Break over

OK. That was the break that was. Time to return to blogging. It’s not that I feel, at this particular moment, I have so much I need to say. (Give me a platform, and I’ll put the world to rights with just one speech? I don’t think so.) It just feels right. But let’s be careful out there, for it can be a dark, dark, world.

24 Elul 5775

I have Yahrzeit starting tonight for my mum. I don’t think I have ever blogged about it before, and am not sure why. (Plenty of material for analysis there, methinks.) But, whatever the reason, I wanted to mark this one. To put it shortly, although it happened a long time ago, it still hurts.

Last throw of the dice

For me, it’s the last blog post about the 2015 election – after this, posts will be about the election result. (Scary, man.)

However, there’s just time to follow up the Ynet post (here) with a look at the opposing press faction, the resolutely pro-Bibi Israel HaYom.

Frankly, I’m underwhelmed by today’s front cover. Maybe there will be a real attempt to motivate voters tomorrow. But this is almost neutral, and quite pedestrian:

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The translation of the main headline is:

Right – or left

Not exactly stirring stuff.

And while I am here, note Israel HaYom‘s electoral coverage banner, and how it relates to the Ynet version (seen in this post):

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You can click the picture to see a larger version.

Interesting approach.

Life as a lawyer can suck

Every year, Roll on Friday does a sort of alternative Firm of the Year competition for the legal profession. It’s primarily different because they ask the people who work inside the firms to rate them. Of course it’s anonymous…

However, despite its unscientific nature, there are certain recurrent themes at certain firms. After leaving the profession, based on what I knew then, when I read the ratings and the comments, they were not out of place. They may have been embarrassing for the firm management. (Or not, since some law management teams were (and are) arrogant beyond belief.) And there seems little doubt that the regularly under performing  firms have sometimes made an effort to put things right.

So, while it is no surprise that behind the flashy front office, life as a lawyer can suck, take a little time out to look at some of the comments from this year, here.

Here’s a taster:

Motivational Speaking Award

“The partner who likes to give tours of the building, pointing out non-lawyers to their guests and calling them ‘the overheads who don’t make us any money’ won’t be winning any prizes for motivational speaking.” Nabarro

The really funny aspect? To this ex-lawyer, it sounds exactly like the thing a numpty of a lawyer would say. And not in jest.

The next time you meet a lawyer, you may see him or her a little differently.

Cereal offender

One morning this week, I had to drop my car off at the garage for a service. I walked home.

It was still before 8.00 AM, so the school traffic – vehicular and pedestrian – had not yet cleared.

As I passed by a local school, I saw one young girl walking towards me. She was wrapped up against the cold – as she felt it! – and making steady strides despite the ominously large backpack she was carrying.

Even more impressive, was that she was making her way while eating her breakfast cereal.

No, not out of a packet.

No, not out of a bottle.

Out of a bowl.

She was playing the perfect part of a pedestrian, while spooning out her breakfast cereal, and eating it on the go. And nary a drop was being spilled.

I’m not sure if it is appropriate to criticize her for being late, or commend her for her practical approach – and skill. But at least I now understand why the kids need to have such big schoolbags; it’s for their school stuff, and their breakfast bowl and spoon! Come to think of it, maybe there was a big box of Rice Krispies in her schoolbag…

Interrupted service

The break in blogging has not been caused by the Gaza situation – although I have had a few diversions to bunkers, here, there, and other places. There’s been a problem with my hosting service. This is the first time in a week I have been able to access my site. And I had so much to say…

70 years ago

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Was the D-Day invasion the beginning of the end for the Nazi regime? I’m not sure it matters. The Allied soldiers fought bravely, and died for a noble cause. We should never forget their sacrifice.