New Year’s Eve…

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
a stately pleasure-dome decree,
where Alph, the sacred river, ran
through caverns measureless to man
down to a sunless sea,
so twice five miles of fertile ground
with walls and towers were girdled round.
and there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
where blossom’d many an incense-bearing tree.
And here were forests as ancient as the hills,
enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

The famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge has been (and still is) interpreted in many different ways – but it has been in my life since my schooldays; the meaning developing, the pleasure it brings changing – and I thought of it tonight, the last night of a strange year, a year I am glad to see pass into time.

Have a good New Year…. I am staying in tonight at The Staterooms – a bottle of Rioja is open and I have poured a glass. I am listening to Verdi and see no need to go out 🙂

I may return for a final post this year… but I am composing for the 7th January. At the moment I have cannon to the right and cannon to the left and a lot of horses riding towards destiny. Seemed a good metaphor tonight. Whether it will survive the cold January light…. for publication on the 7th… who knows?

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Have a good 2008.

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And… no… I haven’t been hitting the juice. (It does make sense…. eventually) No prize… but what am I saying? Any budding Bonds…. Spooks out there?

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PS… I have also managed to place myself on The Blawg Review World Map…. unfortunately… I managed to type “Charoron QC” – but maybe that is appropriate this evening. Hopefully it can be edited!

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Saturday Review: Corruption free New Year Honours edition…

I survived the night after my bout of bird ‘flu and walked down to the Hothouse Cafe for espresso and a read of the papers. This morning it was – The Mirror and The Independent. It was still dark, but it usually is at this time of year when I go for breakfast.

A quick check through the 2007 Honours list confirmed my worst suspicions… that all the fuss earlier in the year about “Cash for Honours” has meant that there will be no visit to the Palace, there will be no “Arise, Sir Charon” moment this year …. but, as we say down at The Bollo… each time we raise a fresh glass and toast the government binge-drinking watchdogs… honi soit qui mal y pense… (Old French: shame upon him who thinks evil of it)

I still like the response by Keith Richard when Sir Mick Jagger got his knighthood: “I’m not going on stage with someone wearing a coronet and ermine”… or words to that effect. It is, of course, quite possible that Keith added colour to this statement with an expletive… my memory may be at fault. The BBC reported at the time: “Richards said he doubted he would be offered an honour “because they know what I would’ve said… they knew I’d tell them where they could put it.”

Always did like Keith Richards… still do…. Moving on….

It has been a quiet time over Christmas for UK Blawgers. I did manage to get a podcast in with Geeklawyer (infra). He then decided to do his own ‘Urbi et Orbi’ and capped his posting off this week with this wonderful pic of French rugby players.

InformationOverlord informs that the Library of Congress has decided to re-classify Scots literature as ‘English’. You would think that the US had enough PR problems in the world without pissing off the Scots. Surely the CIA knows that Scotland is not English?

Family Lore has rather suprising news that disgraced barrister, Bruce Hyman, sentenced to 12 months prison on 19th September, was seen at a party before Christmas. Surprising indeed. The bloggers formerly known as Belle de Jure and Lawyer2B are back with ‘Reductio ad absurdum’ – keeping Latin alive.

So… not much to report on this front this week. I am hosting Blawg Review on 7th January – the first of 2008. Working on a theme… Please post a comment on this post if you wish to be included in my review…. no fee required…

J Dan Hull of What About Clients? has raised the game for blawgers with his own Christmas Video message. I wiped away a tear on this one… AND… What About Clients? is up for an award… against the Wall Street Journal. May I ask you to vote for WAC?… as I am sure they would like to win . I have voted… Unfortunately… it is only possible to vote once. Vote before 2nd January deadline… but as you may well be unable to do so on 1st January because you will be at the gym, not smoking, not drinking, not doing anything unhealthy… you may have to vote before 1st January: Vote Here…. for What About Clients?

POSTSCRIPT: I am not an American… so do not follow the subtle nuances of US politics. I have just discovered that Dan’s Christmas message is his parody of a US politician’s Christmas message. Good one, Dan…. like a bit of irony. Still enjoyed the vlog though! US readers of Dan’s blawg would, of course, have picked up on this.

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I go now… to a place of quiet reflection… to consider how best I may live my life in the new year… I had a long look in the drinks cabinet and found that I need to buy some more Rioja… I must have been burgled over Christmas.

I have been poleaxed…

I read tonight… that not content with giving a knighthood to Parkinson, those who dispense these things, now that we can’t buy them anymore, may be adding ‘interest’ to the list with a surprise award for Tim Henman. Telegraph story

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I have got bird flu – and, news of a possible knighthood for ‘Tiger Tim’, hero to evangelical strawberry eaters each year at Wimbledon, was just too much for me to cope with in my temporarily weakened state. I am returning to my futon… Hopefully, I will make it through the night – but if I don’t blog for a few days, please telephone the West London Police Community Support Officer control desk and ask them to break in. Please make sure you tell them I should not be cremated. The amount of Rioja inside me could cause an embarrassing explosion at the crematorium.


Boxing Day…

Issac Newton was born on the 25th December (under the Julian calendar then in use), a birth celebrated by fellow UK blawger and rational man, John Bolch of Family Law on his blog this Christmas Day.

One of Isaac Newton’s most important laws was the Universal Law of Gravitation: F = Gm1m2 / r2. I keep it in mind, John, when I open every bottle of Rioja…. and so to the business of Boxing Day and the days before the enforced bacchanalia of New Year’s Eve.

The Sun discloses, today, when the news seemed to be dominated by an escaped tiger killing and mauling people in the US, that Michael Parkinson will become ‘Sir Chatalot’ in the New Year Honours list. The Sun was also able to entertain their readers with the news from New Zealand that a “A 50-STRONG gang of rampaging drunken Santas ransacked a cinema frightening customers, damaging property and swearing.”

‘Judge not Tony Blair, for he is like St Paul’

While I prefer the richandmark.com take on this from Guido Fawkes’ blog I was astonished to read an article in The Times on Christmas Eve. Canon Timothy Russ, who guided Blair ‘on his path to Rome’ called on Catholics ‘who resented Mr Blair because of his voting record on abortion and stem cell research to remember the example of the Christian Church’s greatest Apostle, St Paul, a key figure in spreading the message of Christianity.’

The Church, of course, has a long record of absolving sinners and acccepting repenters into their faith. Head of Legal writes that he heard “Alastair Campbell on BBC News 24 saying he didn’t know whether constitutionally a catholic could be Prime Minister, his tentative implication being that that might have been one reason why Blair didn’t convert while in office.”

