Monthly Archives: February 2010

Life with a Law Student: Litigious Fairyland

Post the Snow White Trials, Fairyland’s getting more litigious!
(or that Mr. Cinical’s readings for Legal Research are getting more interesting).

The Frog v The Princess: Where the Frog Prince sued the Princess for battery, ‘coz Princess flung the frog (hard) against the window ledge. Notwithstanding that this had the effect of breaking the spell, returning the Frog back to his princely form.

[Note: Wasn’t the frog looking for someone to kiss him so that he could turn back into a Prince. He got his wish, isn’t it? Focus on the ends, not the means!]

The Pea Princess v Simmons Pte Ltd: Where Princess sued the Mattress company for pain and suffering caused by a pea intentionally placed under 100 mattresses.

[Note: I would have thought she would have sued the Queen for deliberately putting the pea under 100 mattresses to test if she was a real princess. But oh well, I guess she can’t, since the Queen became her mum-in-law. I meant, she did marry that Prince and they lived “happily ever after”, isn’t it? Guess intra-family law suits aren’t part of the “happily ever after” package then. And what’s a “real” princess anyway? Someone who goes around during stormy nights looking for accommodation?]

Estate of Achilles v Thetis: Where Estate of Achilles sued Thetis (aka Archilles’ mom) for battery and negligence by not dipping his heel in the River of Styx (whose waters will strip away human weakness) while Achilles was still a baby. Thetis held him by a heel while dipping him in the Styx.

[Note: So much for not having intra-family lawsuits. But what would you have expected Thetis to do? Hold up Achilles with a pitch-fork, while dipping him in the Styx?]


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Seth’s Compliance/Initiative

Compliance is simple to measure, simple to test for and simple to teach. Punish non-compliance, reward obedience and repeat.

Seth Godin on “It’s easier to teach compliance than initiative”

Thank you, Seth Godin, for putting it so simply and elegantly.

A big contrast to my tirade against the world/wallowing in self-pity this week on a similar subject.


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The Doctor is In

Years ago, we scribbled schedules on pieces of white paper.

Waiting for our turns just outside that blue door with the fishbowl glass wall

The pieces of white paper are long gone.

But appointments with the doctor we continue to keep.

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Cin’s Newsdesk: Standing Down

Image source: ChannelNewsAsia, 18 Feb 2009.

Well, headline says it all. Judge in Anwar’s case will not stand down in the sodomy trial. He’s not relaxing. No chance of him bending over, I guess.

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Cin’s Newsdesk: The Submarine

A tongue-in-cheek take on (Malaysia’s) news of the day…

Malaysia’s first submarine,delivered in September 2009, has developed problems that made it unfit for diving.

To prevent any embarrassment to the country’s first Premier, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia is planning to change the submarine’s eponymous name. Unfortunately, the alternative “Sinking Ship” did not make the final cut.

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Surfing for some cheap air tickets when I saw this advertisement on Tiger Airways. Made me laugh.

I want  (correction: need) a break. 

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Life with a Law Student: The Service Industry

Mr Cinical: My lecturer mentioned that law is the oldest profession.

Me: Really? I thought the oldest profession is prostitution?

Mr Cinical: Well, both are in the service industry.

Me: Yeah, one sells the body, the other sells the soul.

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