Monthly Archives: December 2007

Partition, 1947

Borders are scratched across the hearts of men By strangers with a calm, judicial pen And when the borders bleed we watch with dread The lines of ink across the map turn red. ~ Marya Mannes, Subverse: Rhymes for Our Times, 1959

Benazir Bhutto assassinated

A suicide bomber, apparently. A BBC obituary is available here. Large numbers of other people – particularly security personnel – were also killed. Bhutto was campaigning in the lead-up to Pakistan’s first democratic elections in some time, and after the lifting of Pervez Musharraf’s state of emergency. UPDATE: Earlier this evening, I had to pick […]

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat…

…Please put a penny in the Old Man’s hat. One thing that’s taken some getting used to around these parts is the short Christmas/New Year break, even for students. I wound up on December 15 and will be back in harness by January 6 – and Oxford is notorious for its short, intense terms. Edinburgh […]

Like a wounded bull

Stephen Warne has drawn my attention to an interesting article in Justinian, a subscription only journal for lawyers. In the article, the author draws a comparison between pirate ships and law firms: US economics professor Peter Leeson…recently wrote a paper on The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization. Pirates created highly successful criminal organisations, and […]

Would the last one to leave please turn out the lights?

Apparently, Will Smith aspires to be the biggest male lead in Hollywood, and I am Legend is essentially a Will Smith star vehicle. It’s a very effective star vehicle, too – he curbs his natural cockiness and portrays ‘the last man on earth’ and his steady mental disintegration with consummate skill. Unusually for Hollywood, it […]

No wonder I cancelled my subscription to The Age

I’ve been a bit out of it lately; no time to read blogs or newspapers much. And I cancelled my subscription to The Age when we moved hoise. Why? Because they keep publishing stupid opinion pieces by authors like Catherine Deveny and Tracee Hutchison. I think the final straw was Deveny’s opinion piece about changing […]

Plagiarist law students, beware…

A friend sent me this interesting case, Re Legal Profession Act 2004; re OG, a lawyer [2007] VSC 250. It concerns both fitness to practice law and plagiarism at university. In my first year of teaching, I was shocked to come across what appeared to be plagiarism (material which seemed to have been copied verbatim from the Internet). […]

Astro Girl triumphs

I’ve got a job for next year. Phew! It’s still just a contract job, but it’s great to have some security!

How the mighty may fall

I’ve never received a speeding ticket. Indeed, until this year, I was such a goody-two-shoes that I had never even received a parking fine, but the exigencies of working, mothering and studying forced me to take parking risks that I would never have previously taken, and I have received 2 parking fines in 2007. It’s […]

A mild case of sesquipedaliophobia?

Usually, no one could accuse me of sesquipedaliophobia. I love long words. In the car this morning, I was thinking about unusual words which I love: crepuscular, schadenfreude, ghyll, avoirdupois, lamellar, peripatetic, fulgent… However, I don’t usually drop those words into my academic writing. I recognise that they are unusual words, and that there may […]