Head of Legal points out that while The Monarch cannot be a catholic, there is freedom of religion for MPs.

UK Blawgers appear to have shut down for Christmas – with the notable exception of Geeklawyer who decided he would give his own Christmas Broadcast. Even leading US blawg What About Clients? went dark for one day….save to wish everyone a Happy Christmas. Victorian Maiden managed to draw herself away from Tucker’s charms to watch a soccer match. Ruthie is trying on her new wig in time for the January 2nd change in court dress rules to allow solicitor-advocates to be wigged in court. Reactionary Snob, Edinburgh advocate, manages to draw himself away from the claret to reflect on the mud slinging about sleaze between Tory and Labour politicians.

And finally… for this evening:

“Don’t suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it,”

BOISE – Idaho’s newest police officers are not being trained to inflict post-traumatic stress, the head of officer training for the state says, despite a slogan to that effect that was featured prominently in the program for the latest police academy graduation. Story

Christmas…

Without in any way wishing to upstage The Queen, who is now vlogging on YouTube, I thought I would have a few glasses of Rioja at The Bollo (open for the first time this year on Christmas Day for a few hours) and see what happened….

I see that Geeklawyer, podcasting with me but two days ago, managed to have an ‘urbi et orbi’ moment last night upon his return from revels and has spoken to the Nation.


I have eaten my mince pie… I may well return to the scene of my blawg crimes later… Merry Christmas…

I tried my best to deliver your Christmas presents….

I was alone at The Bollo with a lot of other alone people…. We shared wine… the wind made it extremely difficult to smoke outside…and… I just could not watch My Fair Lady and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

And then…. the AngelGabriel.com delivered unto me… an email from Ed of Blawg Review.

Subject: Re: That’s “bling” mate…
Date: 24 December 2007 21:59:25 GMT

I had to reply….

Happy Christmas…. Ed of Blawg Review,

Thank ‘God’ you wrote to me. It is difficult being alone at this time of year. (Actually… it is marvellous.)

The current Archbishop of Canterbury Tales, Rowan Williams… has managed to get a piece in The Times about all the ‘god fearing, binge drinking Britons’ who are going to be turning up at midnight tonight in Church of England churches to find and have ‘communion’ with God. (The Times).

The only Archbishop in the Village seems to think that this reveals a surge in support for ‘God’ and a move away from those inconvenient people who enjoyed reading Richard Dawkins book ‘The God Delusion”… and have a more science based take on life and death.

Not even the Lib-Dems are that brazen with statistics and belief. (Editorial Note: For US, other overseas readers…and most English readers: The Liberal Party still exists, despite the hard work done by Jeremy Thorpe (Rinka the dead dog/ Norman Scott), Paddy Ashdown (The ‘Pantsdown’ saga), Charles Kennedy (‘Seriously over-refreshed’ drinker, bon viveur and smoker who diced with death by hanging out of train windows to smoke to avoid the smoking ban), Sir Ming Cambell (No salesman called because he was just too old to merit a free carriage clock with the sensibly priced insurance to pay for the coffin)… and now they have elected someone who appears to be rather like ‘Private Pike’ in Dad’s Army.

My own rather jaded analysis… but thankfully, I got bail….is less prosaic (I only do ‘prosaic’ when I am on duty). Many in Britain will go to Church tonight because of their beliefs and faith… but, after closing time… others will also pile in …. because they like a bit of karaoke at this time of year…. ‘Once in Royal David Beckhams’ City’… “Away on a Bender” … “What I really, really, want for Christmas” … and…then they will go off for a kebab.

Unfortunately…. I’ve got to go… I’ve just looked at my watch… it is 10.00 pm in Britain… and I haven’t managed to deliver any presents at all tonight.

When I agreed to do ‘Blawg Review’ on January 7th 2008… that was fine… it was just a bridge too far to agree to be Britain’s Father Christmas in 2007… I really did not want to disappoint… which is why I ‘outsourced’ it to Royal Mail….. Two Million presents won’t be delivered in Britain this Christmas, apparently. Not good. Thank God I was not greedy and didn’t go global with my Father Christmas franchise this year. I just hope the French will understand.

Sorry… but I just can’t drink and drive a sleigh tonight… and Rudolph has just been detained without trial for 28 days…Have a good one…

Podcast 35: Geeklawyer…

Today I am talking to Geeklawyer, IP lawyer, blogger, mead drinker and biker. No doubt, he will be able to add to the list. He has been able to put his skills as an advocate to good use on his blawg; describing, fellow blogger Dan Hull of What About Clients? as a “…a depraved evil sociopathic neocon…a beast pretending he loves his clients merely to get into their wallets.”

Most recently, Geeklawyer has been appearing naked in front of judges. He writes on his blog that he was rung up at home by a High Court judge a while ago. It was a profoundly unnerving experience. He had just got out of the bath and was naked, not being accustomed to bathing with any clothes on. The phone rang.

Usually I have some idea where my podcasts will go… today I have absolutely no idea…. Good morning Geeklawyer. I have a glass of Rioja to my right and you will hear me setting fire to Silk Cut cigarettes as the podcast progresses.

Listen to Podcast 35: Geeklawyer

Saturday Review: Christmas Edition 2007 Part II…

As we edge ever closer to the festival of mammon and excess, Saturday 22nd was the Winter Solstice – the shortest day – I have had a ‘Damascus’ moment. I am a news junkie… I am addicted to blogging. I even managed to exceed John Bolch’s Family Lore score of 62% on an ‘Are you addicted to blogging’ quiz. I found myself at lunchtime today, sitting outside The Bollo, enjoying a glass of Rioja, reading The Guardian. I have absolutely no idea why I read the article in the ‘Space’ section on “How can I clean my Edwardian tiles?” I don’t have Edwardian tiles at The Staterooms. I now know how to clean them, however…. and so… to Part II of my Christmas Edition of Saturday Review…

First up is the extraordinary story in The Guardian about historian David Starkey’s astonishing attack on HM The Queen. Starkey states that the “Queen is poorly educated and philistine’.

The Queen is now the oldest Monarch we have ever had. Starkey (pic from www.royal.gov.uk), who has his own TV series on the British monarchy, is not that impressed by the present monarch. In fact, he states: ” I think she’s got elements a bit like Goebbels in her attitude to culture” The Guardian reports that when Starkey was showing The Queen around an exhibition he had curated she seemed more interested in the late arrival of her drink – ‘gin and dubonnet’. Starkey is also dismissive of “sad … hysterical, self-abusing … extraordinarily destructive” Diana. Curiously, Starkey seems to suggest that Prince Charles ‘might be the monarchy’s best hope for survival’.

