Late Life Crisis - June/July 2019

I have returned to the style of title I used when starting these pieces. It has been suggested that I am not grumpy as such, and perhaps that is so, if one can distinguish between grumpiness and having a slightly sceptical view on aspects of  life. So anyway, that's it.


The Great Northern train saga continues. There appear to be no more of the new trains than when I last wrote on this. I wonder if it is like buying a new home and redecorating each room as and when you have the money


Brexit and Legal Assurances

What of the papers circulated by the Government last night? Answer: the EU still has plenty wriggle room in relation to the backstop.

Warning: this is written without going back into the detail of the withdrawal documents already in play, although a good enough job can be done looking at the most recent material self-standing. And this is written without knowing the conclusions of the "Star Chamber".

As ever, the devil is in the detail.

Late Life Crisis - February 2019

Teaching a class of millenial lawyers and doing some work on the use of social media by law firms, I did a straw poll to see what the delegates were using personally by way of social media platforms. Roughly 80% said that they used Instagram, but only 20% said they used Facebook, and again only 20% for Twitter. Interesting.


Late Life Crisis - January 2019

A correspondent to an etiquette advice column complained that whenever she attended the theatre with a man over 60 he would fall asleep, and she sought advice on what to do. The expert suggested packing a small bottle of smelling salts, pungent but apparently still legal, and wafting it under his nose at the critical moment. Those of us of a certain age should take note.