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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Royal Wedding Special

UPDATE: But sometimes, it’s just nice when the fuss is all over…

Crowdsourcing bleg – getting lawyers to think creatively

Law is a conservative profession. There is a reason why a large number of us still dress in clothes associated with the 18th century, and it isn’t because barristers’, advocates’ and judges’ kit flatters anyone, male or female, fat or thin. It’s because, in the law, when it ain’t broke, lawyers are disinclined to fix […]

Happy Heffalump

I’m not usually prone to the twee or the ‘soft focus’ news story, but this baby elephant (which, incidentally, already weighs 350kg) is just so damn happy to be cooling off that I thought I’d share. Tuluba is a resident of Vienna’s zoo, and Austria’s spring has started with a bang (it’s been warm in […]

Tribes and Tribulations

If I were an indigenous person trying to make life better for my people, I’d prefer that my cause not be “adopted” by one particular side of politics. Once you get adopted by one side, the other side won’t look at your legitimate claims and grievances, regardless of how much merit they have. Just look at the recent furore involving […]

The Moon and the Moccasin

Enjoying the peace of absent window installers this Easter Weekend (back on Monday unfortunately due to the ‘negotiable’ religious holidays of the Roman Law tradition here in Scotland) I’ve been sparing a thought for what Easter means to me as a non-religious Christian of Quaker affiliation. After a childhood of Sunday School thanks to the […]

All things pass…

… Both love and mankind are grass… When I was a child and something shitty happened (which I then complained about), my father would often point out that ‘it’s only temporary!’ At the time I hated it, in part because no-one wants to admit that great truths can also sometimes be a bit glib. However, […]

Christmas Island Riot: Now on Tour at a Detention Centre Near You!

SYDNEY’S Villawood Detention Centre last night erupted into violence with rioting detainees setting fire to the facility and forcing guards to retreat. More than 30 firefighters were battling to control blazes in up to three of the centre’s buildings after detainees gathered furniture which they lit and then hurled. The rioting followed a day-long protest […]

A sense of entitlement

Here in Melbourne, I’ve been rather freaked out by the trial and sentencing of Arthur Freeman, a man who threw his four-year-old daughter Darcey off the Westgate Bridge on what was to be her first day of school on 29 January 2009. For non-Melburnians, the Westgate Bridge is a massive expanse spanning the Yarra River […]

‘Get off my lawn’

Having put an A in the bank for my Roman law essay, and being so lazy (and weighed down with preparing for Faculty of Advocates exams) that I don’t have another blog post to hand, I thought I’d share the essay with our regulars. As people who’ve been reading my stuff since I used to […]

Because I want to…

There was an interesting article in The Australian today that the “Bright burning star at the birth of King Charles II was supernova, Cassiopeia A” but when I went looking for a better picture I found this one of centaurus instead. NASA APOD, April 13th – Centaurus Radio Jets Rising Credit: Ilana Feain, Tim Cornwell […]