I raise a toast to ‘The King across the water’ – Jacobus.

Starkey has a CBE – apparently. He has missed the boat on ‘cash for honours’ if he wants an upgrade.

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What About Clients? reports: “In the last full trading day before Christmas, stocks brought joy to the investment world, delivering the December boost investors had hoped for.”

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WAC? also noted that Merrill Lynch may be getting a healthy infusion of capital. As I lay on my futon this morning, catching up on World Business News (Sky, BBC, Bloomberg et al), I was almost beside myself with worry about those poor investment bankers. I will rest easy now, and will now enjoy my Christmas mince pie and one glass of Rioja, knowing that the Saudis and Singapore government are sending emergency aid to banks stricken by axis of evil economic terrorists who have destabilised the global banking network with their lending to the sub-prime market

I just could not help but recall the words of the famous Christmas carol… about Good King Wenceslas

“Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and chopped and even;
Brightly shone the accounts that night, tho’ the Fed was cruel,
When a sub-prime mortgagee came in sight gath’ring winter fuel.”

I may well have to have a Part III… but… I must now go and check how my Northern Rock shares are doing…

Richard III said on Bloomberg tonight: “The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch”.

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UPDATE: Reactionary Snob… has a beauty about ‘Cyclops’…. Gordon Brown is certain that the recent problems about data loss, Donorsgate etc etc will soon be lost… sorry, forgotten.

Reactionary Snob then goes on to ask Cyclops: “Are you having a fucking giraffe? I hope you choke on your organic Turkey and stuffing you Fife Cunt. ”

I had not felt ‘Christmassy’ until I read RS’s post…

Saturday Review: Christmas 2007 Edition Part I…

A resourceful German restauranteur has come up with ‘Smoking point’ to enable smokers to remain inside at restaurants and pubs while enjoying a smoke. He has made several holes in the wall of his restaurant.

So… Christmas has arrived. Fortunately, The Bollo has decided to open for three hours on Christmas Day. This absolves me from any need to fiddle about in the kitchen with dead birds. There was some talk of my cousin, Cardinal Charoni di Tempranillo, coming over this year – but he picked up an ASBO after a Christmas Church office party last year and is not allowed back in Britain until next year. My brother, Professor R D Charon, has decided to write a treatise, as he calls it, on ‘Jurisprudence in a modern, corrupt and morally bankrupt society’ and has gone to Scunthorpe as a ‘retreat’.

He sent me a card with the inscription: “Dear Charon… “Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.”

I sent his card back to him (a bit of green re-cycling) with the message: “Dear Charon… It may surprise you, but I am familiar with Mark Twain’s aphorism. I rather prefer Oscar Wilde’s take on the matter “Moderation is a fatal thing: nothing succeeds like excess.”

Geeklawyer gets a call from a High Court judge while he is taking a bath. Ruthie sympathises with those who are turned down for Silk.

What About Clients? writes: “One of our Brit friends found this re-occurring post and link below simplistic, shallow, anti-intellectual and apparently just “too American”. And so are obliged to pound it in until the British White cows come home. The advice here, of course, is all those things but – like other ideas and moving parts of American life – it actually works.” Find out what the message is.

I received a Christmas ‘blog comment’ from Alex of IMPACT wishing me a Merry Christmas and suggesting that as I was blawging throughout Christmas the Labour government should compensate me. It must be the Winter Solstice – Friday 22nd December. I replied to Alex’s comment on my last post….

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“Alex – Curiously… I received an anonymous Christmas Card only this morning…. It contained a £20 note… I cannot believe for one moment that a political party is sending me money…. I think it may have been from a Great Aunt… she likes to make anonymous gifts. As you will appreciate, at my age, it is unlikely that I would have a ‘Great Aunt’ still alive. I remember sending her P V Baker QC’s great work Snell on Equity’ * many years ago – with a bookmark at the page on secret trusts. She was much taken with that section of the book. Thankfully, she never got to grips with Re Vandervell” [* Now edited by those who came after PV Baker QC – I still have that famous edition…]

Guido Fawkes is concerned that Peter Hain should not delay in releasing information about his anonymous donations. It struck me, reading Guido Fawkes’ blog – that this blog (and many other blogs) was a very good example of Web 2.0 in terms of a degree of freedom from commercial publishers – and may well appeal to Nick Holmes of Binary Law: “Blogging is the most successful and relevant Web 2.0 network and that’s not going to change anytime soon.”

And.. I have no hesitation whatsoever in giving a very real and belated ‘hat tip’ to Nick Holmes’ InfoLaw site and Delia Venables – The web link resource for UK Law – for their remarkable work in collating information and analysis on UK centric web resources – since the mid 1990s. (Do not be put off by the pre Web 1.0 look and feel of Delia’s remarkable website – it is a mine of information and covers everything ‘ab initio’ as lawyers used to say.) Blogroll time for this one… ?

And finally…. I have just received an email from WebCameron (now integrated into the Conservative website: see new URL) to let me know that I do not need to worry about David Cameron troubling me over Christmas – because he is in China. [Editor Note: Charon is not a Cameron Conservative – he became over refreshed one night some time ago and subscribed to WebCameron. It is highly unlikely that Charon will be applying to become a Tory candidate for an Ealing constituency. Charon wonders, via a text from a bar in West London, if Simon Heffer will be pleased at this development.]

In the same email, I discovered that The Tories are delighted that Nick “Cameron-Lite” Clegg has been elected as leader of the Lib-Dems. I quote from the email: “Caroline Spelman congratulated him on his appointment, and said she hoped it would lead to greater co-operation between us and them.”

Dear God…a hung Parliament… with the Ant & Dec of the Conservative party teaming up with Nick Clegg who reminds me of the daft Private Pike in Dad’s Army. No wonder the rest of Europe, after removing all border posts in Schengen Europe (UK and Ireland are not ‘Schengens’), are not that bothered what we do in our sceptred isle. We just think they are.

It is, of course, a delicious irony – that we, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (according to my red EU passport) are not members of ‘Schengen’, still maintain borders, but have absolutely no idea where our illegal immigrants are – apart from that poor chap, an illegal working as a security guard at the Home Office, who is now the focus of Home Office attention. (Infra)

Man who is born of woman etc etc… has but a short time to live and a short memory – but there was a story in The Times only a few days ago (18th December) about the security guard who, although cleared by the SIA to be a guard, did not actually have the right to work because he was an ‘illegal immigrant’. I quote from The Times: “Emergency checks were being carried out on all security staff at the Home Office last night after the department admitted that an illegal immigrant had been employed guarding its London headquarters.”

