It’s that time of year again. The last college class before Christmas. Always fun, but for the hapless law lecturer it does have its hazards….. Usually I count my blessings because I work with mature students and not 16 year olds but, at this time of year, it has it’s dangers….namely the gin! Let me explain..
Law tutor has taken the plunge. Law School Online now has a Twitter account. Don’t ask me why….I’m not really sure…but, if all else fails, at least I can keep up with the rugby news! I thought I was reasonably computer/internet literate but, to be honest, much of it has me completely foxed, but I’m hoping to manage to hack my way around it.
I have just one problem. What on earth can you twitter about in 140 characters or less? I joked to a student only the other week that the current trend for dumbing down everything might lead in time to the Supreme Court tweeting a quick consensus judgment and saving on pages of legal analysis. Can you imagine Lord Atkin’s famous neighbour test from Donoghue v Stevenson being reduced to “U R liable. Pay up now. LOL”?
Concision is a virtue…but let’s keep it in its place.
Apologies to good old M&S, but I just wanted to make the point. The new pic at the top of the blog is the park itself, good old Ellenborough Park. On a nice sunny day (not that we’ve had too many of those lately) I do enjoy a nice cup of tea at the Seaquarium in Weston, where I can gaze out to sea one way and stare lovingly over the road at dear old E.P. in the other direction.
It’s not quite how I imagined it but, if you read the case (go to http://www.bailii.org ) you can find references to all of the roads and the houses involved in the original case and then you can go to Weston and walk around and look at them (and, in my case, take photographs for posterity!). It’s a very pleasant way of bringing land law to life. Highly recommended!
It’s September. The start of a new, bright term and, for millions of unfortunate college lecturers, this means a pile of admin…. For the part-time lecturer this is particularly annoying, as payment is only per teaching hour ‘to include necessary preparation, etc.’. Lecture notes, of course, take a lot of time to prepare but this is, at least, work that feels worthwhile…and for the law lecturer it allows a little indulgence to pore over a few interesting judgments along the way (hooray for www.bailii.org – an absolute saviour for those of us who do not have the luxury of a nearby law library!)
The other day I watched the Antiques Roadshow for the first time in ages…..and it’s been worrying me ever since! I haven’t watched in years but, seeing that the programme was broadcast from beautiful Bath, my all-time favourite place, I thought I’d turn on. Several days later, I’m wishing I hadn’t, because a little legal question is driving me mad….
One of the items featured a couple who had brought in a pair of antique bronze statues, of Lord Nelson and AN Other. Nelson nauticalia is not my cup of tea, but the story that accompanied the figures was interesting. The people in question had bought an old caravan to do up and had discovered Nelson and friend in a drawer of the caravan….