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The silly season is evidently upon us if we’re back to chasing Lord Lucan.

Mr Woodgate also pointed out he was five inches shorter than Lord Lucan and, at 62, is 10 years younger than the aristocrat would be now....

“[Retired Scotland Yard detective Sidney Ball] told me that I was not Lord Lucan. I said ‘I know that’,” Mr Woodgate said.

I wish people would tell me I'm not Lord Lucan more often.

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The goat a man was ordered to marry in Sudan has died, apparently after eating a plastic bag, and not before she, err, gave birth to a kid. What caught my attention was that this became one of the BBC's biggest stories ever, so far as the internet new site is concerned. Truly we live in the end times.

At some point I may return to posting more than random linkage. Just not yet.

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... and, yes, they're going to have a baby,,,


Apr. 13th, 2007 11:13 pm
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For all of us who occasionally dip into the Have Your Say section of the BBC News Site and watch in horrified fascination, there is now Speak You're Branes (though the address, "" is possibly an even better title.)

A collection of ignorance, narcissism, stupidity, hypocrisy and bad grammar.

All the comments quoted were found on the BBC "Have Your Say" site. Yes, people really have written them. On purpose as far as I can tell.

(Via Booklectic)

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When asked to pick up a brief at 5.30 for a hearing the next day, shortly before a bankholiday weekend which the IS is taking off for just as soon as he's bunged the papers on the fax (a few hundred of them, in no readily discernable order), always assume it is going to be a fucking hospital pass.

Heigh ho. It's rare to seek light relief in a High Court judgment on appeal from the VAT Tribunal but Mr Justice Mann has doubtless added much to the sum of judicial knowledge in his judgment in Spearmint Rhino v. HMRC. Apparently dancers at Spearmint Rhino are not agents of Spearmint Rhino (or employees, so far as individual lap dances are concerned), which is thus not obliged to pay VAT on the provision of their services (bearing in mind that "it was not submitted that the [various transactional] documents were in any way a sham or failed to record the true relationship between any of the parties" on which point I wouldn't dream of commenting). It does occur to me to wonder whether any of the dancers themselves are over the VAT threshold and thus liable, but I guess probably not, unless they're in very high demand.

At the start he refers to the gaps in judicial knowledge left by Sutton v. Hutchinson, an even better case where Ward LJ started off with: "The appellant is a lap dancer. I would not, of course, begin to know exactly what that involves. One can guess at it, but could not faithfully describe it. The Judge tantalisingly tells us, at paragraph 21 of his judgment, that the purpose is "to tease but not to satisfy"."

and then continued with the almost too clichéd for belief story of how:

By about the end of 2002, or early in 2003, the appellant seems to have begun to tease the respondent. He, being a rich businessman, sought, no doubt, to enliven his lonely evenings in London by seeking entertainment at the Spearmint Rhino club in Tottenham Court Road where the appellant was then employed. Having been tempted, he managed to obtain her telephone number and invited her to dinner. It was not exactly the traditional boy meets girl, "Let's have dinner, darling" kind of invitation. It was an invitation which she accepted, but entirely on the basis that she would be there as his escort and, as his escort, she would provide the services of companionship and amusement, but for a consideration. That consideration would amount, according to the judgment, to perhaps about £700 or £800 a night for the pleasure of her company at dinner. But the arrangement was made on a number of occasions and, as they went on, the relationship changed and at some time early in 2003 it is common ground that the services included sexual services, for which even more money was paid as a consideration. Whether or not rule 2 of the Spearmint Rhino club had been breached, requiring that you could get no satisfaction, we do not know and fortunately do not have to decide.

... Ultimately the claimant wanted some of his money, which he said was a loan, back. Later on Ward LJ observed that "One may ask, how on earth does a case like this see the light of day?". Indeed. Utterly bizarre story.

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Lorry carrying Cadbury's chocolate eggs worth approx £70k stolen.

I'm not sure quite why this sounds like the set up for a lame joke, but it does.


Mar. 8th, 2007 11:39 pm
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Via Anarcha: lawyer applies for extension due to drink. I wish I had the nerve to do something like this, but I think there are precious few judges in England who'd take it. Certainly in the Chancery Division. Well. Maybe one or two.

Somewhat staggeringly, it appears the motion was granted.


Dec. 13th, 2006 06:23 pm
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Someone has created an anonymous journal to preserve for posterity yesterday's bizarre account of "My Tornado Hell" in the London Evening Standard. It takes rare genius to cause me to lose sympathy for someone who has, after all, seen their home destroyed, but she almost manages it... Every sentence a gem, though the narrow frontrunner is probably:

"He said we could stay in a hotel. Adrian explained that there is only one hotel in London: Claridge's. Simon did not demur. And he loved what's left of our specialist-polished plaster walls".

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V. good article by Daniel Davies on Comment is Free about the desirability of stasis. With particular reference to large public sector IT systems, but his points apply across the board:

"The phrase "The status quo is no longer an option" is reliably the leper's bell of the modern managerial idiot. It is almost always wrong. Like Status Quo, the status quo is often vastly underrated simply because it is unfashionable. The great thing about the status quo is that it is not any worse than the status quo. Surprisingly few proposals for "radical and far reaching reform" can actually beat this standard."

