Category: Personal


Please be aware that the following video is religious in nature.  However it does contain an important message about Christmas that can be applied to all regardless of whether you are Christian or not.  Please take a couple of minutes to watch it.

Thank you.


Some of you may have noticed some downtime on my blog today. This was due to the representatives of Elish Angiolini QC, Lord Advocate, requesting that my blog be suspended due to an alleged terms of service violation.

The violation related to an article that I published in good faith regarding alleged actions taken by the Lord Advocate in regards to her previous position as an area Procurator Fiscal.

This was published in good faith based upon information obtained from a legal magazine of a good reputation as well as other sources. It has since been shown that these allegations were false.

Ms Angiolini was not involved and this was, I believe, implicate in the original article. I did note that the Ms Angiolini was appointed after the decision was taken, but that those reporting the alleged crimes were contesting this. The purpose of my article was not intended to damage or impugn the reputation of Elish Angiolini, Queens Counsel. I never believed that Ms Angiolini QC was involved in such a cover-up and I felt that it was a significant story in which the timeline of events were unclear.

That aside, I have been informed that these allegations were unfounded and have removed the article in question. It was not my intention to cause Ms Angiolini any distress, defame her character in any way or lead people to believe or think that Ms Angiolini was in fact involved in these activities. If this has happened, then, I sincerely apologise for this.

My blog is purely a place for my ramblings and where I post legal, political and other stories that have grabbed my interest or attention and I always publish things in good faith. I shall continue to publish in good faith and correct inaccuracies where they are identified. I always try to act in a way that is fair, reasonable and reliable and to my regular readers I apologise for falling far short of my usual high standards on this occasion.

Coming Soon

I’m still alive. It’s been rather busy here. On Monday I started my new job. It’s totally different from what I am used to, but I have a feeling I am going to enjoy it. Everyone seems dead nice and friendly, which is always a good thing.

With regards to University I have decided that I am not going to apply for Social Work. Instead (due to financial pressures) I will give my two outstanding modules a bad in the 2010/2011 academic year via distance learning (i.e. do it all from my parents’ house). To keep my hand in at it all (and assisst with passing next year) I am going to spend this year really trying to get to grips with Contract Law which will hopefully make passing next year at my final attempt more probable.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I have some interesting things that I want to blog about, so stay tuned for that!

Criminal Justice Series 2: My Verict

I watched all of the series again this year.  I felt that the first series was better than the second to begin with; however, I think that the second series came back at the end and was equally as good, if not better than the first.

Bent coppers aside (why do these things always have at least 1 corrupt police officer – or if not corrupt at least heavily misguided), I think the programme was a fair representation of the difficulty these types of cases come with.

What next? (Part 2: The Decision)

I have taken a big decision:  I am giving up the Law (at least for just now).

My plan is to move back to my parents’ house and have a year out from university, working full time.  The aim is to get a job that will allow me to be in a financial position to begin studying full time again in September 2010.  Those of you following me on Twitter may have noticed a mention of UCAS several hours before this post went up, so I am sure that you already had guessed that my future lay elsewhere.  Now you are about to find out exactly where I hope that future lies.

I have decided to try and get into a Social Work degree for September 2010.  What does this mean for the blog?  Well I will endeavour to keep blogging and commenting on key political and legal issues from Scotland, the UK and around the world.  Then, come September 2010 should I get into Social Work there will be the student dimension added back in as I record my experiences as a Student Social Worker.

As for the Law, I’m not sure if I will ever return to it.  I may do at sometime in the future; I never rule anything out completely.  Maybe, being a Lawyer is not for me and that I’m just to be content with my interest in the Law.  The time I have spent studying it has been an amazing experience and I have a pretty good grasp of the legal system and the complexity of legal decision making:  something which I am sure I would never have been able to truly understand without having spent this time studying Law.

What Next? (Part 1)

I have some thoughts about my immediate future.

At the moment, I think the best thing for me to do is to move back to my Parents’ house in Homecity and seek full time employment, on a temporary basis anyway.  I know that I want to return to Anytown in the near future.  Moving home would allow me to get my finances sorted out quicker and easier.

As far as University is concerned, I still have (under the Academic Regulations) one further attempt at my Contract Law module.  At this moment in time I am not in a position to re-do that semester again.  Here I have the option to defer for a year and hopefully in that year I will have been able to get my life sorted out to the point that I could afford to have that final attempt at the exam.  Or I could just give up and withdraw totally from university and figure out what else to do with my life.

I hate all this uncertainty.

Moment of truth approaches

Next week it would appear is the big week for me.  At some point next week (hopefully Monday) the re-sit results for Anytown University will be released and I will know in which direction I am heading.

Financially it is very difficult at the moment, but if I have passed my re-sit exam and progress (at long last) to my third year I will be able to plug the hole in my finances with one (or more) of the many financial hardship options my uni has.  If I don’t, then I’m still going to have roughly the same outgoings and will not have access to this wonderful stash of money and will need to find it some other way.

So fingers crossed that it all goes well and I’ll be continuing with my degree, otherwise I will be in a spot of trouble.

Prison Service Application Update

Well, today I received a letter from the Scottish Prison Service.  It read:

Thank you for submitting our Written Exercise as part of the Prison Officer (operations) recruitment process.

I am pleased to inform you that you have successfully passed stage 3, Written Exercise and we would now like to invite you to attend an Assessment Centre.

So, next Wednesday at 9am I start a 3 and a half hour Assessment Centre with the Scottish Prison Service, which comprises the formal interview (panel of 3), a verbal comprehension test, a numerical reasoning test and the dreaded fitness test.

It is the fitness test that I am most worried about; going by the practice papers for the two tests they are pretty easy.  The fitness test comprises of the bleep test (something which I thought I’d left behind me at school), upper body strength assessment (holding onto a “violent prisoner”) and a mile and a quarter run (for which one has 10 minutes)

So, yeah, I am totally hyper at the minute.  What started out as some random, un thought out job application has now turned into something serious that I actually want and will be devastated if I do not get it!  I was literally bouncing off the walls when I read the letter!

Back to Work

Well, I’m back to work tomorrow after nearly three weeks off sick.  I’m going back to a new job in a new department with a new manager.  I have worked in this department before, but not as a Team Leader.  This could be interesting, but I really don’t want to go to work tomorrow.  I need to find a new job in a new company!