Posted by Roderick Massey on the 27th April 2012.
Revision time is again upon us. I thought i'd share with you some revision tips I have found useful these last two years doing a law degree
1) One of my lecturers this year told us that the key to doing well in a law exam was "Cases, Cases,Cases". Reading is useful, but it isn't a very efficient way of revising. Try making a list of all the cases and order them by topic. Next to each case, write the principle and keep it down to one line so you can scan through them quickly.
Posted by Roderick Massey on the 12th February 2012.
Here are some more latin terms that i've come across this year along with basic definitions. Use them if you want to! Who knows, it might make the difference between a 1st and a 2.1..
1. Simplicter - means 'simply'. i.e “But, again, delegation simpliciter is certainly neither “high” nor crime nor constitutional magnitude misdemeanour.”
2. Prima Facie - means 'at first sight; before closer inspection'. i.e prima facie he is guilty of manslaughter
Posted by Roderick Massey on the 19th December 2011.
Who Buys Music Anyway?
Perhaps surprisingly it is people in their 30’s and 40’s that make up the biggest share of the market . You could argue that this is because they have the most disposable income to splash out on downloads and CD’s. Teenagers and 20-somethings might be more likely to download on their mobile and use P2P file sharing. Of course, I have no figures to back this up and would not recommend using those sites as they are bad.
Posted by Roderick Massey on the 5th December 2011.
I thought I would revisit this as I am writing an essay and even in my third year I don't understand some of the legal terminology! See how many you recognise (who knows, you may even use them!):
1. Inter Alia - this translates as 'amongst other things'. Quite useful. Some trivia: Durham has its own law journal which is called Inter Alia.
2. A priori - means 'accordingly'. E.g there were once ten eggs in a basket. Now there are only eight. A priori two eggs have vanished.
Posted by Roderick Massey on the 24th November 2011.
You might think that solar power would never be a viable option for Britain considering the weather, but it was merely two months ago that the residents of Wadebrige, Cornwall were celebrating the UK’s first solar powered town. They claimed it was a symbol of what could be done when a community ‘unites around green energy’. How things have changed.
Posted by Roderick Massey on the 3rd November 2011.
I went to a talk recently about the Greek problem. All facts are courtesy of Max Ziff of the Houlihan Lokey international investment bank:
He described a modern day hydra of corruption, denial, croneyism, wastefulness and nepotism. Take a look at the numbers from Greece.
321: People claiming a pension over 100 years of age (who have died)
30: Number of Civil Servants 'looking after' a single lake in Greece (the lake dried up years ago)
15%: of the population are civil servants
30 million euros: the amount in the bank account of one doctor who did not declare tax
Posted by Roderick Massey on the 24th September 2011.
This can be roughly translated as ‘the situation is becoming critical’. Greece is insolvent - in other words it cannot pay its debts back to the governments, companies and investors who own its bonds (government gilts). In the boom era of 2000-2007 the Greek Government spent a good deal more than it made in taxation (known as a budget deficit). In 2008 Lehman Brothers collapsed and we saw a liquidity crisis in the banking system (essentially the banks lost a lot of money and were less willing to lend – the ‘credit crunch’). Banks and investors were suddenly less willing to take risks.