Comments also worth reading, including in particular DD:

"If anyone thinks I posted this purely in order to start a flamewar with BBC Micro owners, you are right. Face it, your games sucked. Your Dunlop and Fila trainers were crap too."

(It makes sense in context.)

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Via The Sharpener:

The Times:

The Prime Minister's wife reportedly left the conference centre in Manchester this afternoon saying, "Well, that's a lie", just as the Chancellor was saying that it had been a "privilege for me to work for" Mr Blair

Assuming she did say something of the sort (and it should be said she is denying it) I am slightly confused by the semantics. It may be, as it seems to have been interpreted, a criticism of Gordon Brown. But it could equally well be a criticism of her husband, no?

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The Today presenters seemed to have difficulty avoiding cracking up when covering this story this morning. Particularly given the introduction by a sample of regional "moos".

As I write Basil the Cat is looking sceptically at me from across the room, where he has taken up residence on my wig and gown. I only let him in out of the kindness of my heart, given it was pissing with rain. I forgot this was the same Basil who occasionally disappears for weeks on end and, once all hope seems lost, turns up having a luxurious break in some City office and saunters back into the Green.

Mitch Benn

Aug. 16th, 2006 02:03 pm
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Via Neil Gaiman, so most people will have seen it anyway, Mitch Benn's Myspace Page"

Including The Myspace Song and "I May Have To Murder James Blunt".

I may just have to murder James Blunt
He's an evil...
and no I must confront.."

In vaguely similar vein, Adam (as in "And Joe") Buxton has some good stuff on YouTube.

Yes I am very juvenile.

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The caption of this image on the BBC's Pictures of the Day is "Shortly before 9am, Heathrow was partially closed to flights other than those already in the air."

If that's a sensible caption for the picture then this police officer's stop signal is, err, obviously directed at pilots of planes on the ground. In New York. I fear she may be a tad optimistic.

ETA: Elsewhere the BBC reminds us that "Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is in charge of the day-to-day running of the country." Honestly, don't they know better than to raise panic levels at a time of crisis?


Aug. 5th, 2006 12:53 pm
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Is it just me or did the sculptor of the cherub in the background to this photo (prob easier to see if viewed full size) have a certain sense of humour when making his cherub decent with the aid of the ram slung over his back?

[Poll #786302]

Moving Up

Aug. 2nd, 2006 11:54 am
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I now receive spam from bespoke tailors with royal warrants offering home or office visits. I am unsure whether this is progress.

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Geeklawyer tells the story of:

Judge Florentino V. Floro Jr of the regional trial court in Malabon City [who] managed to remain in office for seven years despite changing his blue court robes to black every Friday to ”recharge his psychic powers” and professing the assistance of three invisible dwarf friends named Luis, Armand and Angel…

And then Judge Florentino V. Floro Jr replies in the comments. (Well, he says it's him, Geeklawyer says it's a Phillipines IP address, and I'm going to believe it because it's funnier that way.)

And someone else asks if they have red beards (cf Cocklecarrot J.) Splendid.

I Bet

Jul. 4th, 2006 02:55 pm
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From The Lawyer

A challenging opportunity has arisen for the urgent recruitment of a qualified commercial/ corporate /projects lawyer, who will act as senior legal consultant with an international consultancy practice based in Iraq. The successful candidate will be engaged in very exciting work in numerous sectors.

Perfect for any lawyer looking for adventure and the chance to escape the monotony of a conventional law firm. Pay and benefits will be extremely good and the work will be demanding and very interesting. The premises are in a secure location.

There are secure locations in Iraq?

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Via Slashdot:

Avista Management Inc d/b/a Avista Plex Inc vs. Wausau Underwriters Insurance Co. (CNN)

June 7, 2006: 12:58 PM EDT
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff's Motion to designate location of a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition (Doc. 105). Upon consideration of the Motion – the latest in a series of Gordian knots that the parties have been unable to untangle without enlisting the assistance of the federal courts – it is
ORDERED that said Motion is DENIED. Instead, the Court will fashion a new form of alternative dispute resolution, to wit: at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, June 30, 2006, counsel shall convene at a neutral site agreeable to both parties. If counsel cannot agree on a neutral site, they shall meet on the front steps of the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, 801 North Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida 33602. Each lawyer shall be entitled to be accompanied by one paralegal who shall act as an attendant and witness. At that time and location, counsel shall engage in one (1) game of "rock, paper, scissors." The winner of this engagement shall be entitled to select the location for the 30(b)(6) deposition to be held somewhere in Hillsborough County during the period July 11-12, 2006. If either party disputes the outcome of this engagement, an appeal may be filed and a hearing will be held at 8:30 A.M. on Friday, July 7, 2006 before the undersigned in Courtroom 3, George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building, 80 North Hughey Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801.
DONE and ORDERED in Chambers, Orlando, Florida on June 6, 2006.

They'll be needing this


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