Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book recommendation: The Two-Sided Man: A Selection of the Short Stories of Rudyard Kipling by Brian Harris OBE, QC

Somerset Maugham once described Rudyard Kipling as ‘our greatest short story writer’, adding, ‘I can’t believe he will ever be equalled. I am sure he will never be excelled.’ Known by many only for The Jungle Book and the Just So stories, Kipling’s range was in fact much wider. Most readers will be familiar with his stories about India and many know of his adventure tale, ‘The Man who would be King’ which was made into a record-breaking film, but how many are aware of his horror stories like ‘The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes’, his ghost stories like ‘They’, his mystery stories like ‘The Wish House’, his revenge stories like ‘Dayspring Mishandled’, or the enigmatical, ‘Mary Postgate’? All can be found in this anthology of sixteen of his favourite Kipling stories. It comes with an introductory essay by Brian Harris setting the author against the background of his family, his school and his times, confronting head-on such issues as his political and religious views and his supposed racialism. After posing the question, why should we read Kipling today, Mr Harris answers, ‘Here is someone who paid the respect that is due, but not always accorded even now, to the alien, the poor and the oppressed. As the unofficial spokesman of the greatest empire in the history of the world he described accurately and sympathetically the lives of the peoples living under its jurisdiction. Though no orthodox believer, he prized and in his writings illustrated the great Christian virtues of charity, compassion and forgiveness, as well as the more modest British virtue of toleration. Nor is it possible to read his stories without being surprised by the light they so often throw on the eternal mysteries of love, pain and loss. Ultimately, however, we read him, as our parents did before us, for sheer enjoyment. The Two-Sided Man comes hard on the heels of Mr Harris’ anthology of Kipling’s poetry (‘The Surprising Mr Kipling’) Available from Amazon.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Legal Advice for Pedestrians Hit by a Car

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When you're visiting the scenic Oregon coast or sightseeing in bustling Portland, summertime can be quite crowded in the Beaver State. With more people, there's always a greater risk for unfortunate accidents to occur. Many cities in our region are walker and cyclist friendly, but in the blink of an eye, disaster can strike when motorists are not exceedingly careful on the roadways and in crosswalks. Oregon personal injury attorneys see a slew of pedestrian related lawsuits each year, and they can help you learn who is responsible for injury and damage in the event of a tragedy. 

Oregon Pedestrian Accidents
Anyone who has experienced--and survived--being hit by a car knows it is a downright terrifying and life-changing ordeal. When you are seconds from possible death, the last thing on your mind is a lawsuit. Still, people who are lucky enough to walk away from a car-on-pedestrian accident should know their legal options and go about protecting their best interests after a near-deadly collision.
Your health is always of the utmost importance, but if you have your wits about you in the moments after being struck, there are a number of things you can do to ensure the best possible outcome if you have to sue for damages. Remember that it is a person's lawful responsibility to demonstrate caution when he or she poses a threat to the community, and in this case, someone wielding a two ton car will always jeopardize a person on foot. Most importantly, consulting with Corvallis attorneys will help give you a comprehensive understanding of how the law comes into play in a pedestrian accident. 

What to Do If You're Hit by a Car
1. Keep the driver on the scene. It's not to say that most folks would flee the scene of an accident, but in reality, many victims assume they are fine. The initial shock and humiliation of being hit confuses people, and if they don't feel immediate pain, they insist it's no big deal. Once a driver makes his or her way off, though, it may be too late. Oregon personal injury attorneys recommend that once you are safely out of the street, do all that you can to keep the other party present. No matter how minor your injuries may be, people with broken ribs, knees, and other major afflictions may not know it for hours. 

2. Ask witnesses to stay. Minor car-on-pedestrian collisions occur most frequently in places like parking lots, where there are lots of people present. Even if the event seemed negligible, calmly request for observers to stay with you. Their perception of events will be much clearer than yours, and if the driver does not cooperate, witnesses can help your case in court. 

3. Always call the police. In order to seek damages for your medical bills, loss of income, pain, and suffering, you need a formal documentation of the event. Even if you're not sure who is at fault, calling the police to the scene is of absolute importance. If anything, they can ensure your physical safety. In the best case scenario, the police report will help you make a case for compensation if the driver is in the wrong. 

4. Take pictures and keep careful records. If you are well enough to move about while waiting for law enforcement, capture your surroundings including the motorist's license plate, car, street signs, and anything else that might serve as evidence in a later court battle.

5. Always see a doctor or go to the emergency room, depending on the severity of your injuries. Victims of accidents are often so upset and distraught that they convince themselves they will go later, but if you wait too long, your records may not hold up in court. Once you seek prompt professional medical care, keep an immaculate paper trail of all your accumulating bills and other documentation relevant to your injuries. 

6. Finally, seek legal advice if you want representation or feel you can't compete against the insurance company alone. Experienced Oregon personal injury attorneys like those at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield offer expert insight on how to build a solid case in the event of a minor to severe run-in with a motor vehicle. As the victim of an almost tragedy, don't be afraid to advocate for yourself and for what you rightly deserve. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book recommendation: To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback by Harper Lee

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition. Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book recommendation: Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories by John Mortimer

Forever Rumpole - a hilarious new selection of the very best Rumpole stories by John Mortimer. Horace Rumpole lives alongside Mr Pickwick and Bertie Wooster as one of the immortal comic characters in English fiction. With his curmudgeonly wit, his literary allusions, his disdain for personal ambition and his lack of pomposity, he has, in the words of the Daily Telegraph, 'ascended to the pantheon of literary immortals'. Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Book recommendation: May it Please Your Lordship by Toby Potts

Toby Potts has just qualified as a barrister and is about to embark on a career in one of the world's oldest professions. Stirring speeches to rapt juries, triumphant press interviews and enormous fees paid by grateful clients. he can see it all. But unfortunately, he has reckoned without Judge 'Bonkers' Clarke, The Honourable Mr 'Sourpuss' Boniface and a range of other equally terrifying, grumpy and borderline insane judges - not to mention tricky solicitors, bent coppers and dodgy defendants. Available from Amazon.