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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The year in review

It’s fair to say that this blog, although newsy, is not a news site. It represents the eclectic contributions of a group of people with disparate interests to whatever happens to take their fancy. Fair and accurate, yes (lawyers tend to be paranoid about this sort of thing), but comprehensive and unbiased, no. To that […]

‘That’s what the faeries sent you’

The above was an oft-repeated observation of my mother’s, whenever some of what a Buddhist would probably consider karma landed in my lap after I’d been a bit of a shit. Among Europeans, the phrase (and the reaction) seems to be commoner in Celtic cultures, although I’m sure it has its residues elsewhere. To that […]

So, Sandy Hook II

A friend who works in the City sent me the picture on the left; it is an advertisement for the Bushmaster .223, the rifle used in Sandy Hook. He’d attached it to a report indicating that Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns much of the Freedom Group–of which Bushmaster is part–was trying to […]

So, Sandy Hook

Today, as promised, I’m going to talk about Sandy Hook Elementary. I’m also not going to provide you with any easy answers or solutions. This means that if you don’t want to acknowledge the grim reality that public policy is hard, stop reading now lest you get to the end of this piece and find […]

The unforeseeable plaintiff

Making sense of the world requires–nay, demands–that we find patterns in events. And, as part of modernity, we’ve become used to the clear-headed, formalised pattern-finding of law and science. There are ways to look for explanations, and things that ought properly to be discarded along the way. That’s why we have ‘legal method’ and ‘scientific […]

Apologies and the law: Alan Jones again

one thing I don’t need is any more apologies i got sorry greetin me at my front door you can keep yrs i don’t know what to do wit em they don’t open doors or bring the sun back they don’t make me happy or get a mornin paper didn’t nobody stop usin my tears […]

Nothing is in walking distance

I recently moved moved house from inner Western Melbourne (Seddon) to outer Western Melbourne (Truganina), hence my absence from blogging. The most direct way to the nice new house (and it is a nice new house, a vast improvement on the decrepit dump my housemate and I were previously renting) is along a road which has […]

Lumley v Wagner: The Nonperformance of the Cantatrice

I love cases. I simply love cases. I love the drama of them, and I love to go hunting for extra facts about the case. The case of Lumley v Wagner (1852) 1 De GM & G 604; 42 ER 687 involved Johanna Wagner, a famous German singer (and the niece of Richard Wagner). She […]

Bomb Sight

An interactive map showing the location of bombs dropped on London during World War II has been created. It reveals the devastation caused by the Blitz over eight months. The year-long project, called Bomb Sight, was devised by a team from the University of Portsmouth using data from the National Archives. The website and android […]

Letter from a former slave to his master

Today I came across an interesting post, via Letters of Note, which details a letter which a former slave, Jourdon Anderson, wrote to his former master, Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee. Colonel Anderson had written to Jourdon Anderson, requesting him to come back to work on his farm. According to sources of the […]