Well… let’s start with a proposition I saw on The Grumpy Guide to Christmas (BBC) and take it from there…
Why would anyone want to bring a tree into their living room? Who cooked that idea up? And another thing… if an elderly gentleman wearing a red gown broke into my house - I would check the Judiciary website out to see which judge of the High Court had finally lost the plot. Mind you, Lord Chancellor Killaburglar Grayling would approve if I used proportionately disproportionate force and acted against the interests of the intruder – so not all bad, I suppose.
It has been a strange year. I have finally escaped from London forever and have moved to Chatham Maritime in Kent as a base – a place which I find most conducive to thinking and writing. I have also started on my year (+) long UK Jag Rouge Tour looking at the state of our legal system and getting views on it from lawyers, police, academics and anyone else interested in the law – including filmed vox pops with ‘members of the public’ – which should throw up some strident and trenchant views.
I am finding it a fascinating exercise to do and learning a great deal from the many experienced lawyers who have taken part so far. I am also grateful to the sponsors for assisting with the not insignificant costs of this exercise which is free to all to read, listen to and watch on my blog and the Tour blog. And, the tour certainly can’t happen without the support of many who have talked to me so far and the many who intend to do so in the future - all give freely of their time and knowledge.
Jon Harman – has designed an advert for the tour – please do click – he has done great work!
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A duck alerted me by text to this gem from television news: … We’ve just seen headline in papers about a drunk manager attacking a tree”… Jeez.. you guys know how to Party!”
And talking of ducks – I came up with the idea of ducks texting me earlier in 2012. Apart from the fact that I find ducks fascinating, the ducks I know are subversive and contribute greatly to my knowledge and understanding of the chaotic world many of us live in. I may also have overdone the juice when I came up with the idea of texting ducks… but, mea culpa, there we are.
I shall be at my post throughout the Christmas period… aided and abetted by subversive ducks… we never close…
I rarely write about myself – and interviews with me are few. I did, however, enjoy the kind invitation from Alex Aldridge of Legal Cheek to contribute to his excellent “If I knew then” series:
If I knew then what I know now: ‘I was too ready to treat the view of the experienced as gospel’
And this duck had absolutely nothing to do with me… despite views expressed to the contrary on twitter by surprisingly many! But what a great duck!
Well… I think that is enough for now – but I may write another Christmas card on the morrow. Why not? It is Chrimbo, after all – and, even though I shall be at my post, ignoring it, I hope you have a good one – if it is your thing.
And… if you are a user of twitter and Farcebook – you might enjoy listening to John Cooper QC expressing his views on the CPS guidelines on social media prosecutions issued earlier in the week by DPP Keir Starmer QC. A Christmas cracker! It is here and if you scroll down – below
Best, as always
PS.. and remember… a duck texted me to say that they, too, are bipedal and asked if I could fly! Think about that!