Horizon Building stairs. Nottingham, March 2014.
When comic book lawyer Matt Murdock couldn’t appear in court due to speculation that he was the blind, acrobatic superhero Daredevil, he came up with an alternative plan: coaching his clients to represent themselves in court. Now a Melbourne law firm has set up a similar scheme: “offering ‘court coaching’ for a lower fee to those unable to afford, or who do not want, full legal representation. This involves a one-hour conversation with [a barrister] who gives clients tips on how to present themselves and their arguments in court.” The new service reflects a developing trend in Victorian courts; the County Court has established a dedicated coordinator to assist self-represented litigants, and the Supreme Court says they make up “about 20 per cent of all [civil] litigants, compared with 3 per cent of people facing criminal charges”.
Those Aussie Things: Iced VoVos
Beware the infinitely inferior Strawberry Mallow, hidden amongst those Iced VoVos!
Iced Vovos are like rejects from the Strawberry Mallow factory, steamrolled flat and with the texture of plasterboard. Ugh.
Aircraft spotter, London, 1943
How many notes in a saxophone?
How many tears in a bottle of gin?
Mercator’s World Map, 1569. On twenty-one separate sheets of paper, Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594) printed an entire map of the world. For decades, ocean pilots had complained that they were unable to plot their course at sea directly across a flat chart. Mercator’s map was the first to permit navigators to draw their route as a straight line. A variation of Mercator’s map continues to be used today.
From The Oxford Map Companion: One Hundred Sources in World History by Professor Patricia Seed, which illustrates how peoples and cultures throughout the human past have imagined their worlds through a diverse collection of historical maps from the Paleolithic to the present.