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For you Tommy…the war is over.

Yes I have referred to the Sheridan trial a few times and as it reaches its conclusion, readers may find the following of interest.

This piece from the BBC, which refers to Tommy’s victory in the News of the World defamation case in 2006 refers to his closing speech thus:

‘Mr Sheridan’s speech to the jury, lasting some 85 minutes, has been described by observers as a “tour de force”. It was an impassioned and powerful plea – an exceptionally fine piece of oratory.’

It then goes on to say:

‘Mike Jones, QC for the newspaper, used a completely different technique. He spoke to the jury over two days for a period of six hours, laboriously going through the evidence which had been called by the newspaper.’

‘It cannot be denied that it will be somewhat embarrassing for the Faculty of Advocates to have watched one of their top QCs sacked by Mr Sheridan, who then went on to beat another leading QC in this trial. But any lawyer in a case of this sort can only be as good as the quality of his witnesses.’

I notice that Alex Prentice (Advocate Depute) was at pains to point out yesterday in his closing speech that this was not the 2006 trial part 2. He will be hoping that this is indeed the case.

Perhaps the difficulty in predicting how the legal process is going to pan out is encapsulated in the final line from the 2006 BBC piece, written by their solicitor Alistair Bonnington:

‘Although the jury’s verdict appears to mean that they believe they were lied to by the newspapers’ witnesses, it should be remembered that, because the onus in a defamation case is on the newspaper, it could be that the jury did not know whom to believe.’

‘For that reason, there will be no perjury prosecutions arising out of this civil trial.’


Readers Emails

Regular correspondent Claret and Amber (also responsible for the Captain Beefheart freak out tribute concept) sends me these wise words, under the heading ‘Zen Sarcasm’.

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me,
for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much
leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a
leaky tire.

3. It’s always darkest before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal
your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be

5. Always
remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of
your car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their
shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you
have their shoes.

9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to
fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was
probably worth it.

12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and
put it back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark
side, and it holds the universe together.

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are

20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a
laxative on the same night

And whilst on the subject of readers emails, BLFP correspondent Kenny thought I’d enjoy this!

Remember When It Comes to Christmas….

Photos from Paisley Town Centre

Joe was out taking photos again yesterday. He captured this chap at the Watermill in Paisley town centre!

In the email he sent last night he also included these pictures of a waxwing and a woodpecker he’d taken yesterday too.