Thursday, September 30, 2010

Law and Disorder reviewed in The Solicitors Journal

Great review of Law and Disorder in The Solicitors Journal by Martha Swann. You can read it here or see below.

Law and Disorder - Confessions of a Pupil
26 September 2010 Tim Kevan Bloomsbury

When I landed my training contract I was so enthused that I went through a stage of purchasing a library of legal books off the internet, as you do.
One of the books was BabyBarista and the Art of War. This has now been republished under the title Law and Disorder – The BabyBarista Files with a funky new cover to appeal to the masses ahead of a second book set to be published next year.
It was definitely one of my better purchases – as a trainee solicitor I quite like getting a glimpse of what life might be like in chambers as it seems much more… how shall I say this… exciting than my life behind a desk building forts out of files. I therefore cannot vouch for the book’s accuracy, but I can vouch for its humour, wit and brilliant plot.
If you’ve ever read the BabyBarista blog, formerly in The Times and now featured in The Guardian, you’ll know that it has sharply drawn characters with appropriate monikers. BusyBody and OldRuin are two examples – guess what those characters are like. They all work together (or at odds with each other) in a London chambers.
The book focuses on BabyBarista’s pupillage year and the fiercely competitive nature of the pupils as they try and learn their trade while simultaneously battling it out against each other to try and get tenancy.
This brings me to the rather obvious book review question of whether or not I would recommend this book to my friends, my colleagues and to you, dear Young Lawyer readers. I would.
I suspect I am biased as I love the blog (I even am sad enough to follow BabyBarista on Twitter) and I found the book hilarious.
When I enjoy a book I tend to read it in one fell swoop, as I did with this one. So, go and buy it. Even if you’re not familiar with the blog this is a brilliant introduction to it. I just hope you’ve got a spare moment to read it in between job applications and all that photocopying you’ve been asked to do...

Postscript:
Martha Swann is a trainee at Stone Rowe Brewer

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Please sponsor local vet Rachel Kyle

My good friend and my dog Jack's vet Rachel Kyle of Argyll Vets is running the London Marathon next year and has pledged to raise £2,500 for the Princess Alice Hospice. It's a fantastic cause and an enormous amount of money to be aiming for and so every penny counts. Please do consider sponsoring her at JustGiving.com (just click this link).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Has The Times' paywall started leaking?

Having blogged for The Times for three years, I resigned several months ago due to their introduction of a paywall. My reason was simple: less people would now be able to view my blog. I concluded that 'inside the paywall no-one can hear you scream'. Given that Rupert Murdoch apparently sees the iPad as the saviour of newspapers I was therefore fascinated to find that The Times' blogs are not even included in the content provided. I was also interested to discover today that unlike the other blogs Mary Beard's excellent A Don's Life continues to appear outside the paywall but on a Times-branded site. Is this the first leak from the paywall? You can read her blog here.

Untested tranquilizer circulates at Yale Library

Funny piece from The Yale Law Library.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Superheroes in court!

There's a piece about an exhibition at Yale University entitled 'Superheroes in court! Lawyers, Law and Comic Books' in The New York Times.

Friday, September 17, 2010

RIP Lord Bingham

Very nice article in The Guardian by Afua Hirsch about the great Lord Bingham.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Introducing The Real Boar Co - providing wild boar meat in England

Having eaten wild boar meat in Portugal in the past and absolutely loved its rich flavours, I was really delighted to stumble upon an English company which is now both rearing and selling this wonderful meat. They are called The Real Boar Co. and their website is here. I can already recommend their Wild Boar Salami with Sloe Gin and am about to order some of their meat.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cambridge ousts Harvard as best university

According to The Guardian, Cambridge University is now officially the best university in the world.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Bristol-based food blog

Please note that the blog mentioned below has now (October, 2011) changed it's name to South West Foodie and is at www.southwestfoodie.com.

Heads-up for a new Bristol-based food blog A Foodie's Guide - Brizzle and beyond. It's definitely written by someone who's passionate about food and quick to praise what's good. But there is also a sharp eye for the over-priced and the sub-standard. Must be fun to write too! You can read it here.