Monthly Archives: April 2007


I read Tracee Hutchison’s opinion piece in The Age today. She really irritates me. Her opinions are so terribly predictable and, above all, shallow. I am so mad that I am sitting here at one in the morning typing. Hutchison’s piece is driven by her ideological motivation (which is to criticise John Howard, those who […]

Would you like fries with your writ?

Today I found this interesting post from Robert Ambrogi’s Law Sites blog. It concerns a site called “Expert Legal Advice“, where UK punters in search of legal advice call up a team of Indian lawyers in New Delhi and get advice from them. The site explains: This site has been created to satisfy the demand […]


I read in the Brisbane Times today that some poor Japanese women apparently bought “poodles” from a company called “Poodles as Pets”. As you can see from my cartoon, it was reported that the “poodles” were in fact sheep, shorn to look like poodles. Alas, it was not the Japanese women who were fleeced, it […]

The Sovereign State of I Do What I Want

With some experience in courts and commercial litigation, I must confess that my heart always sinks when I hear of a defendant who has set up his or her own country (in documents, I have seen such “countries” variously described as “principalities”, “sovereign states” or even “palatinates”). Usually defendants who take such measures are resisting […]

Genius does not equal money

A US study reportedly shows that people with high IQs are just as likely to get into financial difficulties as those with average or below average IQs. I’m glad to know that just because I haven’t made my first million yet, this doesn’t mean I’m dumb… The study confirmed previous research which has shown that […]

Coming out of the blue…

There has been much publicity in the last few days about the results of a recent survey by Beaton Consulting and beyondblue, which has established that lawyers are two and a half times more likely than members of the general public to suffer from moderate to severe depression. They are also much more likely to […]

Big Brother is watching you…

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.” (1984, George Orwell) Apparently there has been privacy problems with Channel 10’s Big Brother website. Fans are able to sign up […]

One year old!

This blog is now just over one year old! Happy Birthday dear Blo-o-o-o-og! Happy Birthday to you! It’s been lots of fun. I can’t quite believe it’s still going a year later, and that so many people read it. Thanks especially to all my readers, but also to those who link to my posts/blog, those […]

Motherhood and setting up your own business

When I first had my baby, a friend got in touch with me. “I’ve got a great business proposition for you!” she said. “Come around to my place and we’ll chat about it.” I was somewhat wary, but wanted to be open-minded. It turned out that she had recently joined a pyramid-selling organisation, and wanted […]

The biter bit?

A Chinese dissident and his wife are suing Yahoo! Inc (“Yahoo”) in a United States District Court (with the help of the World Organisation for Human Rights USA). The Complaint states that Yahoo “willingly provided Chinese officials with access to private e-mail records, copies of email messages, e-mail addresses, user ID numbers, and other identifying […]