Stationery fish and the rule of law

So, I’ve long been commenting on the fact that legal publishers seem to embrace the use of copyright-free images for their cover art. This, however, goes beyond. Surely this…thing is the product of some child-art-prodigy. An editors offspring maybe? It looks like a poor sad fish has been skewered by a paperclip.

I’m wracking my brains but I see no connection between stationery fish and the rule of law. Help me out?

41rv2mQ8s-L__SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Reinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union by Carlos Closa (Editor), Dimitry Kochenov (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (13 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107108882



The fall of the priests and the rise of the lawyers by Philip R Wood

Here’s another in my occasional series of “Law books which are slightly more exciting than most other law books”:

The fall of the priests and the rise of the lawyers by Philip R Wood
Hart Publishing Ltd, 2016
isbn: 9781509905546

Front Cover

This fast-paced, inspiring and original work proposes that, if religions fade, then secular law provides a much more comprehensive moral regime to govern our lives. Backed by potent and haunting images, it argues that the rule of law is the one universal framework that everyone believes in and that the law is now the most important ideology we have for our survival.

The book concludes with the author’s personal code for a modern way of living to promote the survival of humankind into the future.Vividly written by one of the most important lawyers of our generation, this magisterial and exciting work offers a powerful vision of the role of law in centuries to come and its impact on how we stay alive

Sounds most stirring!

Summary via NLS catalogue

Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso…

indexFor the latest instalment in my occasional series “Law books which are slightly more exciting than most other law books” I present:

Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso : A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America by Kali Nicole Gross

How’s that for a title?

aka ‘Madagascar: or, Robert Drury’s journal’…

I’ve almost finished with the ‘dusty old book project’. Therefore this, you’ll be happy to know, will probably be the last in my series of convoluted old book titles (although I make no promises). This one employs a strange and unusual definition of the word ‘pleasant’:

The pleasant, and surprizing adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his fifteen years captivity on the island of Madagascar: Containing I. His Voyage to and short Story at the East Indies. II. An Account of the Ship-Wreck of the Degrave, on the Island of Madagascar; the Murder of Captain Younge, and his Ship’s Company, except Admiral Bembo’s Son, and some few Others, who made their Escape. III. His Captivity, hard Usage, Marriage, and wonderful Variety of Fortune. IV. His Travels thorow the Island, and Description of its Situation, Product, Manufactures, Commodities. &c. V. The Nature of the People, their Customs Wars, Religion and Policy: As also, The Conferences between Some of their Chiefs, and the Author, concerning the Christian, and their Religion. VI. His Redemption from thence by Captain Mackett, late Commander of the Prince of Wales, in the Honourable East India Company’s Service: His Arrival to England, and Second Voyage thither. Vii. A Vocabulary of the Madagascar Language. The Whole is a faithful Narrative of Matters of Fact, interspers’d with Variety of amazing Incidents, and illustrated with a Sheet Map of Madagascar, and Cuts. First written by himself, and now carefully revised, and corrected from the Original Copy, with Improvements.

Drury, Robert, 1687-1734?

London : printed, and sold by W. Meadows, in Cornhill ; T. Astley, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard ; and B. Milles, in Hound-Ditch near Bishopsgate, 1743.

The course of true love never did run smooth…

Here’s another one of these amazingly in-depth book titles from my ‘dusty old book project’

The virtuous milk-maid’s garland, containing a choice collection of new songs. I. Giving an Account how a ’squire fell in Love with a young Milk-Maid, with an Account of the ’squire and the Milk-Maid’s walking in the Field together; shewing the ’squire’s Rudeness, and what happen’d after. II. How the Milk-Maid left him for dead in the Fields, by a Wound she gave him with his Sword for his Lewdness: After his Wound was drest and no Danger appeared, he sent for the Milk-Maid and commended her for what she had done; and set the Day he would marry her, which was done to both their Satisfactions, …

[Newcastle upon Tyne?, s.n., 1765?]

And the winner is… The sad history of the Faculty Mummy

Once upon a time, a long time ago (660-330 BC, to be slightly more precise) a man lived, died and was mummified in ‘late period’ Egypt. Sadly that is all we currently know about this person, but death was only the beginning of his story…

WordPress annual stats declared this to be my most popular post of 2015. I thought I’d celebrate by posting it again! Click here to read the whole story

Not the Forth Bridge Closure Travel Plan

Apologies to all the poor folk suffering because of the Forth Road Bridge Closure, but this is too funny not to share…


This diversion for cars and light vehicles travelling between Fife and Edinburgh has been prepared to minimise the disruption to people and businesses across the east of Scotland during the closure of the Forth Road Bridge. From the M90 south take the A823 before Rosyth and follow Queensferry Road to Dunfermline town centre. Follow diversion signs to the A907 and take the B913 at Gowkhall to the B914 at Saline and take Bridge Street north. Then take the B906 to the B907 to the B654 to B7077, and follow the signs to the C3P0 and on to the R2D2. About 3 miles further on you’ll come to a road block, ignore this and carry on.

When you reach a white farmhouse on your left you should retrace the road back for 400 yards then take the third road on the left, then the second road on right, followed by the fourteenth road on left. Carry along the single track road until you reach the A91 and follow this to the Park and Ride scheme at Kinross. Buses are running every 3 hours between here and the Park and Ride scheme running between Cupar and Methil from where you should be able to hitch a lift to Anstruther.

Proceed to the Smugglers Inn and ask for Big Alex. He will give you a letter of introduction to the captain of the paddle-steamer the PS Skibladner heading for Trondheim in Norway on the morning tide. During the night you must get him inebriated and during a card game persuade him to drop you off in St Andrews, from where a Park and Pogostick scheme is in operation back to Cupar.

Make your way to the car park at the back of Argos where you’ll be asked a riddle by a mysterious old crone. Answer correctly and you will be allowed to take the A914 south to Kettlebridge (answer incorrectly and you’ll be banished to the treacherous B940 east to Pitscottie). From here you should dismount and take the ancient right-of-way across the Lomond Hills to Ballingry. Take care not to stray from the path for the moors are no place for inexperienced commuters.

In Ballingry you will need to have your papers forged and convince the border guards that you are but a simple onion seller on your way to market in Comrie. Here a Park and Glider scheme is in operation to take commuters to the a Park and Kayak scheme running between Culross and Grangemouth, from where there is a Park and Walk scheme in operation between here and Edinburgh.

Source: some unknown comedy genius