The Times reports that the latest, of many Labour Home Secretaries, was ‘beyond incandescent’ at this news. The illegal in question, The Times continues, “has been arrested and is now subject to deportation action. “ – which means he will probably turn up as a traffic warden somewhere soon because we aren’t very good at deporting people.

Diamondprotection.co.uk provide security. They are flexible and even provide a range of uniforms. Should appeal to Gordon Brown with his “British jobs for British workers” spiel. I rather like the idea of security guards, more used to providing a degree of common sense and security at clubs, pubs and late night drinking establishments (using the old red rope on a portable stand unit), guarding our government offices. Trouble is… I just have a feeling The Home Office will forget to specify the ‘dress code’ and provide a guest list and we’ll have reports in the The Sun / The Mirror et al that Jacqui Smith was refused entry to her own office.

I am now going to retire… I am singing “Who do you think you are… Mr Cameron…” to the Dad’s Army tune. Such is life….

Tomorrow… I’ll continue with my Saturday review… given that it is still Friday….

Gute Nacht… as we say in parts of Schengen Europe….


A personal statement…

Britain will be closed for the next two and a half weeks because of Christmas. I have therefore decided, with some reluctance, to spend more time with my blawg and take a break from the onerous responsibility of writing about matters legal. Holed up in my Staterooms (I have a mince pie in the fridge and sufficient stock of Rioja in the larder for the great day and the Queen’s speech). I’ll be writing throughout the Christmas period – but not about Law. For those of you who need to do a ‘bit of law’ over this period there are websites out there, or you could look at some cases on the HM Court Service website or visit the websites maintained by the newly named regulatory bodies: SRA / BSB. I can also recommend The Legal Services Act 2007. It has plot, pace and enough in it to provide angst, tension and satisfaction.

My last post on our beautiful game for 2007 is a story worthy of Dickens. It comes from The Sun: HEATHER MILLS faces a £2million court scrap with HER divorce lawyers – but has vowed to fight their “extortionate” bill.

According to The Sun, leading law firm Mischon de Reya, with a team of six charging an hourly rate £500 (The Sun figures), are about to issue their bill for £2 million. You may recall that Heather Mills sacked her lawyers / Her Lawyers sacked her after her extraordinary appearance on GMTV some time ago. The Sun takes up the story: ” A pal of Heather said last night: “She has been employing Mishcon for 20 months so it works out at £100,000 a month.Did Mishcon need a team of six, each earning £500 an hour, to fight her case?”

The Sun has been able to talk to a legal source about this: “It was her choice to hire one of the country’s most high-profile lawyers.”

The Sun ends its coverage of this breaking story with: “If the High Court writ is successful it could result in the ex-porn star being declared bankrupt.”

Oh… and finally… since it has a bit of law in it. Geeklawyer gets a phonecall from a High Court judge while he is in the bath. He puts his wig on to take the call. (Some strong language / imagery)

Christmas office parties…

Tonight I walked into my usual watering hole for a quick glass of wine. It was full of unpleasantly pissed office party goers, many of whom were shouting shit at each other. Profanity and grunts and loud lewd male bonding laughter. I stood at the bar to order a drink. A man with a shaven head was having difficulty with fairly simple words and sentence structures. “Look..mate… mate look” seemed to be the limit of his ability… but then he said “Fucking fuck, mate look at that one” referring to an attractive young woman who had walked in with her boyfriend for the evening shift of office parties. Simian mate, demonstrating how close in DNA we are to primates and bananas, leered at the girl, predictably made some reference to ‘giving her one’ and then these extras from Planet of The Apes roared at each other with laughter.

They’ll probably be OK by the time they get home, after parking tigers in the road en route. Not so much a case of how to throw a good Christmas party…. more a case of how to throw up at a Christmas party.

Obviously, I am looking forward to the end of the office parties 🙂

The beautiful game…

I must make it clear that I know nothing about football.  The new England manager/coach does know a lot about football – but he doesn’t spika da English too good.  He says he will learn it in a month.

Kelvin Mackenzie, writing in The Sun, reports: ” Capello says he will have mastered English in a month. That’s rubbish. He will be lucky to put two sentences together by the eve of our friendly on February 6 (after all, Jamie Carragher, the Liverpool defender, hasn’t mastered English yet and he’s 29).”

Mackenzie, settling into his rant, continues:

“At best Capello will speak pidgin English. How can he explain the nuances of tactics when he can’t even spell nuance? What will he do? Point at Rooney and then point at the goal? Point at Robinson and then point at the ball? Point at Lampard and then point at his penis? It’s a farce. The No 2 — who by the way is 70 — will be bloody lucky to be alive by the time the next World Cup takes place.”

Looks like we are going to be looking at 1966 World Cup footage for some time.

 

 

Beggaring belief… again…

David Cameron, after laying into Labour on “Donorsgate” for not knowing what is going on in their back yard, now has the embarrassment of not knowing what is going on in his back yard; giving Labour an opportunity to do a bit of “It beggars belief” in return.

The Sun reports: “DAVID Cameron was plunged into a funding row last night after accepting £7,400 of unlawful donations. The Conservative leader was forced to surrender the cash because the donors were NOT on the electoral roll. The money was given to the local party in his constituency of Witney, Oxfordshire, by two businessmen four months ago.”

Up pops Hazel Blears….

Cabinet minister Hazel Blears told Sky News: “David Cameron sets a really high bar on these issues and he says it beggars belief that Gordon Brown did not know that was going on. “I just think it beggars belief that David Cameron didn’t know what was going on in his own backyard.”

In the meantime, newly elected Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg states earnestly: “Renewed ambition for the Lib Dems, renewed ambition to reach out to the millions of people who I know share our instincts and values but do not yet vote for us.”

Well..there we are.

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John Bolch, over at Family Lore, has been having an “It beggars belief” rant about creationism.

 

 

 

 

The wonder of Facebook…

I woke this morning to an email informing me that I had a message on my Facebook. I have been invited “qua Charon” to attend a law school law student dinner and network with the students. Excellent. I am looking forward to it.

The President of The Law Society (at the university) who invited me reads my blog…

Gordon Brown lost…

In a statement to the House tonight, Jack Straw told MPs that the government has now lost Gordon Brown. The courier company contracted to deliver Brown to Portugal to sign the EU Treaty, after delivering him late, has admitted they have absolutely no idea where he is. Police are calling off their search for 25 million HM Revenue & Customs records and are now scouring rubbish dumps to find the Prime Minister.

