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…

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…

Poland October 2014

Introduction I’ve recently come back from Poland [by ‘recent’ I meant I started to write it, but then forgot] from a weeks holiday (half term) and have decided to do a little write up. This is more of an aide-memoire to myself as I had been there several times previously (1994, 1997 and 2009), all…

Police Officers and juries – an update

      Introduction¬† Just call my Mystic Meg – back in November 2012 I confidently predicted that the ECHR would hold that police officers would not be permitted to sit on juries. Since then we’ve waited for a decision. And waited some more, and then finally on 9th December 2014 the case of Armstrong…

The World Cup in Languages

Introduction This is a blog about law and maths. It set out to be about mathematical law, but that got mainly sidetracked by the LAA and all the nonsense coming out of the MoJ (and that’s a whole lot of nonsense). It’s most certainly never been a blog about football. But, as I pointed out…