Dubrovnik – July 2016

I was last in Croatia in 1994, and boy has it changed since then. On the search for a ‘do nothing’ holiday, we went to Dubrovnik on the coast for a beach holiday (not something I’m an expert in by any means). We left on 5th July, returning on the 12th. It was the first…

Following Court cases in real time – Causelist.org

*Warning* – out of an abundance of caution if, by any chance you are on jury service (or going to be) look away now. If you’re a barrister, don’t tell your clerks about this one. I was surprised that more people weren’t aware of the ability to track what is happening in the Crown Court…

Cereal Cafe – Brick Lane eats itself?

It’s so mainstream to bash the hipsters nowadays. Even the most tragically hip Shoreditch resident is quick to sneer at the flannel-shirted, bearded ones who scoot. But whilst the relentless cynicism is wearying at times, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a point. Sometime I had wondered if it was all a big joke. But…

Munich – December 2015

I had been to Munich a few years ago on a stag do. It was great fun, but that was not the time to soak up the cultural delights of the Bavarian capital. Now, as I’m more mature, it was time to try a second time. This was prompted, as always, by Mrs B. Perhaps because…

Should we allow all women juries?

Introduction I was doing a trial the other day when the first 9 jurors chosen from the jury in waiting were women. The prosecutor and myself exchanged an arched-eyebrow look, as it seemed a possibility that we might get an all female jury. We didn’t. Although we did end up with 10 women and 2…

Isle of Skye – August 2015

Introduction I’d been to the Scottish Highlands about 20 years ago, as well as a brief trip to Dundee in 2001, but had long wanted to go to the Hebrides. So I was quite pleased when Mrs B suggested the Isle of Skye as a destination for a slightly-longer-than-a-weekend-break there.   The Journey Due to…