Alien religionYu looked at the Rheian who sat across the table from her. Like almost all the species of the galaxy she was humanoid but typical of most officers in the Rheian'ala, the enormous fleet matched only in power by the Allonae Alliance, she was shorter than Yu at only five and a half feet. The leathery dark red skin and blackened forehead however, hinted at the fact that the alien was more than capable of tearing her apart if she so chose. The military orientated culture of the Rheian had little place for those not demonstrating excellence of physical fitness in its dealings with other cultures and so even the fact that Marnata was a diplomat ensured she was classed as a soldier first. Yu had long ago begun to accept the differences in culture between galactic races but their present conversation was new to her.
'The majority of human faiths see God as merciful in its execution.'
Marnata shrugged. 'Perhaps your God is.'
'Are you saying your view of God could be wrong?'
'No, that is not poss
Old cases in court - trouble?There are those who say that in child abuse cases the inconvenience caused to one innocent suspect is outweighed by the seriousness of the situation but what if you were the innocent accused?
In a conversation with a close friend some months ago, he noted that it was obvious my going to study law was a positive decision because I was animatedly excited about supremely boring things. The relevant example was that I could quite happily sit and lecture anyone who would listen on the difference between invitations to treat and contractual offers. Whilst we're here, an advert on TV, even one marking itself as a 'special offer' promoting a store's half-price deal on a PC is an ITT whereas the actual offer itself is the consumer offering money for the PC. So now you know. My favourite example of this is an English case called Fisher v Bell where a store had an illegal flick knife offered for sale in the window. This was not found to be illegal as the display of the knife
Scottish PatriotismWant to solve the energy crisis and save the world? Scottish independence is your answer.
It was of course inevitable that upon starting university I would meet any number of young idealistic and sadly ignorant teenagers. By the latter I don't mean in the general sense; that is to say the majority of those I study with are as you would expect, better educated and informed than most but the simple truth is that even the best among us at 18 know far less about the world than we think we do. I was no exception and as such it's unsurprising that much of the typical conversation I am party to these days is reminiscent of those I had six years ago. Anti-religion, anti-scientology (apparently a separate subject), anti-American, anti-racism, anti-rules against sheep shagging. Beyond the clichés none of this particularly offends my sensibilities because as is evident, I still favour and vocalise my support for some of these positions (particularly the latter). It is odd how c
Rolling News is sexistEveryone I know that watches 24-hr news is male. I don't know any women who watch it, presumably because they have better things to do. Like the dishes.
I have a close friend who will quite happily plunk down in front of the telly for a while and watch Sky Sports News. I've always found this a bit sad. I mean how many times can you watch the ten-second highlights of Whoever United v Buggernose FC before you find something better to do with yourself. Or to yourself, depending on what sort of mood you're in. Evidently, the answer is quite a few because said friend isn't alone and indeed if you go to one of the many English pubs that have TVs but can't afford the extortionate prices charged for the live games and show SSN instead, you'll see more than one guy stood by the bar quite happily watching the same stories every fifteen minutes. Usually without sound. Fascinating.
But then some of you may be just as dubious concerning my TV habits. Now that Boston Legal and Battlestar Gala