The Mummy Returns

Yes, back from the un-dead. It’s me. Revived by my annual strange-yet-wonderful breakfast in bed, showering of home made thingbobs and a day of the sort of domestic ordinariness that is a blessing to a mummy like me. Yes, this Mother’s Day I have taken my mummy-glory and run with it. And now the little angels are asleep, I’ve painted my nails, and I’ve ditched the prep for a fix of blogging and messing around on the internet. Because…er…I’m worth it.

Actually, I’m blogging defiantly, if a little purposelessly (can you tell?). Because I can. Because the internet is a wonderful and crazy place and I want to shout a bit and blow off steam. And because some people would rather I shut up, stopped the blogging and curled up in a corner (*waves*). And that makes me want to do. the. opposite (I can almost see my own mother rolling her eyes, that is so much like me).

So people. Tonight I don’t have much in particular to say, but I’m going to say it anyway. Ya-boo.

So…that internet. Ace isn’t it? This weekend in our house we’ve turned to the interwebs to find out how to crochet (not very successfully yet, but we’re working on it), to find out the name of that actor in that film, to amuse ourselves with hilarious conspiracy theories, to chat to long lost friends, to book a hotel, and to educated ourselves about encopresis (thank you Children’s Hospital Colorado, one 6 y/o watched your video “The Poo in You” absolutely rapt – fingers crossed). The 6 y/o is googling every question known to woman and acquiring knowledge at a superhuman rate and later this week I shall rely upon it to save my bacon in the birthday present buying rush. And of course, I caught up on the blogosphere. In particular I read a really thought provoking post on the ICLR blog : Trappists v Spinners : shaping the legal discourse, posing the vexed question “How should judges communicate with the public?”, which has led me to two most fascinating lectures, the first delivered in November last by Sir Alan Moses : WEARING THE MOURNING ROBES OF OUR ILLUSIONS: JUSTICE IN A SPIN – something which I’ll warrant has been on the bedside stand of a certain Munby P, and which in short delivers a well aimed bovver boot up the bum of the judiciary to rouse them out of their silent reveries on the rule of law and to remind them of their positive duty to explain the law and what they do and to break down misconceptions. The second lecture, also delivered last November by Lord Dyson (Master of the Rolls) : CRITICISING JUDGES: FAIR GAME OR OFF – LIMITS? reaches I think slightly different conclusions about the mechanism through which that duty should be discharged by the judiciary (in short, through an institutional response via the Judicial Press Office) than that of Sir Alan Moses – but both appear to be acutely aware of the need to engage with public debate and education in the modern digital society. However, in spite of all this significant rumination on the topic, as far as I can tell the guidance issued in August 2012 regarding judicial blogging and use of social media (about which I blogged here : Judgment without opinion remains current.

Yes, blog readers, it’s a complicated, messy world and people do sometimes talk a lot of poop about “stuff”, especially on the internet, which has a tendency to give them keyboard diarrhoea. But, as the Children’s Hospital Colorado has taught us through the power of You Tube, not pooping is not a long term option.

Brava. Exits on a cryptic poo metaphor. Job done. *air punch*

5 thoughts on “The Mummy Returns

  1. Ahh, Munby P, what is his purpose. I emailed him with my concern regarding the attitudes and use of a tool by Cafcass Cymru. I suggested that he inform the family courts that the government inspectors reports do not say that the children,s court advisor’s are as wonder full as the court thinks they are. It is hard fighting for your children with limited court time without taking on the mistakes of Cafcass.

    Also Cafcass Cymru use the Cawac tool that assist them in preparing 7’s reports is not reliable, I have strong evidence to support this. He wrote back saying it is nothing to do with him. If I have a complaint take it to the court. I have been complaining since November 2013, and still I can not get through. The Welsh Assembly had changed the Public Services Ombudsman Act in 2007 to stop me. So now I am dealing with that. The Law Commission had also made the same observation.

  2. Unsurprisingly I lean more to Moses’ viewpoint, though, notwithstanding the absence of one so far, I think I could work up a decent plot centering on Capital Gains Tax.

    I will concede that doing so for Agricultural Building Allowance would tax even my powers of imagination.

    More seriously, having spent a hefty chunk of my professional life explaining what ‘wholly and exclusively’ means to people, ranging from small business owners to very expensive lawyers with exceedingly rich clients, corporate or otherwise, I am very much aware how difficult it can be to communicate complex concepts to people in terms which they can understand.

    That doesn’t justify not trying; the media will, no doubt, misrepresent matters but that’s what they do anyway. The status quo isn’t serving anyone…

  3. I really enjoyed the Trappists v Spinners article, not least because it linked to Miller v Jackson http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/1977/6.html showing that the great Lord Denning was not above a bit of spinning himself (and also so self-evidently a lover of cricket in the opening remarks of the judgment that he probably ought to have recused himself) but it is a beautiful piece of judgment writing.

    I couldn’t actually see who was the author of that blog post, but it was excellent.

  4. Not a very legally minded post – but, I love this passage on Mother’s Day -for all those who may be finding it hard for whatever reason.

    To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
    To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
    To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
    To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
    To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
    To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
    To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
    To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
    To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
    To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
    To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
    To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day
    To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
    To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
    To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
    To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
    To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
    And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
    This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

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