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The IT Brief

I get masses of spam e-mails from these jerks called the IT Brief in the United States.

Is there a yard dog American lawyer out there who’d like a bit of fun, by suing them for wasting my time?

He can have half he gets out of the idiots, provided they don’t send me any more spam!


February 3, 2014 Posted by | Computing, World | , | Leave a comment

The Lawyers Did Very Well Here!

This case, reported in the Daily Mail is well summed up by the headline.

The £40,000 battle of the wheelie bins: Homeowner slapped with massive legal bill after row with neighbour ends up in court

When will people ever learn, that a quick way to lose lots of money, is to send a trivial dispute that could be settled over a cup or glass of something to the lawyers.

The only winners here are the lawyers, who walked away with bulging trousers.

December 18, 2013 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment

Dull-As-Ditchwater Television

The BBC has just started broadcasting proceedings in the Court of Appeal.

Judging by the excepts I’ve seen, I shall not be watching. It must surely rank for exciting content with BBC Parliament.

Why is the BBC wasting our licence fees on this dross?

The test card and Cambidge University’s first webcam, were much more interesting.

I did here a rumour that the Security Services wanted this coverage, as it is ideal to show to reluctant suspects.  After a few hours of programmes such as this, they usually decide to tell everything.

November 2, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , | Leave a comment

Up Front Solicitors

You can’t get more up front than this display.

Up Front Solicitors

Up Front Solicitors

Did they really have a television programme?  I wouldn’t have seen it, as I don’t watch television with adverts unless it’s must-see sport.

So did they trouser a few bob out of it all?

October 1, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

An American Import We Don’t Want

This story, entitled US shops and restaurants fight patent trolls, caught my eye. Here’s an extract.

Patent trolls take out generalised patents, often on widely available technology, and then demand money from companies who use or offer it.

Shops and restaurants have been targeted for displaying QR codes and online store-locators, say the groups.

The real trouble is that the US has too many lawyers, who think that everybody else owes them a living. I’ll update an old joke.

What do you call a million  American lawyers at the bottom of the sea?

A good start!

August 31, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , | Leave a comment

Foreign Libel Cases Are Still Held In London

Despite the new Defamation Act on which I talked in this post, individuals and companies, who are not ostensibly UK-based, continue to fight libel actions in the UK. Here’s a case reported on the BBC web site.

I can’t say I object to this, as I suspect a few nice fees are trousered by a few lawyers and hopefully, they’ll spend it in the UK to give employment to tailors, builders and a few other trades.

The problem comes, when these sort of cases are pursued against a small individual, like an impoverished blogger, who perhaps has said something like Liberace couldn’t play the piano.

June 13, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , | Leave a comment

The End Of The Beginning

Last night, I went to the  celebration party of the Libel Reform Campaign at the FreeWord Centre in Farringdon. For a start, I liked the board outside the venue.

Free Word Of The Day

Free Word Of The Day

Ostensibly it was to celebrate the passing into law of the Defamation Act of 2013.

But there is still work to do. They gave out a flyer last night, which stated these loose ends to be tied.

  • We need clarity that the new statutory public interest defence will not lead to the importation of the problems of the Reynolds defence.
  • We are still awaiting new court procedures which must provide for early strike out of trivial claims along with the Government’s plans for costs protection.
  • We need the regulations and procedures to accompany section 5 on internet publication to deliver an effective defence.
  • The Northern Ireland Assembly has failed to adopt the Defamation Act.

My support has only been moral and financial in a small way. But if you read this blog you will find many stories where libel has been inappropriately used to suppress views or information.

As the post yesterday about Nespresso showed, big companies and powerful individuals, are not slow to use the law to protect their interests.

Hopefully though, the Defamation Act 2013 will have removed one of their most effective weapons, the inappropriate and threatening use of the law of libel.

We are in for some interesting times, as the lawyers of the powerful, search for new ways to suppress the truth.

But perhaps the biggest lesson of last night, was that a well-organised campaign, with the support of decent and right-thinking individuals, acting in the public interest, can successfully drive from conception to execution, by using the Internet and the media, and motivating the general public to push their legislators hard.

Similar tactics were used by the Lighter Later campaign, but sadly that well-run campaign I supported, was killed by the dinosaurs in Parliament. The difference was probably that, the Libel Reform Campaign had the backing of all three political parties.

The trouble is that some groups may use similar tactics and methods to stop projects and ideas, that most believe should be implemented. Two that come to mind are the cancer database announced yesterday and HS2.

If I was to propose a campaign, it would be one to make the UK fully metric. That will never happen.

June 13, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

C Would Have Been Very Happy Tonight!

C did many divorces and in quite a few, she was acting for a wife, whose husband had hidden most of their joint assets in companies, overseas or other inaccessible places. After those cases, she generally came home angry.

But now after the case in this BBC story, things should be different.

And rightly so!

June 12, 2013 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

A Take On Bankers Worth Reading

This blog post on bankers is worth reading.  Two of my least-favourite politicians get the treatment with no holds barred.

Read it! If I paraphrased it, I’d reduce the quality of the criticism.

June 12, 2013 Posted by | Business, Finance | , , , | Leave a comment

Nespresso Is The Apple Of Coffee

Not my statement, but something that was hinted at in an article in The Times.

I don’t drink much coffee and I always wondered about Nespresso, with its expensive advertising. If it was that good, why don’t I see more machines in peoples’ houses.

It looks like they’ve got a marketing philosophy based on a cheap machine and expensively-packaged coffee.

I tend to avoid machines in the kitchen, as you have to wash them up and except for my cooker, microwave and fridge, I only use three pieces of electrical equipment; a kettle, a toaster and a Kenwood chopper, which was heavily promoted by Delia. I do have a dishwasher, but I don’t use it, as it was wrecked by the tenants, who lived here before I bought the house. It just doesn’t get anything clean, whereas my Mark One hand and a gammy one, perform the task well.

So when I see that Nespresso, a subsidiary of Nestle are involved in a legal spat with Mondelez,  who in my book are still called Kraft, as I do here on Reuters, I know that there can only be one winner, the lawyers. And the poor old consumer will pay for it all in higher prices. So Nespresso is a product to avoid!

Incidentally, both companies are on my avoid lists, as they don’t in my book publish full and detailed information on gluten about their products.  I also don’t like Nestle’s stand on powdered milk for babies and who would buy anything from the company that made its name with sliced cheese. Other companies in my avoid group are Mars and in fact any company, where you can’t find the gluten-free information easily on their web site, or if you’re in the shop, on the packaging.

June 12, 2013 Posted by | Business, Food | , | 2 Comments


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