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Public Consultation

Feverish preparation for revamped Pink Tape is underway. If I’m honest, ‘feverish’ may be overstating the pace somewhat, but ‘sluggish’ just doesn’t convey quite the sense of urgency I was hoping for. However, I can say that the previously slothful pace of the revamp is finally picking up and dear readers now is your chance to tell me what the blog doesn’t do but should, and what it does but could do better. Suggestions, observations and requests about content, layout or tech and design features that would help make Pink Tape more useful and user friendly will be gratefully received.

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I am also planning to be taking sponsorship / advertising and am presently refining my own thoughts on what the Pink Tape Ad policy should look like – your thoughts on that are also welcome.

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I don’t imagine for one minute I’ll have an inbox full of ‘feverishly’ typed emails clamouring to tell me that I should add this widget or remove that tab, but in keeping with the primary objective of all good public consultations, at least when you decide you don’t like the new decor at Pink Tape mark 2 you can’t say you weren’t asked for your input. ;-)

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I’m used to being kicked discreetly by my solicitor when I say something stupid in court (joke) but I have other distractions at the moment, such as a lack of anywhere to expand my lungs, a foot lodged under my ribs and the constant need that clients and opponents currently have to double check ‘you’re not about to have it now are you?’. Not to mention the urgent need to go to the loo five minutes into every hearing. But hey, I take it all in my (penguin) stride.

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The lovely security guard at Bristol has told me I’m ‘blooming, no really blooming’ (transl: wow you are MASSIVE) fifty times if she’s told me once, my client last week compared me to a skittle, and in certain courts I can’t fit behind the bench without almost toppling backwards into plebs row.

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It won’t be long now. Of course I will keep blogging (in fact I was strangely prolific last time I was on maternity leave), but this is just to say: if you notice a gap in posting don’t go away for ever. I will be back and I expect you lot to be too.

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But for now at least, I am still rolling (quite literally) from one hearing to the next, reassuring all my clients that they are getting two heads for the price of one, and a funny walk to cheer them up.

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Nominations for Blawg Review of the Year are open and will be announced in the New Year. You can find out how to nominate your favourite Blawg Review of 2009 at Blawg Review 244, along with a list of all the 2009 Blawg Reviews (instructions at the bottom).

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Just a Loss of Momentum…

Oh dear. First of all it was busy at work. Then it was because I was getting ready to go on holiday, on holiday, recovering from holiday…and now I’m about to disappear off for another two weeks and not a peep from me on the blog. I have a pile of clippings and things to blog about but simply no time to really get down to anything. It’s partly due to work being in overdrive, and if I’m honest down to an old fashioned loss of momentum: finding time is a chore at the moment. I promise to come back refreshed after my trip to the US and get posting again.

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Signing Off

That’s it. I have done my last pre-holiday hearing, sorted out my paperwork and am off on hol for a week. So enjoy the blissful silence whilst I am out of range of interwebs and other such new fangled technology. My technological resources this week will consist of wellies, insect repellant, all terrain pushchair (with spare inner tube) and tv remote (possibly even analogue tv – good grief).

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Sign of The Times

Dear Sir,

I would like to apologise for ”avin’ a GO’ at your esteemed publication. It may be thought unfair that I am so often critical of articles prepared by journalists writing for your newspaper, but you should draw comfort from the fact that my repeat lambasting is evidence only of my continued and regular purchase and perusal of The Times. No other newspaper receives such a backhanded compliment from this blog, and no other newspaper provides me with such interesting source material about which to blog (for, although The Guardian is my preferred read it less often contains material of direct relevance to the Pinktape blog). For the avoidance of doubt, I pride myself on griping and complaining without fear or favour, and upon fair and balanced distribution of grumbling and nitpicking.

Yours with love

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The charming Natasha at Divorce Manual has interviewed me for a podcast. If, like me, you like listening to the sound of my slightly irritating voice, you will love it. Find the podcast here. Or, if you prefer to listen to a gentleman, you can find John Bolch’s podcast from last week here, which I am now off to listen to…

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