The Chav Nativity…

A friend sent me this the other day… I posted it and then took it down, intending to put it in my Saturday review…. but I could not do a Saturday review… so here it is. Catherine Tate, I am told. You may not have seen it….

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THE CHAV NATIVITY:

There’s this bird called Mary, yeah? She’s a virgin (wossat then?) She’s not married or nuffink, but she’s got this boyfriend, Joe, innit? He does joinery an’ that. Mary lives with him in a crib dahn Nazaref. One day Mary meets this bloke Gabriel. She’s like ‘Oo ya lookin at?’ Gabriel just goes ‘You got one up the duff, you have.’ Mary’s totally gobsmacked. She gives it to him large ‘Stop dissin’ me yeah? I ain’t no Kappa-slapper. I never bin wiv no one!’

So Mary goes and sees her cousin Liz, who’s six months gone herself. Liz is largin’ it. She’s filled with spirits, Barcardi Breezers an’ that. She’s like ‘Orright, Mary, I can feel me bay-bee in me tummy and I reckon I’m well blessed. Think of all the extra benefits an’ that we are gonna get.’ Mary goes ‘Yeah, s’pose you’re right’
Mary an’ Joe ain’t got no money so they have to ponse a donkey, an’ go dahn Bethlehem on that. They get to this pub an’ Mary wants to stop, yeah? To have her bay-bee an’ that.
But there ain’t no room at the inn, innit? So Mary an’ Joe break an’ enter into this garridge, only it’s filled wiv animals. Cahs an’ sheep an’ that.

Then these three geezers turn up, looking proper bling, wiv crowns on their heads. They’re like ‘Respect, bay-bee Jesus’, an’ say they’re wise men from the East End.
Joe goes: ‘If you’re so wise, wotchoo doin’ wiv this Frankenstein an’ myrrh?
Why dincha just bring gold, Adidas and Burberry?’

It’s all about to kick off when Gabriel turns up again an’ sez he’s got another message from this Lord geezer. He’s like ‘The police is comin an’ they’re killin all the bay-bees. You better nash off to Egypt.’ Joe goes ‘You must be monged if you think I’m goin’ dahn Egypt on a minging donkey’. Gabriel sez ‘Suit yerself, pal. But it’s your look out if you stay.’

So they go dahn Egypt till they’ve stopped killin the first-born an’ it’s safe an’that.
Then Joe and Mary and Jesus go back to Nazaref, an’ Jesus turns water into Stella.

Sunday Review: 16 December

I was not able to do a Saturday review…

Lord Falconer, Head of Legal reports, is against the extension of detention to 42 days. The Attorney General of the web is puzzled about this death bed conversion and speculates on whether Falconer has sorted out his pension ‘issues’.

Geeklawyer gets mauled by a Leopard – but LawMinx thought he was getting married to a Leopard. Such is the life of UK Law blawgers. By a bizarre co-incidence it appears that both Ruthie and VM are suffering from some strange illness. Reactionary Snob plans to do some fisking about Straw’s statements on liberty doing well under the last decade of Labour leadership. Pupillage Chronicles finds out that there is ‘never a right way of doing things’. Lo-fi Librarian reflects on facebook Whales. Consilio has two new Editors: Richard Ramsay and Peter Groves. Both are prolific writers. Richard Ramsay completed a magnum opus on the Neuberger report (See Consilio) and has developed a taste for unusual outfits.

If you want to know more about the Legal Services Act, Consilio and LegalTraining.TV did a televised broadcast (Free to view) and you may watch the film here.

I do wish you a Merry Christmas…. below | Or click here if you don’t like scrolling.

Letters to Geeklawyer…

Inspired by the letter writing skills of the Duke of Edinburgh I decided to write to Geeklawyer. Rather than take up the whole front page of the blawg for one post I have posted it separately: http://www.spr-consilio.com/lettertoGL1.htm

UPDATE: Sunday 16 DecemberGeeklawyer replies to my letter

Bognor? I don’t even know where Bognor is! I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to drink mead – brewed honey – but it seems to do the business. I am looking forward to the podcast with GL. I will wear a dinner jacket.

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I may start a “From The Staterooms” section and post more late night ‘letters’.

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Friday 21st December 2007: Another letter to Geeklawyer describing my experience doing door security at The Home Office today in the wake of the discovery that their usual security guard was an ‘illegal immigrant’ and although cleared by the SIA, did not have permission to work in Britain and is now being deported.  I am pleased I was able to step in.  One has to do one’s bit for non-Schengen Britain.

I have just been described as an ‘oenophile’…

It is 10.20 pm on Saturday – a modest time. I returned from The Bollo, using every skill I possess to escape (Infra), to find that John Bolch of Family Lore has described me as an ’eminent oenophile’.

Yes.. A fair cop Guv on the ‘oenophile’ bit.

An oenophile is… Wikipedia has the answer

I am now taking advice on the usage of the word ’eminent’. Sadly, most of the people I know who enjoy a glass or two were out this evening being ’eminent non government approved oenophiles’ and were not able to confirm if I deserved the honour of being ’eminent’. At 10.15 pm on a Saturday night, returning to my Staterooms to blog … I am clearly an amateur. (Binge drinkers get ratted / off their heads / use ‘field hospitals’ set up in City centres at weekends and at Christmas / New Year by a hard pressed NHS).

Oenophiles merely get over refreshed.

Buona notte.

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John was also kind enough to pass on the chain-joke about Christmas at the same link (Infra) It seems that I am doing a bit of seriatim here.

Merry Christmas from Charon to one and all..

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas…and, here is a short animation card for you.

Hit the link… and you too can have this type of card

My Saturday Review has been delayed for technical reasons. I was kidnapped late this afternoon/ early evening by persons unknown at The Bollo…and they have intimated to me that release may come later this evening.

I shall do a Sunday review instead.

So.. Happy Christmas from Charon… view animation

A Christmas Story 1

I found this on the Presurfer blog. A chain joke… the idea is to give credit to the blog where you find it and if a lot of blogs like it (and include it in their posts) the chain will grow. I rather enjoyed the black humour in the joke… but I would.

A man in Chicago calls his son in New York the day before Christmas and says, ‘I hate to ruin Christmas this year, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.’

‘Pop, what are you talking about?’ the son screams. ‘We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,’ the father says. ‘We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Atlanta and tell her.’

