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Qualify as an Attorney in New York or California

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Yeah, baby. Look what gem plopped into my inbox a few days ago.  I died a little bit inside when I read it. Qualifying as an attorney in the US is an exciting career option and will enhance your CV on a number of levels. Most UK graduates with an LLB will be eligible to take the New York Bar course and the California Bar course is open to qualified solicitors and barristers of England and Wales.Great. Because I’m sure that’s exactly what the US needs – yet more lawyers in a country that’s long been lawyered-out. So, go ahead: throw good money after bad in your legal education and help the US sink under the weight of all those attorneys once and for all.  (Heck, at least they won’t be able to chase ambulances from down there!!).

Sun-seeking lawyers (and other office wallahs)

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From How to Geek: Q: It’s finally getting nice and warm out… and I’d really like to work on the terrace at my office. The only problem is that my laptop screen is barely usable in the bright light! Do you have any pointers to help me enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while still getting some work done?Working outside? Heavens to Betsy! That can’t be allowed - no matter how hot it gets.Forget all that ‘lawyers think better with a dose of vitamin D’ malarkey. The last thing a firm wants is a claim on its hands for providing inappropriate working conditions for its staff.I don’t know about anyone else, but I tend to find I’m not that productive working outside anyway. But, supposing for a second staff are allowed to nip out onto the balcony with their laptops on a summer’s day. What useful guidance does How to Geek provide for working with a laptop out of doors?The first thing you can do is avoid direct sunlight. Are you fricking kidding me?!? Direct sunlight was the reason I decamped to…

50 shades of sauce

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Brown sauce, of course.Ooh la laFrom the Telegraph 10/07/12:Raymond Hodgson, 31, was charged with common assault after being appalled to discover that his partner of five years, Emma McCormick, had been reading the racy book [50 Shades of Grey].Racy? I think that’s the least of its offences and a wholly unsuitable adjective.  Carlisle Magistrates' Court heard how their tiff over the book escalated to the point where Hodgson decided take to his revenge.In court, Hodgson pleaded guilty to the single charge of common assault."Mr Hodgson thought that the book was pornographic, and that she should not read such literature.It pains me that this utter tripe is associated with the word ‘literature’, but still.  I’d not even heard of this garbage until a couple of weeks ago; now I can’t open the Metro of a morning without seeing it mentioned somewhere."The argument continued into the following day, with the two exchanging text messages."He went to her home at 7pm on June 26 …

Police and tattoos

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I can get my head around a polar bear prancing about on a service station forecourt. I can cope with police officers snickering at the cheeky bear’s antics. But a police officer proudly bearing (ahem) his tats for the world to see whilst on duty is a step too far. I thought my beady eyes were deceiving me this morning (or wondered whether it was a dodgy print in the Metro) but oh no – this is for real. Truly shocking! I thought police forces had a policy on that kind of thing. And don’t swallow that crap about tattooed officers being able to connect and relate to younger generations more easily than their clear skinned counterparts. Strangely enough, I don’t think we should be encouraging officers to look more like the inked-up charmers who beat their mothers for drug money and generally frequent local parks looking to ‘score’. I know the police aren’t up to much in their current form, but you can’t have officers swanning around adorned with tattoos like football playersfans hooli…

Killing spam and digitising content

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That’s what I call a win-win. From BBC World Service 20/06/12: Duolingo, aims to translate the entire web with the help of people starting to learn a new language. It's a project born out of guilt from the man behind one of the most annoying features of web surfing - those online security checks involving random words. Duolingo hopes to convince millions of people to work for free and thus translate all web content in a matter of years. As a 22-year-old graduate student in 2000, von Ahn invented the Captcha - those distorted images of words and numbers used to sign in to ticketing and social media websites, among others, which users have to decipher to prove they are human.Erm, and to leave comments on blogs!  It’s a necessary evil we all have to endure to prevent comment bots leaving faux comments with hyperlinks in their name or the content of the post in the hope of adding google juice to their own sites. Sadly it doesn’t stop the human commenters doing the same thing (in v…

Meet Marmite - the Law Actually bunny

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Callsign: “the Marmster”.  Also known as, “the Fluffster”, “Marms”, “Marmy”,” Boo-Boos” and “Bunster” (don’t ask). Marmite is a rescue bunny, who’s been happily ensconced in Law Actually HQ for over 11 weeks now!!  My gf kept bunnies back in her pigtail-sporting school days, and adopting a rabbit was something we had been thinking about for a while. We bought Marmite a big double-decker outdoor hutch, but during his ‘adjustment phase’ he kind of got used to being a house bunny. He’s got a whole room to himself (as well as being free to roam generally downstairs whilst we’re about). He loves escaping into the Law Actually campus grounds garden, enjoying the fresh air and nibbling at our freshly sprouted lawn, plants and shrubs.  But he loves a good scamper up the stairs to see what he can snout up there too.  He must have been used to being largely hutch bound in his previous life as he struggled to adjust to having so much freedom (and space) when he first moved in with us. He’s set…

Updated blog theme

It must be that time of year again – Law Actually’s gotten a makeover. It’s not a massive change; it retains the same template structure but has thankfully lost the energy-sapping browns and creams of the previous design. The new style uses a background image available through blogger rather than some concoction of my own, and while a high speed train isn’t perhaps a totally natural fit, the colours work well for me. The theme remains a work in progress and I intend to add a few tweaks here and there going forward. The previous Law Actually design was always a bit of a half-assed rush-job, thrown up in response to my massive blog breakdown 12 months ago. Thankfully, this change is a happier one.  Let’s hope it remains that way.