Tag Archives: London

The London Olympics – My Part In Its Downfall: Part Two

Having won the bid, the initial euphoria diminished somewhat. Beijing still had to host their games and there was sure to be a lot of controversy there. In addition, in typical British ways, as soon as we’d done something successful … Continue reading

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Walking With Rosie #bookreview #the rosieresult

I did a daft thing a few weeks ago; I signed up with the Long Distance Walking Association to undertake their 3rd Capital Challenge. Starting at St John’s Church Waterloo it circumnavigates some of the best bits of London’s green … Continue reading

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Out Of Place

I had two experiences this week that, in their contrasting ways, made me feel both good and awkward and almost certainly said more about me than anything else. Last Friday, I took part in a demonstration outside Parliament. It was … Continue reading

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It Shouldn’t Happen… But It Did: The Kimono and the Awning #lawyerlytales

This is the second in a short series on some of the disasters encountered in my legal career. I mentioned it some time ago but this is the full story… I found myself in the West End, behind the Royal … Continue reading

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One London Garden: A Year Of Drought And Delight 2018 #flowers #gardens #london

So this is shamelessly self-indulgent, but if you want to experience a year in a London garden, if you want to debunk the myth about England’s constantly grey and drizzly skies, if you want to see Dog during a year of … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner – The Outdoor Life, Part Two

In part one I set the scene, of my joys as a delivery boy, here. The nadir so far as this role was concerned came in the Spring of 1980. The senior partner had a client who worked in the … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: That Outdoor Life, Part One

As an Articled clerk, trainee solicitor as it is now known, back in 1979, one of my many jobs was to act as a sort of underpaid postman. To hire a motorcycle dispatch rider cost real money, back then. What … Continue reading

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Objects Of Curiosity

Maybe it’s just me but as you wander around a city like London which has a history stretching further than a Galilean fish supper, you are constantly brought up short by things like the above. For those who can’t read … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: Part Whatever – Legal Obscurities

I’m pretty sure that, in the same way we all bleed and think education is wasted on children, the legal systems of all nations are things of devilish contrafabulations. They are developed to confuse and obfuscate. The English (and Welsh) … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner – Living On Air

The Law Society which in 1979 regulated the life of the Solicitors profession had just about begun to consider the lot of the Articled Clerk. Some people considered the Law Society to be one of the closed shops of professional … Continue reading

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