Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016


How often in general discussion do we ask for a remark to be repeated because although we heard what was being said we hadn`t actually been listening.  Having sat in court for so many years I find that I have subconsciously perhaps trained myself to listen to everything that`s being said. As I was watching a weather forecast on TV the other night the presenter began by saying, "Most of us will have a wet and windy night." Speaking to my wife for both our sakes I remarked, "Not me I hope."  


  1. Yes, I find I really listen to what is being said, how it is said, and even more important what is not being said. It is the silence which really speaks volumes.

  2. One of the (few) advantages of having sat on a bench for many years is, as you say, to have developed an acute ear for what is said as well as for example, to catch a short slip of the tongue, a half swallowed word etc, invaluable sub-conscious 'skills'.