Archive for July, 2011

Weekend video: ‘law vs justice’

July 30, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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RIP The Rev Dr John R W Stott CBE

I was so very sad to hear about the death of The Rev Dr John R W Stott CBE earlier today. I had the great privilege of getting to know him in his later years and he was truly an inspirational man. A prodigious theologian and an incredible evangelical both here and abroad, on a personal level he was gentle, kind and above all humble.  He had a great love of nature whose beauty he described as “a manifestation of the glory of God”. In particular he was an avid bird-watcher and through this communicated the gospel in ‘The Birds Our Teachers’ in what he light-heartedly called ‘orni-theology’. He was a great man who shepherded many people into the fold of the church. I will miss him very much. There is an early obituary in Christianity Today.

July 27, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: ‘Lucky Jim’ by Kingsley Amis

Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain’s new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons. As long as Jim can survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch’s, deliver a lecture on ‘Merrie England’ and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch’s awful son Bertrand.

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July 27, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 25th July 2011


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including Lawyers Uncovered. He also does the cartoons for BabyBarista and has had two more excellent books published recently: 101 Ways to Leave the Law and 101 Uses for a Useless Banker. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

July 25, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: ‘Yes, Minister on the EEC’

July 23, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: ‘Billy Budd’ by Herman Melville

Melville’s short stories are masterpieces. The best are to be appreciated on more than one level and those presented here are rich with symbolism and spiritual depth. Set in 1797, “Billy Budd”, Foretopman exploits the tension of this period during the war between England and France to create a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy and great pathos that explores human relationships and the inherently ambiguous nature of man-made justice. Tales such as “Bartleby”, “Benito Cereno”, “The Lightning Rod Man”, “The Tartarus of Maids or I” and “My Chimney”, show the timeless poetic power of Melville’s writing as he consciously uses the disguise of allegory in various ways and to various ends.

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July 20, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 18th July 2011


This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including Lawyers Uncovered. He also does the cartoons for BabyBarista and has had two more excellent books published recently: 101 Ways to Leave the Law and 101 Uses for a Useless Banker. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

July 18, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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A very sad day for English justice

I see that The Guardian law section have reported that for the first time in English legal history a judge delivered her own verdict on a serious criminal case after having dismissed the jury. This followed an allegation of jury tampering having been brought to her attention. As I argued in an article for the same section of The Guardian last year the provision which allows such judge-only trials should be abolished. It is sad to see that not only hasn’t this happened but that it has now been used. Perhaps almost as sad is quite how little coverage this received in the press.

July 16, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Review of ‘Law and Peace’ in Daily Mail

Many thanks to Wendy Holden of the Daily Mail for the following review of my book Law and Peace, which is available from Amazon.co.uk

More slimy clerks crop up in Law & Peace, the second novel to emerge from The Guardian’s BabyBarista blog. Written from the male barrister’s perspective (again by a real-life wig-wearer), this funny, sharp account of backstabbing Bar life makes a great companion volume to Ophelia and comes highly recommended.

 

July 16, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: ‘Rumpole V Bullingham’

July 16, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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