Blawg Review #226 is up at Pink Tape, a blog from the family bar in the UK. It's full of ribald British humour, talk of nudity and the escapades of Geeklawyer but, alas, no mention of Bunny, whose appearance in Blawg Review is long overdue.
It's not just a blog carnival; it's the law! ~ a fool in the forest
Blawg Review #225 reminds us that this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which became synonymous with the name Woodstock, a music festival billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.
VENI, VIDI, VICI. "I came, I saw, I conquered". Sounds pretty macho, huh? But there's a gentler side to it. First, as a Human Being, and a lawyer, are you prepared to meet the challenges before you? Second, can you think and develop a strategy to survive, prosper and get what you want in life and law? Do you have the right Tools? Third, can you Act? Do you have the sand, the spirit and the moxie for the Arena?JD Hull, February 4, 2008, on What About Clients?
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Blawg Review #224 is written by Tim Kevan, a British barrister and professional writer, indeed, a published author. His first novel, recently published by Bloomsbury, BabyBarista and the Art of War is based on this blog he writes for The Times. He is also the co-author of Why Lawyers Should Surf. Tim lives by the sea, goes surfing at the merest hint of swell, and is a co-founder of two businesses. You can follow the adventures of Tim and his surfing puppy, Jack, at The Barrister Blog. To buy a copy of one of Tim Kevan's books click here.
by Colin Samuels
[T]he ordeal through which the Bar Council continues to force its brightest and best.... A sort of upper-class reality show in microcosm every one of your foibles will be analysed and where a blackball system exists so that if you annoy one person, you're out. [Y]ou're playing to the lowest common denominator. Attempting to be as inoffensive as possible in the sound knowledge that it won't be the votes in favour that get you in but the lack of votes against.The novel's principal characters come to life without intrusive exposition. BabyBarista is spare with details of his own situation, but what he provides to his friend, Claire, to his mentor, OldRuin, or directly to us serves to illuminate the financial desperation which drives him to succeed in his pupillage both by displaying his own merits and by subtly destroying his fellow pupils' chances. His three (later four) co-pupils seem at first to be mere caricatures of familiar personalities — Worrier is details-obsessed to the point she's unable to function professionally; BusyBody's instinct to be everywhere, to have her hand in every project, and to be all things to all people makes her a whirl of unproductive but frenzied activity; TopFirst's stellar academic achievements and social connections mask a wicked soul. As time goes by, however, these characters acquire greater depth and by the time a fourth pupil-competitor joins the fray, all of their behaviors become understandable. This is not to say that they, or BabyBarista necessarily, become invariably sympathetic characters, but they become real, something mere caricatures cannot be.
At the Chicago IP Litigation Blog, R. David Donoghue hosts the Carnival of Trust for August 2009 -- a great selection of blog posts about trust, of special interest to professionals involved with intellectual property management, law, and policy.
Welcome to Blawg Review #223, from Toronto, Canada, where we celebrate multi-cultural diversity, hosting one of North America's largest and most vibrant carnivals, Caribana.
It began as the Toronto Caribbean community's salute to Canada's Centennial year. Now in its second millennium, its fifth decade and its 42nd year, the Scotiabank Caribana Festival is one of North America's greatest celebrations, attracting an estimated million participants annually. Rooted in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, it has become an international festival where you might experience Jamaican reggae, Brazilian samba or African djembe rhythms alongside Latin salsa, Haitian zouk or urban sounds, all blended with calypso and soca vibes.