Monthly Archives: June 2012

Keeping up with the Joneses

Now seemingly dated, the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” was slang for the phenomenon described by certain snooty commentators who noticed that the occupants of houses in suburban streets appeared to be copying one another in the acquisition of the latest material goods. I say it seems outdated because the phenomenon is now so… Read More »

The pace is hotting up

In two recent articles to which I have already referred, His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC, the judge in charge of the Mercantile Court in Birmingham, has sought to set out his views, (some might go so far as to say his tips) on what to expect from the new regime being introduced for disclosure… Read More »

To hell in a handcart

The summer (ha ha) is a time when I often find that work gets in the way of my social life. I am sure I am not alone in that, even if the weather is more like the Falkland Islands (30 years on) than what we expect of a reasonably temperate island to the north… Read More »

Master of the Universe

Litigation lawyers and others with regular dealings before the High Court in England and Wales will be familiar with the role of the Master. Essentially, Masters deal with the administrative aspects of a case in order to facilitate its arrival at trial in good order. Our own Senior Master Whitaker is the senior of the… Read More »


When I started out writing this blog almost three years ago I confess I did not think I would still be doing it in 2012, still less that I would come to write about soteriology. I admit I had to look it up, having never heard of it before. Apparently the word comes from the… Read More »

Life on Venus, Dull and Boring

You could be forgiven for thinking that the camera man had a dirty lens, if you saw any of the pictures of Venus “transiting” the sun last week. We are becoming more attuned to astronomical phenomena these days with attention being drawn to eclipses, sunspots and craters on moons orbiting Jupiter more regularly than in… Read More »