Monday, February 24, 2014

Criminal law

Spent all day in court today with my Legal Studies students.  We were privileged to be able to speak for some time with a judge who gave the students a great talk on his work and the difficulties of sentencing.  Later in the day, the trial we were observing was adjourned for half an hour because an expert witness had not yet arrived.  The barrister for the prosecution spent the time chatting with our students and answering all manner of questions.  Generous with his time and knowledge.  He was a Tasmanian so I suppose that's why (I know you Tasmanian readers will be nodding your heads in approval).  He's been in law 20 years and had no intention originally of becoming a criminal lawyer.  Fascinating stories.  And I think he scared our soon-to-be driving students very effectively about the dangers of driving.  Actually, road trauma was a theme the judge took up as well.  They have obviously both been quite affected by the driving cases they've worked on.

Anyway, a brilliant day.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Prison statistics

So, here's an interesting statistic my Legal Studies students and I were looking at this week:

In NSW, 30% of people in prison come
from just four postcodes and most
others from ten. In Victoria 25% of
prisoners come from 2% of postcodes
(2004) TABLE 3.1, P.49

Friday, February 7, 2014

Hot cars and kids life-hack

Here's a hot tip: next time you wear out one of your big queen-sized fitted sheets, chuck it in the boot of your car.  Then when you park, and it's a stinking hot day, use the sheet to quickly fit over your back seat.  It's big enough to cover the whole back seat at once, it will easily fit over all the lumpy car seats, keeping the straps and buckles from becoming insanely hot, and the elastic means it is really easy to latch on and it stays put without you pulling back and forth trying to ensure you leave everything covered up.  Awesome and your kids will be ever-so-grateful.  Until they start complaining that you won't stop for a 30c cone.  Or that someone else is looking out of their window. Or that they don't like that song. Or that they do like that song but you won't turn it up any louder.....

Oh, yeah.  That car picture is totally the wrong season.  But it just looks so good right now....

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ever given a hand-made present?

"I know," you say to yourself, "I'll sew/knit/craft/quilt something special just for them!"  And they love it.....but it was so much work you vow to buy everyone gift cards from now on.  Should have stuck one of these labels on it.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Forged through forgiveness

A repost coming from Gary's blog.  A very unlikely friendship, beginning in tragedy, that is a living testimony to forgiveness.