As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been scarce over the last few weeks. This is because I went to London, Ontario to attend the Obligations VI conference (which covers private law: contract, tort, unjust enrichment, property, trusts, equity etc). The theme of the conference was “Challenging Orthodoxy”. If you know anything about legal academics, you’ll know that we weren’t too shy to rise to that particular challenge! Naturally I presented a paper based on the work I’d done in my book, with some updated content. It was a good conference. I enjoyed all of the presentations I saw, and I got to catch up with a lot of academic friends whom I only see at these conferences. I refer to and repeat my comments about private law made in the wake of the Obligations IV conference: private law oils the wheels of society. It is really important that our private law operate justly in order for our society to run fairly and smoothly.
I went exploring in the woods around. I noted that they looked oddly like the kind of woods that form alien planets in the Stargate TV series (hmm, I’m guessing that’s filmed in Canada).
Yeah, that last one is a rather blurry photo of a wild turkey, which really did say gobble gobble as it skedaddled away (much to my delight).
A bunch of us also braved the drive to Niagara Falls. Kudos to our Anglo-Australian driver who never once strayed near the wrong side of the road (and I’m glad it was he who was driving, not I). It was 38 degrees C, and boiling hot, so the spray from the falls was welcome. I don’t know if this video of water going over the edge of Niagara will work, but if it does, please do take a look – it’s simply hypnotic. [Update: click on the hyperlink, then click on the Niagara.mov hyperlink and you will see it.]
Update: Edited to add this gem from Lorenzo: