I am moving to Kent to set up my ‘forward operating base’ (FOB) this weekend – taking some subversive ducks from Battersea-on-Thames with me to instruct Medway ducks in the delights of subversion.
Once settled – The Van Rouge Tour will start. I will start in the South-East and go hence throughout our sceptred isle over the course of a year in a camper van. To avoid inflicting hypothermia on myself in the winter months I may have to stay occasionally in a hotel and will, in any event, return to the aforementioned FOB at weekends to enjoy the pleasures of research and writing up. In six months time FOB will be moved North and I will take another six month let in a modest dwelling.
Podcasts, voxpops with a television camera, analysis of the legal events of the day, commentary on the changing legal landscape, ephemeral musings and anything else that comes into my surreal mind will be reported. I am setting up a special Charon Van Rouge Tour blog to place all the posts in one place. I rather like the idea of going on ‘Assizes’ and creating a Legal Domesday Book. The plan is to cover England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It will take at least a year.
The important thing for me is to have an open mind and talk to many people to find out what they think of our legal system. I shall be thorough in my investigation and talk to a wide cross section of people – not just lawyers.
I very much hope that regular tweeters who know me through twitter will take part and make this a truly collaborative project. It will be a pleasure to do and I very much hope readers will enjoy the ‘reports from the frontline’.
I am genuinely pleased with the extraordinary support – financial, moral, encouragement, offers of beds for the nights, offers of dinner - from tweeters and I will do my best to include as many people as I can in this project.
So far, sponsors have come forward to assist with logistics, running expenses, kit etc: The Law Society, Kysen PR, The Legal Technology Insider, LBC Wise Counsel, Riverview Law, The University of East Anglia Law School, Brecher, Routledge Law, Inksters, Cellmark., The College of Law, BPP Law School, TaxAid, Darlingtons Solicitors, Lawyers on Demand, The Trial Warrior blog
I am not a rich man – nor wish to be. So… if any other organisations or individuals would like to be involved in this tour as a sponsor, please get in touch with me. Sponsorships are modest.