Monthly Archives: May 2012

Someone grew up watching The Goodies. A lot.

Year Zero, or all Revolutions Devour their own Children

Few people are aware that it was murdered Sturmabteiling (SA) leader, Ernst Röhm, who quipped — apparently just before his execution during the Night of the Long Knives — that all revolutions devour their own children. His papers, discovered after the War, reveal that he thought this observation applied to all revolutions. There was no ‘good’ […]

Common law and statute

So if one asks a student or a teacher of the law of obligations, “Which do you prefer, statutes or cases?”, the answer will almost invariably come back, “Cases, of course.” Cases have immediate human interest supplied by the facts; and the reasoning of the judges, while often complex, satisfyingly leads the reader from the […]

Zoetrope cakes

Via Cake Wrecks, I became aware of these wonderful zoetrope cakes. Yes you read that correctly. Go have a look! [vimeo 42706538 w=400 h=300] There’s another lovely one at Cake Wrecks, but I can’t get it to embed…go check it out…

Guest Post: Fat and Simple

[SL: This great piece by our redoubtable admin, Jacques, came up on my facebook news feed this morning, and I thought it deserved wider prominence. Yes, it’s about food and dieting, but gets there by means of a great deal of interesting industrial technology and very cool diagrams. In the meantime, I will be back […]

What is this thing called property?

My nomination for the most misleading metaphor in modern philosophy is John Locke’s notion that, in a state of nature, one mixes one’s labour with something to rreate property. In John Locke’s words: The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out […]

You break it, you’ve bought it…

… or the really disturbing origins of performance contracts: A text with which those of us who teach Roman law like to tease our students is Gaius, Institutes, 3.146. Gaius poses to his students what appears to be a hypothetical problem. If I provide gladiators to you on the understanding I get 20 for each who […]

Massive Staines

The Surrey town of Staines has officially changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames in an attempt to boost its riverside image. Councillors voted for the change last year after the town became synonymous with Sacha Baron Cohen’s spoof rapper Ali G. The name officially changed at 14:00 BST and followed a day of celebrations, including a regatta, […]

‘Does it count?’

Maybe it’s just me, but I find the piece excerpted below (in HuffPo) rather disturbing, along with the revelations that the same thing is going on in Australian schools. It is less common in Britain; parents are more likely to tell the school to f*ck off, and in any case the school day is an […]