Monthly Archives: May 2013

Revolutions with numbers

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford in Norfolk in 1737 and died in NYC in 1809 and is credited with being the inspiration behind the decision which led America to secede from Britain.

Paine had an extraordinary life. Starting as a corset maker by trade, he emigrated to the USA and participated in the revolution there. Despite his nationality and his inability to speak French, he became a member of the National Convention in Paris at the time of the French Revolution.

He was also the author of a number of highly controversial and influential pamphlets such as The Rights of Man in support of the French Revolution and Common Sense in support of American independence from Britain, which led John Adams to say:

without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

Even if she did not lead a revolution, Isabel Allende is a modern writer and prolific author who escaped a revolution in her native Chile when her cousin, the then President of the Republic, Salvador Allende, was assassinated in the coup which brought General Pinochet to power.   Continue reading

It never rains in Southern California!

I have come to the conclusion that California is like that! By that, I mean that it makes you forget everything else. It is a place which seems to have the power to consume all the senses, and I am not referring here to the readily available “medicinal marijuana.”

Spending a few days in California recently, I now realise that it is almost a month since I last posted. No excuses, except that California does that to you and then there are always other things to distract you when you are there and when you return. What we did not have was rain and not even a hint until I was on my way to the airport for the return journey. More than can be said for the UK this month!

You know you have come to the right place when you see on one street corner the names of eight of the world’s best known law firms: Continue reading