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Sexist label in trousers cause a stir

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From the Telegraph 06/03/12:Some sexist 'jokes' can be funny. Others are just offensive and we shouldn't succumb to societal pressure to laugh for the sake of it[.]This weekend, as I attempted to tidy to my house, I happened to notice the label inside my boyfriend’s trousers – which he had strewn across the floor of our bedroom.Upon picking them up, to throw them firmly onto ‘his chair’, (my weekly way of telling him that he needs to put his clothes away), this large white label happened to catch my eye.While you were rifling through his pockets you mean, looking for evidence of his infidelity? :pAs expected, it detailed what temperature the trousers should be washed at. Oh, so you were going to wash them for him then? ( :p x 2 )But then, I noticed, stiched [sic] in capital letters no less, the usually inoffensive washing instructions tag, offered a rather less appropriate cleaning option: “OR - GIVE IT TO YOUR WOMAN, IT’S HER JOB”.Ouch. Buckle your chin strap – this is go…

Goodness Grapetious Me!

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From the Metro 22/03/12:  Bus driver Michael Shephard claims he lost his job – for eating a grape.
Michael says he was dismissed by National Express after he was seen on CCTV eating fruit. The 66-year-old admitted he was in his cab at the time but the vehicle was stationary. Correct form of the word ‘stationary’ there. Score 1 for the Metro! ;-)  Mr Shephard said: ‘I am so angry. I thought I would be given a disciplinary for eating a grape but not sacked. ‘I don’t eat or drink while I am driving but I was just sat at the bus terminus for a few minutes. ‘I had a heart bypass 12 months ago and the medication dries your mouth out so I need to have a sip of water or a grape every hour or so. Everyone needs to, “wet their whistle” occasionally! I’d be interested to know the National Express’ policy is on this - are drivers prevented from taking a sip of water whilst parked up as well?  What about gumming on an opal fruit starburst?‘There were no passengers on my bus and nobody saw me s…

Fine print lawyers have all the fun...

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Over at Big Legal Brain (3 words which rarely go together my experience) I stumbled across a question and answer session with Greg Coughlin, who’s styled as “America’s Foremost Fine Print Lawyer”.For those of you who are a little puzzled, it is a genuine niche; it’s a kind of ‘what-it-says-on-the-tin’ thing. Remember: we’re talking American law here – it’s best to go with it and not ask too many questions to begin with.Q: You fine print lawyers must be a boring lot.A: Not so much, really. Believe it or not, fine print lawyers are a pretty rowdy bunch. We take our work and craft very seriously but we party hard. There’s a guy—he used to be in-house counsel for Monsanto—who had a 120-page seed distribution contract tattooed on his ass. Except it was in fine print and it fit on a one-inch square portion of his right cheek. It was a tattoo in the shape of a Roundup Ready soybean seed. Wait, it was his left cheek. It was actually done very tastefully.I’m not convinced the act in question i…

Fraudulent case whips up a storm

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From the Telegraph 01/03/12:A mother has been jailed for claiming she suffered whiplash injuries in a fictitious car crash after her insurers took her to court in the first case of its kind.Samina Bashir, 28, admitted making a fake declaration for more than £5000 in damages after lodging a claim that she was in involved in a three-car pile-up, the High Court was told.Her husband, Faisal Rauf, 27, was also jailed after he supported the family’s false claim that they were involved in an accident in Handsworth, Birmingham, on January 6, 2008.In the first case of its kind, insurers launched a private prosecution against the couple for contempt of court after officials discovered the accident was fictious [sic] and could have left the company facing a £75,000 payout.It seems Bashir and her family sensed the game was up and failed to attend the trial. At least she wasn’t caught boasting about her fake claim on Facebook – another favourite trick of car accident compensation fraudsters.Bashir…

The legal gravy train has been delayed

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From Roll on Friday 14/03/12: Ah to be a lawyer in America. Who doesn't watch Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, errr, Shark and dream of a snazzy corner office, sexy cases, fervent closing submissions (complete with fist waving and authoritative pacing) and a f*ck off penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park? 

But it seems the American dream might not be all that for young wannabe lawyers. An already over-saturated legal market, combined with stuffed to the brim sausage factory law schools is making for a pretty unhappy situation. And given this is America - it's litigation time. 

Attorney Jesse Strauss is taking on 14 (mostly mid-tier) law schools on behalf of unemployed graduates, accusing them of "misrepresenting" employment statistics to encourage students to shoulder mountains of debt in the naive hope of gainful employ in the legal sector.Employment stats have always struck me as something of an inexact science. Even assuming they’re accurate, they are still relat…

Wacky Searches–March 2012

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It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these posts, so what the heck: here goes.“nice loyers pens” - I’d work on the spelling first. You can worry about the cursive handwriting later. (Wouldn’t it have been embarrassing if I’d typed ‘speeling’? :p“Valentine restraining order” - and who said romance was dead.“management approach of left thigh swelling” – um, probably to grope it?

UK LLM expensive little return” - cynic!“personal injury portal instructions” - ‘pull pin and throw’?  Someone searched for this and visited law actually 5 times in rapid succession.  I sense their frustration from here.“can you revise for law degree with a level books” Well, you can, but...

criminal law depression solicitors” – I blame legal aid (or the lack of it).
comic sans should only be used by girls

One of the disgusting things men do in public is men touch their crotches in public”  That’s a whole lot of public.  Or do I mean pubic?  ;-)“how to get maximum pay out for disability discr…

Toilet Trouble

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From Huffington Post 13/03/12:The capital of New Jersey is at risk of running out of toilet paper thanks to a budget stalemate between the mayor and the city council.Dear oh dear. That could lead to some sticky tricky situations in cubicles throughout the Garden State’s capital. Oooh.  [Where’s that steaming pile of sh*t emoticon when you need it?]Supplies are already desperately low at government buildings including City Hall and according to Bloomberg News, there will be none left at all by March 16, unless the expense is approved.Adult nappies at the ready, then.George Muschal, who represents the city’s South Ward said the council is also concerned the Mayor did not solicit bids from Trenton-based suppliers and voiced suspicions that Mack’s paper order had been unnecessarily large because employees could be stealing the products for use at home.Stealing toilet roll? Oh I can’t believe that! That’s something I would never advocate. Ahem.But what about a ‘bring your own’ policy to er…

Sofa Surfing turns deadly

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I’m not sure if this has passed me by until now, or it genuinely is a new (albeit crazy) pastime.  I’ve certainly not seen any instances of it on the roads over here; I don’t think it’s the type of thing I would have forgotten.It’s possibly even more ridiculous than this. From Sky News:A young man has died after crashing into an oncoming car while "surfing" on a sofa being towed behind a van.Francois Halle is believed to be the first victim of a craze called "couch surfing".The 22-year-old was riding on a sofa, which had been placed on top of a sled and tied to the back of a van in Canada.Mr Halle was killed when the driver lost control and the sofa swung into the path of a car going in the opposite direction.A 21-year-old man has been accused of dangerous driving, causing death, fleeing the scene of an accident and criminal negligence causing death, CBC News has reported.I’ve never had much of a sense of adventure, but surely there are less idiotic and dangerous w…