“Charon QC” is a lawyer, after a fashion, but is not a practitioner. He has taught law for many years – and, to his surprise, still enjoys law; although he enjoys other academic interests as well. Law is fascinating more in the human interest than the letter, but compared to literature, science or philosophy, it does not engage the mind in quite the same way. He awarded himself the title QC when the Lord Chancellor suspended the award for real lawyers. Now, as no-one can instruct him in any matter, or would wish to, he is free to comment as he wishes on matters which catch his attention. He is, of course, a figment of a febrile imagination . He drinks Rioja – in fact he will drink any red wine, smokes Marlboro, reads all the newspapers (3 Tabloids 4 broadsheets…most days) , has a passion for motorbikes and sips espressos three time a day – ordering two each time. He sleeps for 4 hours a night – but that is his problem. He gets up and starts work (sometimes, it has to be said… writing a blog post) between 3.30 – 4.00 every morning…
When he finds a meal he enjoys – he eats it every day until he can no longer face eating it again. At breakfast, he always has one egg, two slices of toast, two slices of bacon, some baked beans, two espressos, a glass of tap water and an undisclosed number of Marlboro cigarettes – and always starts eating the egg first… on a bit of buttered toast; turning the plate around so the egg is conveniently on the right hand side of the plate. He did not know he did this until it was pointed out to him by several friends. Breakfast takes approximately 35 minutes and is often taken while reading his tabloid of choice and The Indie… and then it is but a short motorbike ride back to his Staterooms where the day can begin. Breakfast is at 7.00 and more often than not Charon sits at a table outside – even in very cold weather – so he can keep an eye on the world as it goes by. He can also smoke outside without offending other early risers.
Charon has now moved to his Staterooms-On-Thames..at Battersea… right on the river so he can look at gulls, ducks and cormorants…and rowers etc etc.
For the avoidance of doubt… I write the Charon Blawg for my own amusement and if people visit and enjoy it – great!. I don’t tolerate abusive commenters who slag other commenters / bloggers off – if they have a go at me they do so knowing that I will deal with it my own way should they be offensive. I’m quite good at blowing ‘the bloody doors off’ and even better at it now … now that I am a master of The Way of the Smoker with my Smokedo! and if you want to know what that is – just type Smokedo into the search box or into Google and you’ll enter a new world.
My name is Mike Semple Piggot – I do the sensible stuff in Law review sections, commentaries and podcasts on the Charon blog and my free Contract and Sale of Goods Act books and recorded lectures are my other website Insite Law magazine
And.. I founded BPP Law School with BPP Holdings PLC in 1990 … and still retain an interest in all legal education. I am non-aligned and independent. I work for myself.
I have returned to live out the remainder of my life in Scotland. I am a Scot and went to Glenalmond in Perthshire for school. I am living in Perth – but may move to the smaller town of Crieff, some 11 miles or so away – a particularly beautiful town. The Pirate flag on my header is blue – a play on Scotland’s flag, the saltire.
As it Happened I did not move to Crieff. I moved to Scone – pronounced Scoon – 2.5 miles from Perth. Scone is a small village with one shop, one pub and a marvellous duck pond full of ducks and gulls. The ducks are friendly. regular readers of my blog will know that I particularly like ducks. I even enjoying eating duck when I go to Chinese restaurants. The Scone ducks are, however, safe.
Prone to tilting at Windmills….