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‘Holiday head’ and legal practice

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From the London Evening Standard 22/04/14:It starts with bewilderment. Then sadness sets in, followed by waves of fear. Sound familiar? I’m afraid you are suffering from a case of “holiday head”. After a gloriously long Easter weekend away from the office, returning can be quite a shock — even worse than the usual Monday misery.Holiday head. Ah – that’s what it’s called then. Glad I’m not the only one.A lawyer friend says: “All my holiday jollity and Zen ebb away as soon as I reach my desk. What rot. A lawyer who professes to be full of jollity and Zen seems pretty unlikely to me. Zen! I ask you.“There’s a general scary feeling of ‘What is this thing I do every day and how is it done?’”That’s a normal feeling for a lot of lawyers in practice, I reckon. And yes, I speak from experience.Another sufferer is so terrified of holiday head that she avoids taking time off altogether because it’s simpler than dealing with the big return. The break just isn’t worth that painful readjustment aft…

Easter eggs ‘destroyed’ by overzealous airport staff

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From BBC News 16/04/14:Children were left "devastated" after staff at Bristol Airport destroyed their Easter eggs in a security check.I think ‘destroyed’ is a bit strong. But a broken egg, is a broken egg – however you, erm, slice it.The youngsters were returning home to Italy after visiting their grandfather Tom Marsland in Cornwall when a security officer searched the bags of the children.After an Easter egg hunt with their grandfather the children collected six Easter eggs which they planned to take home.But during a search the eggs were pierced by the fingers and thumbs of a security officer.Chocolate butter fingers!Bristol Airport has apologised and said a full internal investigation is due to take place.They said replacement Easter eggs are also due to be sent to the children.Good show.Airport security staff aren’t particularly known for their delicate touch and sensitive nature. Still – at least the eggs weren’t left to the mercy of baggage handlers!  They’d have been…

Court stenographer apes Jack Torrance from The Shining

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Well, in some respects.
From the New York Post 03/04/14: An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.Heeeres Johnnny!  The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage. One high-level source said his “gibberish” typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals the chance to claim crucial evidence is missing. A source familiar with the case said Kochanski’s transcripts of that trial were a total mess. “It should have been questions and answers — instead it was gibberish,” the source said. And in a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a sou…

How to Protect Yourself from Money Laundering

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Guest PostGraphic from: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/Credit-cards.jpgPurely by providing your bank account to facilitate money laundering, you’re acting illegally. Unfortunately, ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law, leading to potential jail time, unless your money laundering solicitor provides a credible defence against your apparent misdemeanours. Be wary of any job offers that have come from nowhere, especially if they are based overseas – you will struggle to verify their legitimacy if they’re not based in this country. Always check that the company that you’re dealing with is legitimate and trustworthy. Never give away your bank details to an organisation that you don’t trust and know. As soon as you start feeling suspicious about money laundering, contact your bank. If you’ve been given an opportunity to make ‘easy money,’ it’s likely to be too good to be true. Although each job position may be advertised differently, you will specifically have to…