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. ‘Like hell they’re getting divorced,’ she shouts, ‘I’ll take care of this.’ She calls Chicago immediately, and screams at her father, ‘You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?’ and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. ‘Okay,’ he says, ‘they’re coming for Christmas and paying their own way.’

The Silly Season…

RollonFriday reports today: “Ever vigilant Bristows has issued a briefing warning employers of the potential hazards of providing staff with a free bar. The firm advises employers to look out for drunken fumblings, potential punch-ups and to put a lock on their photocopiers. The final paragraph of the briefing warns grimly:

“Photocopier manufacturers experience a rise in call outs over the festive period as a result of repairing damage caused by staff taking copies of various parts of their anatomy. Quite apart from the inappropriateness of such conduct, [it can result in] lost time caused by inoperative equipment.”

The Sun claims today that Hitler had a child with Unity Mitford and that Hitler’s child may be living in Britain today. Inevitably, The Sun asks if ‘you are Hitler’s Child or know who they are.’

11,000 illegal immigrants have wrongly been cleared to work as security guards, it was revealed yesterday.

The Security Industry Authority website makes it very clear (enclosing the following passage within a red box): “There is no legal responsibility for the SIA to carry out right to work checks; that is the role of the employer. Whilst we have no legal duty to check the right to work of individuals in our licensing decisions, we are continually improving our processes to ensure as far as we reasonably can that SIA licence holders are not illegal workers.”

So… room for improvement then.

Police are warning people not to put Christmas presents under the Christmas tree because it may attract burglars. Helpfully, they also suggest that if you do receive a Christmas present this year, not to throw out the packaging in case a passing burglar happens to take a look into your bin to see if he would like to burgle your house and take your present away with him.

Somerset Police are also warning householders to beware of CAROL SINGERS — in case they are crooks in disguise.

Police Community Support Officer Richard Stamp said: “There are many genuine carol singers, but if you are in any doubt keep the door shut.

“Ensure when answering the door to strangers you confirm their identity and never leave the door open and unattended, even for a second.” Story

And finally... one for Health & Safety / Personal Injury lawyers and those of you who like their Christmas to be ‘PC’ – a Christmas Card.  Even the angel Gabriel has a high visibility yellow vest and the Three Wise Men wear hard hats.

We shall never surrender…

Ever helpful… The Sun has mocked up a photograph of Gordon Brown surrendering our control over our own affairs to Europe – that foreign land across the water.

I quote from the Sun report: ” GORDON Brown signs the hated EU treaty TODAY — despite an eleventh-hour bombshell that it means surrendering control of Britain’s immigration policy.” [What policy?]

The Sun report continues to drive the point home for readers: ” It means failed asylum seekers will be free to take their cases to the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg — giving the final say to unelected EU judges”

I spoke to Carl Gardner, Head of Legal in a podcast last weekend. Head of Legal expressed the view that this treaty is remarkably similar to the EU Constitution, chucked out by the French and Dutch a couple of years ago. Gordon Brown is, apparently, now admitting that it is a ‘semi-constitution’.

The Sun thunders: Mr Brown will today surrender more than SIXTY of the UK’s prized vetoes on EU decisions — forever.
But Mr Cameron of the ‘Sceptred Isle’ party fights on the beaches on our behalf by saying (As reported in The Sun): “He doesn’t even have the guts to put it to the British people.”

We are ‘goners’… if you are of a Europhobe disposition. ‘Ode to joy’ anyone?… or Freude, schöner Götterfunken, as we say in downtown Berlin these days….

Holy water and other matters…

With bottled water costing from £5 a litre to over £50 (At Claridges) I tend to drink tap water – and make a point of doing so in restaurants. I cannot understand the obsession with bottled water, but chacun a son gout.

Now… for those of you who are bottled water drinkers… you now have the opportunity to slip through the eye of a needle when you buy Holy Water from an enterprising mob of water bottlers. The bottlers from God claim: “Spiritual Water claims its product helps you ‘stay focused, believe in yourself and believe in God”

Well… there we are. Curiously the God community in the States is not too pleased at the marketing by ‘Spiritual water’. But have they perfected a method to stop miracle doers turning their water into wine?

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) – A Clark County Superior Court judge has been censured for “demeaning, offensive and shocking” behavior at a training conference in Los Angeles last year. Judge John P. Wulle, 57, used profanity, made an obscene gesture after being asked to lower his voice and referred to a group facilitator as “the black gay guy,” according to a nine-page document posted on the Web site of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, which issued the censure Friday at a meeting in this suburb south of Seattle. At one point, according to the panel’s findings, the facilitator said, “Clark County gets a star” for finishing an assignment and Wulle replied, “I don’t need a star. I’m not a Jew.”

He was ordered to take 10 hours of judicial ethics courses and seven hours of racial, religious, sexual orientation and diversity training. Story

Well… look on the bright side… at least he will get his CPD hours all in one go.

Consilio and LegalTraining.TV did a TV webcast on The Legal Services Act. Like Hitchcock… I do enjoy a ‘ shadowy cameo’ role in webcasts I am involved in. My good friend Richard Ramsay decided to write something far better than I could have done on Lord Neuberger’s: Entry to the Bar and beat me to it… by a good margin.

You may well have seen it… but if you haven’t… David Pannick QC has written “2007: The Year in judgment” in Times Online – a reminder of the human judicial and legal condition.

It is that time of year…. First up is TESCO… “Every penny counts”

The Sun reports: ” A CHRISTMAS charity band were ordered to stop playing at a Tesco store for “health and safety reasons”.

A spokesman for the supermarket giant blamed a new policy and “instore congestion”.

Excellent… We need more of this spirit in London.

I have even managed to shoehorn a bit of Law in: Misrepresentation – Breach of Express and Implied Terms – Judicial review – and Health & Safety. I deserve a small glass of reward… and now I am orf to drink it.

Free: Live TV webcast on Legal Services Act

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Jazz at The Bollo

After a busy and enjoyable morning doing a podcast with Carl Gardner (Infra)… lunch at The Bollo. A friend of mine walked in. Forget binge-drinking. This guy does it on an industrial level and he is one of the fittest 60 year olds I have ever met… I can’t quite believe he is back at 1.00 today, after he staggered out last night at 10.00 following a marathon started at another watering hole in West London at lunch on Saturday. I am pleased to say that I know some unusual people.

Today is Jazz lunch – a great singer, a brilliant pianist and a group of people who enjoy jazz. As the rain pours down outside…. life is good inside.

Podcast 34: Podcast on Human Rights with Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog

Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, former government lawyer and now a freelance author, lecturer and author of the Head of Legal Blog.

