the law – although I try, at times, to shoehorn a bit in. Did enjoy your post about Vanity.

    Pot and kettles?… yes… absolutely ! I have no problem with that. One of the few benefits of being a figment of another’s imagination is that I am able to do as I please…. tomorrow, for example… I could be offered a peerage, perhaps I may even get an Oscar…It is a possibility (remote, I grant you) that I could be selected as a contestant on ‘You Say, we pay’ hosted by Richard & Judy (if it ever appears on UK TV again)

    I never know what will happen to me when I wake in the morning.

    One day I shall be free of my ‘creator’…that day is coming.


  4. Nearly Legal – you are, indeed, learned in many things.
    ‘Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore’

    I bid you goodnight…or, should I say buona notte


    PS… I am on Geeklawyer’s blog, at this very moment, – putting forward my defence to a ‘novel’ cause of action which he is formulating: To sue me in circumstances where – he had ‘broken a leg’ skiing after my expressing this wish to him in a blog.

    I worry sometimes…. about the tequila and grappa I drank as a younger man. It may well have affected the balance of my mind. Still…. there we are. At least I am not out, wearing a hoodie, causing Police officers to be concerned about my behaviour.

  5. Blog about law? God save us. What we enjoy is barristers and other learned types using their vast reservoir, of wit, education and bon homie, to keep us entertained. Anecdotes, pithy observation, scandal, this is the market. We can save the law for our consultancy work for corporate types. They like it. And pay well to recycle their self importance.

  6. I agree with your ‘Who cares?’ comment about the decline in the number of marriages. I was going to make the point in my post that the debate about the reasons for the decline is based largely upon the assumption that marriage is a ‘good thing’.

  7. John…. Thank you – the important thing is the relationship. For my own part – the less the State has to do with my personal life the better – and those who want marriage and who are able to make it work – it is still there for them to do so.

    I’m unlikely to need you professional advice (‘qua’ Family Lawyer) but I do enjoy your take on the law and, as a fellow smoker – I feel sure that we are both likely to have something to blog about come 6.00 am on the 1st July 2007!

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