Friday, 11 July 2008

A bit of law...


I have had the occasional complaint (but not many) that I don't do enough law on this blog. So here is link to a podcast I did with Charon QC (link to left) last night. You can listen me droning on for about half an hour about witness anonymity if you've nothing better to do. The best moment was when I clumsily clicked away a link just before Charon asked me a question on the clicked away material. I fumbled to get it back. 'Oh, light a cigarette' I said as I fumbled. Click! The Charon lighter can be heard loud and clear. Those in the know will appreciate that no Charon podcast is complete without a cigarette being noisily lit.
The picture above is called Nine Pleaders by Jedd, who is a retired Police Officer who has made a second career as a cartoonist and artist. You may recognise the character fourth from the left. The background to the picture is the now mercifully long gone dock brief system. Barristers would turn up at court without any cases and sit and wait hoping to be assigned by the court to represent some defendant incapable of paying for their representation. If selected, they went to the cash office on completing the case and were given a guinea for their exertions. If not selected, they went home - or back to chambers - empty handed. Brutal stuff...
Nice spats, though!
A short sporting digression:
Cricket: didn't England do well yesterday? 309/3 and a Pietersen ton. So much for the much vaunted South African pace attack! Okay, that's tempting fate...
Football: like all people from Leeds, my hatred of Manchester United knows no bounds - for example those of reason - but I almost sympathise with them at the moment. Almost, but not quite. Their star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo wants away to te late Generalissimo Franco's fave team - Real Madrid. Man Ure point out that he has signed a contract with them. Ronaldo complaints bitterly of 'slavery'. Excuse me??? His contract is worth over £100,000 a week. If that is slavery, bring it on!!! I further read that he is out of action for 10-12 weeks following an operation. So that's £1-1.2 million plus for hopping around on crutches. Nice work if you can get it.

6 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Law and Cricket.

Um...yeah.

white rabbit said...

C'mon Earl....

Does it for you really! ;)

Simon Anderson said...

I laughed out loud when I heard the lighter clicks. He sounds precisely like my HoC G Hyland QC, a chain smoking, wine swilling hack extraordinaire. Believe it or not, he still smokes in his room in Chambers!

Law Minx said...

Hi Bunny,
This is totally off topic, I'm afraid, but I am having horrendous problems with my blog - its been hijacked by a guy called Paul Masterson, and for the moment I can do nothing about it; my url has therefore changed - it is no longer lawminx.blogspot.com but minx610.blogspot.com, so you'll have to ammend your link to me, Im afraid!!
(*rushes off, stressed, to tell everyone else of this catastrophe*!!!)

white rabbit said...

Simon - I did bar finals with Graham Hyland - sounds like he hasn't changed!

Minx - who exactly is this Paul Masteron person and why has he hijacked your blog??? You haven't been stalking him have you? :-O

Law Minx said...

HAH! I think its the other way around!! I have NO idea who this person is, other than the fact that he apparently likes pink and wants to cut off his ningliedoo and call himself Paula.......