Carl Gardner had a varied career in the government legal service but I focus in on two stints of note; first, at the Cabinet Officer legal advisers, and then his time at The Attorney’s Office. Inevitably, I have to ask him what working with Lord Goldsmith was like.

We discuss a number of topical issues: The EU Treaty, constitutional reform, the proposed extension of detention without trial from 28 to 42 days, and Carl’s theory of ‘Human Rightsism’ which gives us an oppportunity to discuss the House of Lords decision in the Countryside Alliance v Attorney General case.

I even discovered that Carl dances the Tango!

Listen to Podcast 34: Podcast on Human Rights with Carl Gardner.

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Carl Gardner’s Head of Legal website

The Head of Legal analysis of the Countryside alliance case.

We had very heavy rain during the podcast and there is some interference to the internet telephone connection. I have been able to edit most of the interference out

Archbishop Sentamu against Mugabe…

I have just watched an extraordinary and powerful demonstration of real concern for the victims of Mugabe’s regime on The Andrew Marr Show. It will, I am sure (and I hope), be given wide coverage in the press.

Andrew Marr and John Sentamu, Archbishop of York were discussing the issue of Gordon Brown’s refusal to attend the EU/Africa summit as a protest against the presence of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s morally bankrupt president. Sentamu took the view that Brown was right not to attend, having signalled his refusal to do so three months ago if Mugabe was invited. More importantly, Sentamu stated that it was imperative that African leaders, particularly the president of South Africa, express their revulsion at what is happening in Zimbabwe, once Africa’s bread basket and now, as Sentamu stated ‘Africa’s basket case’.

Dr Sentamu pointed out that when Zimbabwe and South Africa were under white colonial rule the world united against these states. The failure of Africa to condemn Mugabe, he stated, (I paraphrase) was a form of institutional racism in reverse.

The Archbishop told Marr that he wore a dog collar to identify himself to others as a priest. He removed his white dog collar from his purple shirt, took a pair of scissors and cut the dog collar into bits as a metaphor for the destruction by Mugabe of Zimbabwe and its people. He then declared that he would not wear a dog collar again until Mugabe is removed.

I am not a believer – but Sentamu’s statement this morning was powerful and one of the most practical, reasoned and intelligent statements I have heard about the reality of human rights abuse in Zimbabwe and Darfur. Andrew Marr asked Dr Sentamu what ‘we’ could do to help. Sentamu simply asked us to spare a £1 to help support the people of these states.

Platitudes and sermons are easy. Dr Sentamu has made a very powerful statement this morning. I shall certainly be able to spare a ‘£1’. If you wish to help…The Archbishop has a website where, hopefully, information will be posted.

Saturday Review: 8 December

Private Eye, as usual, hits the spot: “New Anonymous Donor Shock” (Eye)

S58 Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 makes it reasonably clear, given that the Labour Party has not returned the illegal donation within the 30 day time limit, that “The court may, on an application made by the Commission, order the forfeiture by the party of an amount equal to the value of the donation.” S58(4) states “An order may be made under this section whether or not proceedings are brought against any person for an offence connected with the donation.”

No doubt the Commission is busy preparing an application to the court. Apparently, Santa won’t be getting his money back. It will go into government coffers. The press, political bloggers and commentators continue, in the meantime, to hunt for heads to roll.

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“Two hours of inexplicable madness,” followed after a mobile phone went off in a US courtroom. Judge Robert Restaino jailed everyone in the courtroom when no-one owned up to ownership of the offending phone. Judge Restaino said “Everyone is going to jail; every single person is going to jail in this courtroom unless I get that instrument now,”. Restaino jailed 46 defendants, but failed to question “any of the prosecutors, defense attorneys, court personnel, program representatives or others who were present in the courtroom,”.

Restaino, removed from office, plans to appeal. The commission concluded Restaino, who conceded he had no legal right to take the defendents into custody, had committed “an egregious and unprecedented abuse of judicial power.” (VM of Ruthie’s Law will be pleased to see US officials using the word ‘egregious’)

Geeklawyer has given the Judiciary an opportunity to put him down (Shome mistake surely? – Ed)

Victorian Maiden has been watching the Judiciary watch the Legal Services Commission: Arrogance Update.

90 mph Police Chief driving ban (BBC Story)

Meredydd Hughes, the chief plod of South Yorkshire (and former Chair of roads policing at ACPO!) gets a 42 day driving ban and a fine of £350 for doing 90 mph in a 60 mph zone. The usual calls followed for Mr Hughes to ‘consider his position’.

PC Bloggs is not happy that police are not getting a decent pay rise. Scots Plod are getting a higher pay rise. PC Bloggs has a point. Excellent Blog – added to my blogroll now. (Unfortunately, perhaps I am being thick, but I can’t work out how to link to the particular story on PC Bloggs’ blog – so I provide the link to the blog and you will have to scroll down if new stories have been added since my post.)

AND NOW TO BLAWGERS… What have they been up to this week?

I have already referred to Geeklawyer and VM. I am about to do a podcast with Head of Legal. I am also planning a podcast with Geeklawyer. Indeed, I had a most interesting communication via voicemail from him late last night. I could make out the word Mead. Head of Legal rejoices in the sanity of the English courts in a blasphemy ruling; contrasting it with the rather bizarre case of the Sudanese teddy bear.

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What About Clients? has a salutory Christmas Message for practitioners: “Do first-rate work for existing clients. That’s it. Nothing more.” WAC? is also nominated within the ABA Top 100 blogs. While I am unlikely to be nominated for anything …and even if I was … I would have to decline all forms of bestowed honour as I prefer trying to buy them or award them to myself – but that is getting difficult these days with two British serving Prime Ministers being interviewed by Plod for dodgy donations – I did vote for WAC? Help our cousin across the Pond J Dan Hull of WAC? by voting. (Vote early and often…as the Irish used to say.) You have to scroll down to find WAC? Life is never simple. AND …you have to hit the ‘Vote’ button to the left of the WAC? link… not the link itself which I did before I realised!)

As it happens, my blawg got a mention in the latest ‘Dante themed’ Blawg Review 137 – a masterpiece of writing and one which will be difficult to follow when I do my own hosting of Blawg Review on 7th January – which I am looking forward to putting together over Christmas. It will keep me in the pubs.

John Bolch of Family Lore has an interesting story about two Gods being summoned to appear before an Indian court. John reports: “…the judge has summoned the two gods to appear before the court next Tuesday to help resolve the dispute, the gods having inexplicably failed to respond to notices sent to them previously.”

