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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Walking in the heir

Prince William has spent a night sleeping rough in an event organised by a charity for the homeless. William slept in a sleeping bag near Blackfriars Bridge in central London last week, as part of his role as a patron of the Centrepoint organisation. He said he could not “even begin to imagine what it […]

See the other side

Legal Eagle’s post on Lisa Pryor’s rather misguided criticism of the lawyerly tendency to see both sides of an issue got me thinking about the essence of one’s occupation as a lawyer. I think being able to see that the other fellow has a point is often part of it, although things like a careful […]

Pin Striped Prison

I’ve just read The Pin Striped Prison by Lisa Pryor (2008, Picador, Pan Macmillan Australia, Sydney). Pryor was a law student who now works as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Pryor is exploring a number of questions: what drives young people to want to become lawyers? Why do many lawyers decide it is […]

Gay Gareth

Former Wales and Lions captain Gareth Thomas has broken one of the major taboos that surround sport by revealing he is gay. The 35-year-old joins stars like basketball’s John Amaechi and hurling’s Donal Og Cusack who have come out. “Just because you are gay, it doesn’t mean you fancy every man who walks the planet,” […]

Snatch and grab

An octopus and its coconut-carrying antics have surprised scientists. Underwater footage reveals that the creatures scoop up halved coconut shells before scampering away with them so they can later use them as shelters. Writing in the journal Current Biology, the team says it is the first example of tool use in octopuses. One of the […]

Wowsers are Winning

Here at Skepticlawyer we’re shocked to see that the wowsers have apparently won the battle over compulsory internet censorship. The Age reports: The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the […]

An appeal to my American readers…

This is a fairly blatant exercise in tourism blegging, so if you don’t live on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, then feel free to ignore it. I will be attending a conference in Washington DC from 19-21 February, 2010, and (having done this once before) would like to avoid flying across the pond, staying […]

BLiar: Warmonger by his own admission

It would have been right to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein even without evidence that he had weapons of mass destruction, Tony Blair has said. The former UK prime minister said it was the “notion” of Saddam as a threat to the region which tilted him in favour of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. […]

…But not when you’ve been drinking

Via Dave Bath comes this u-beaut collection of science stunts, all of which look magical but aren’t really. Some of them, I suspect, require rather more practice than the presenter admits, but even allowing for that, a great deal of fun can no doubt be had.

TV Tropes: or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the WikiWalk

If this headline means nothing to you, it’s because you haven’t yet discovered this site, which is a thing of beauty, wonder and sunk costs. Yes, you read that right. It’s so amazing it represents sunk costs in advance, which is supposed to be impossible, but I know exactly what will happen to those of […]