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…

Adam Johnson guilty of child sexual offences 

Introduction and Facts  Adam Johnson, the Sunderland and England footballer was arrested on 2nd March 2015 and later charged with three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 (contrary to s9 Sexual Offences Act 2003) and one count of grooming (contrary to s15 Sexual Offences Act 2003). At the start of his trial…

Cradle to Grave

Originally posted on A view from the North:
A few years ago the CPS advertised for lawyers who would see the case from “cradle to grave”. The advertisement showed a lawyer one step behind the police as they burst in through the door of the suspect’s house and then showed the same lawyer representing the…

Bratislava – November 2013

My first mini-break as a married man (as mentioned, I’m not branching out into travel blogging, just an aide-memoire to myself). I had been to Bratislava in 1997, and then for less than a day. This time was not that much longer – the first flight out on Saturday 23rd November (brutally early from Stanstead,…

Rome – February 2015

Introduction  Another half-term, another break. Basically, this is just a collection of photos for me to look back on to jog my memory as to the holidays I take. Not to be relied on as tour guide advice!   Day 1 – Valentine’s Day date night Arrived fairly late in the day. Just enough time…

Sweden – March 2013

Introduction 1st to 3rd March 2013. Stockholm, Sweden. Ground zero for social democracy, a nicer world and all round loveliness. It is a quality capital where it is impossible not to feel inadequate when surrounded by people who speak better English than you do. We stayed in a cheap hotel. Cheap and Sweden don’t always…