Justin Patten of Human Law Mediation asks a rather pertinent question in a recent post: Do barristers help or hinder the mediation process? Norman Baird, writing on our Consilio Editor blog explains why Anglia Ruskin University declines. It is a fascinating Freedom of Information Act issue and, if you are into this sort of thing, worth reading. Information Overlord sighs about conferences at which experts plug their own products. Bystander JP of The Magistrates’ Blog reports: “The front page of today’s ‘Daily Express’, the soi-disant ‘World’s Greatest Newspaper’ carries no reference to Diana or Madeleine. What’s happening down at the D.Ex? Is Mr. Desmond off sick? Still, at least it’s got a house price scare.”

The Sunday Times usually does a “WHO SNUFFED IT THIS YEAR” review just after Christmas to allow us a moment of furtive pleasure to see if we know anyone on the list or approve of the Grim Reaper’s work in removing celebrities from our Earth. It appears that students are working very hard – because many of the student blogs on my blogroll have not been updated for some time – and a few practitioner blawgs have been very quiet. Corporate Blawger has not blawged since his Blaw Review post in July. Maybe I should do a “Which blawgs died in 2007 Review?”

Serious content blawg IMPACT continues to inform on a daily basis – as does the excellent Inner Temple information blog ( a truly useful daily updater) and the precisely drawn Clifford Chance LLP sponsored blog Conflict of Laws.

Law Minx reports in Catastrophic Gloombridges: “Life at the moment, blogwatchers, is frankly pretty shitty. I am bieng held hostage by the Smoking Donkey despite my lurid addiction to all manner of cough and cold remedies…”. Legally Blonde in London, in her trade mark ‘Pink’ script reports ‘Last year I reported my puzzlement with outlining’ – and is now using it in her studies.

Paranoid Pupil notes: “How time flies when you’re……actually doing some work for once!”

Pupil Blog appears to have done the blawgers equivalent of a private lap dancing club “Members only” policy and has gone ‘invited readers only”.

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Law Actually, in an amusing post complete with pic, reports that he “took a swing by Leo Laporte’s blog and found this picture of him readjusting his ‘trouser furniture’ during a break in filming.”

Liadnan reports that London Undergound have absolutely no sense of humour by sacking ‘Voice of London Undergound’ Emma Clarke for making spoof announcements.

Edinburgh advocate Reactionary Snob continues to keep me sane with his robust take on life.

And finally….

An amusing film of Hitler wanting to “Break Free”. Excellent stuff. Very clever lip synch to the music and words of the famous song – a must watch. Amused me on a wet and windy Saturday morning. And now… it is time for my lunch and a glass or two of Rioja at The Bollo. Although it is wet… I shall nip outside to continue my quest to smoke in the face of adversity, common sense and medical advice…

Have a good weekend.

I just could not resist this…

With the Bar  deciding to retain horse hair wigs and eighteenth century court dress… I just could not resist this post from the Sixth Form Law website.

I particularly enjoyed this quote from the SixthForm website: “The horsehair wig costs £1,295. Still included at £89 is a black cloth sentence cap, which judges used to put on to pass the death sentence.”

I must ask Geeklawyer, when I do a podcast with him (as is planned), if he was offered a black cloth sentence cap at £89 when he bought his wig etc etc upon return to private practice.

Geeklawyer on this matter

The Bar Council view

Lawyers take their briefs down?…

Forgive the truly appalling pun… but I have been reading The Sun again.

WHICH female partner at a top City law firm was banished to Asia after she was caught having a three-some with two trainees in the office?

The Sun carries a story about a quiz by Legal Business.  The Sun reports: ” They took the form of a Christmas quiz on gossip picked up by the mag’s journalists – prompting a massive guessing game in the legal industry to identify those involved.” The questions posed include the one above. Sun Story

We three blawgers of orient are…

We three blawgers of Orient are
Bearing posts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O blog of wonder, blog of night
blog with republican beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

At least I have put a Christmas hat on my header…. humbug.

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At least we won’t have Phil Spectre this year (?). No doubt they will dredge up Slade…..

I am looking forward to writing my ‘Blawg Review’ for 7th January 2008. I am working on the theme now… It may well be a ‘one off’ opportunity. I went to a party when I was eight. I wasn’t invited back. I have had Post-traumatic stress disorder since.

This is what the anonymous and mysterious Ed of Blawg Review states on the blawg: “The host’s personal selections usually include several that reflect the character and subject interests of the host blawg, recognizing that the regular readership of the blog should find some of the usual content, and new readers of the blog via Blawg Review ought to get some sense of the unique perspective and subject specialties of the host.”

Oh yes….

Fellow UK Blawgers…. we must do our duty… A call to arms?… Cry God etc etc? … And did those blogs in ancient time walk upon England’s mountains green?

Tally ho…

While I have absolutely no need to go out and hunt foxes, stalk deer, shoot my food or kidnap fish with a fishing rod – I simply go to a supermarket or The Bollo – I have friends who do enjoy hunting, fishing and shooting.

Apparently it is within the law to use hounds to flush the fox out; at which point a gunman may be deployed to shoot the fox.

In this particular case, the Telegraph reports: Mr Wright had situated a marksman on a quad bike close to where the fox was hiding so that it would be shot as soon as possible after being flushed out. However, he was forced to give chase when the fox managed to flee. Judge Cottle said: “This case has led us to the conclusion that the relevant law is far from simple to interpret or apply.”

We have quite a few foxes in West London. I see them quite often on my way home from the pub. They have worked out that I am no threat to them, stare at me when I whistle at them, and then wander off.

Any fox hunters out there?

Competition: Which blogger would look best in a swimsuit?…

I have been indisposed this weekend – hence the lack of a Saturday Review. I have had to lie in state.

But I did read Kevin O’Keefe’s excellent rant / peroration about Law Blog vanity contests. The ABA Journal’s list of the 100 best law blogs caught his eye. His post is well worth a read. I agree… complete waste of time.

Kevin O’Keefe writes: “Why not have a contest as to which blogging lawyer looks best in a swim suit? “

Now… that is something I feel I can relate to!

Do you think I have a chance? I’ve gone for pink this year.

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“I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members”
Groucho Marx.

Schadenfreude…

Flash in the Pan (Or Flush down the pan) Gordon,  described by pro tem leader of the Lib-dems, Vince Cable, as having gone from Stalin to Mr Bean during his short tenure at Number 10, must be wondering why there is no English equivalent of Schadenfreude. [Wikipedia suggests that the word ‘epicaricacy’ may be an equivalent]