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If only I could find my training shoes

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I’m not a runner. I can’t think of anything worse than deliberately choosing to go out to pound down a pavement in my running gear, crippled with a stitch, sweaty of groin, moist of brow, with that hot coppery sensation of burning lungs struggling against cold air. (Ah – the memories of P.E. at school. What a joy it is to have escaped that misery.) However, I don’t live a million miles away from where this Parkrun malarkey has been taking place. I’m astounded at the extent to which the public seem to have got their knickers (or should that be leotard?) in a twist over this. What I’ve really struggled with is why the public has reacted in the way they have. The parish council never said to Parkrun, or its members, that they couldn’t run in the park. They simply said, you can either pay a nominal fee for running together as a group – to cover hogging the changing facilities, showers etc. – or you’ll have to run in the park as individuals. Personally, as a pedestrian who chooses to us…

BHS - circling in the drain

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In the background at work today – one of the perks of having duel screens and nobody sitting behind me - I’ve been following the Guardian’s live commentary on the unfolding BHS administration crisis. Following and grimacing, that is. Here are some excerpts. [The Guardian’s] financial editor Nils Pratley has some stern words of advice for Dominic Chappell, boss of BHS owner Retail Acquisitions […] Nils notes how Chappell is “crassly missing the required tone” when he writes in an email to staff: “I would like to say it has been a real pleasure working with all of you on the BHS project, one I will never forget.” “No, Mr Chappell, BHS was never a “project” for the staff. It is how they earned their living and made plans to fund their retirement,” writes Nils.Exactly. This isn’t just an academic talking point for 11,000 people – it’s their livelihoods. Which reminds me.  As a student nearly ten years ago, my partner had a troubling (yet fortunately brief) experience working for BHS in th…

And you thought lawyers were weird…

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Or at least spoke in an anachronistic manner. Personally, I think the police are worse, what with their painfully guarded style of thinking and speaking and sometimes bizarrely formal vocab and phrases. I’m sure we’ve all seen news interviews with investigating officers which border on farcical for the terminology they insist on using. No doubt that ‘police speak’ is a required element of the curriculum at Hendon for all would-be police officers. From the Law Society Gazette 11/04/16: [In 1932] the Solicitors’ Journal, complaining about ‘police speak’, noted that: a scratch was ‘an abrasion’; a bruise, ‘a contusion’; ‘assistance was procured’; and a policeman never missed an opportunity of ‘using a word with a Latin root’.[A ] Justice of the Peace complained that a policeman never found people quarrelling, there was always an ‘altercation’. He never ‘asked’ but ‘requested’.A parson, even wearing his dog collar, was only ‘a gentleman of clerical appearance’.A young constable reporte…

How a solicitor could save your driving licence

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Guest Post So you’ve joined the ranks of thousands of other motorists who’ve been charged with drink driving. Although you may think it’s the end of your hopes and dreams for the future, all is not lost. By hiring the kind of solicitor who knows their law on this subject, it could not only save you from a disqualification but also time, money and stress . Click here to find out the limits across breath, blood and urine in England and Wales Here are some of the ways that a motoring solicitor could save your bacon. 1) They can explain your charges in plain EnglishThere’s a lot of jargon where drink driving law is concerned, and it can often leave you confused about what your actual charge is. A drink driving solicitor will be able to explain everything to you simply, and answer any queries you have regarding your charge. For example, people can get confused over the difference between being “drunk in charge” and “drink driving”. You may not be aware that you can be arrested and cha…

Legal blogging – its downfall and (supposed) resurgence

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Believe it or not – and I, for one, certainly don’t believe it – legal blogging is experiencing a resurgence. A resurgence?  In legal blogs?  Really? Where’s this taking place, then? ‘Cause it’s certainly not on the web. Still, Nick Holmes pretty much nails what I think is largely behind the downfall of legal blogging (or blawging as it was once known): What has changed fundamentally is the nature of the ensuing conversation which formerly took place in the comments sections on blogs. Whilst popular sites, such as national news sites, garner sometimes thousands of (generally [edit – invariably] tedious) comments, most niche blogs receive very few (though better value) comments. The conversation these days has been sucked out of blogs and takes place mainly on Twitter and other social media, so the profile of your blog does depend a lot on your social media “reach”, but that’s another story.(Emphasis added) And, as painful as it might be to hear, he (quite rightly) picks up on the fact…