Archive for September, 2011

Testiculators, blamestormers and seagulls

OldSmoothie was in the clerks’ room this morning reading out an email that he’d received. “It has a few new words which I thought might be applied to lawyers. The first is the blamestormer who sits around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.” “Solicitors, […]

September 30, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Sponsored blog post: Advice on Evicting Residential Tenants

The current European sovereign debt crisis has greatly added to the economic uncertainty initiated by the 2008 credit crunch. As a result job losses are again on the upward march. These macro-economic events, coupled with a reduction in housing benefit payments and an increase in residential rental rates, have caused more and more tenants to […]

September 30, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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The house always wins

I overheard my solicitor giving another of his clients advice today while I was at court. “The good news is that I’ve finally managed to get OldSmoothie to review your case.” He hesitated whilst the client looked up at him hopefully before continuing: “The bad news is that he says you’ll lose.” The client looked […]

September 28, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ by Paul Torday

“A brilliant satire, leavened by genuine passion for its protagonist and his sport” (REBECCA SEAL OBSERVER ) “A delight … Paul Torday’s sparkling debut uses spoof parliamentary papers to tell a splendidly dotty tale” (SALLY COUSINS SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ) “Utterly charming and extremely funny” (IRISH TIMES ) Available from

September 28, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Skypecast No.6 with writer and philosopher Andy Martin

This video is the sixth in what is a series of Skypecasts on this blog. Andy Martin is a writer, philosopher and Cambridge academic. His books include Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo, Beware Invisible Cows: My Search for the Soul of the Universe and the forthcoming The Boxer and The Goalkeeper: Satre vs Camus. He […]

September 27, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons, 26th September 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 […]

September 26, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Weekend video: ‘This Life -S1E1 -part one’

September 24, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Roll on Friday review of ‘Law and Disorder’

Very many overdue thanks to VultureCulture at Roll on Friday for reviewing my book Law and Disorder. You can read the review here or below. You can buy the book at Tim Kevan has numbered the ranks of the legal bloggers for over three years now. The former barrister pens the musings of a […]

September 22, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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Poem about the riots: ‘A victim of his Era’ by James Woolf

The following is a poem by poet, playwright and children’s author James Woolf who can be contacted here. A Victim of his Era Frank was sent to jail last week for some burglary or other He blames it on his barrister, I blame it on his mother He says his counsel knobbled him to accept a […]

September 22, 2011 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Book recommendation: ‘The Warden’ by Anthony Trollope

The tranquil atmosphere of the cathedral town of Barchester is shattered when a scandal breaks concerning the financial affairs of a Church-run almshouse for elderly men. In the ensuing furore, Septimus Harding, the almshouse’s well-meaning warden, finds himself pitted against his daughter’s suitor Dr John Bold, a zealous local reformer. Matters are not improved when […]

September 21, 2011 · babybarista · Comments Closed
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