Cargo. A true story which happened yesterday.

Cargo landscape.
Cargo landscape.

I took the redundant kitchen shelves and empty cupboards to the dump.

“Which container for wood, please?” Winding down the car window to the rain and summer ending air.
“Number five.” Said the skinny guy who always helps me with heavy stuff.
“Thank you.” Smiling.

Metal gapped stairs reached the container’s lip. Lugging the shabby shelves, it was a ten-step climb to the pulpit of refuse. I looked over the edge and into the container, empty and huge. A few random planks of wood dropped across the bottom did not disturb its frightening eeriness. The thick steel walls smelled impenetrable. They sank downwards twelve feet or so. This was a lidless trap. If you were in it your plight would be hopeless, like a spider in a bath. I gasped, grasped by clinging images of girls in frilly dresses facedown in the sand, young boys in trousers and tee shirts, dead eyes directed to the stars, lying in white wave froth. Just two dead people. Seventy-one had been trapped in a container like this except it had a lid. Knowing their breaths were their last, having only the comfort of humanity’s love for each other in the closeness of dark. Sitting, dying ducks. I gagged on pain not mine to endure. Those poor, poor people, all dead for evermore.

I threw my shelves in. They fell to the bottom cracking their backs, still flat. Descending to ground, I saw the nice guy dismantling a cupboard for me. Choked up by the wasted life I mistook his kindness for kindred spirit,

“It’s so awful” I said, “looking over the edge and thinking of all those refugees trapped inside.”
“They paid for it.” He said, as if they had chosen death.

His inhumanity smote me with despair.

“They didn’t pay to die.” I said.

Impenetrable locks and meta of containers.
Impenetrable locks and metal of containers.

Are the floodgates finally opening for homeworking in the legal industry?


As you’d expect, I have a huge softspot for Clifford Chance. They’ve been leading the legal pack for years. I rejoiced to read in The Lawyer that Clifford Chance too are embracing home working. Obviously its not entirely altruistic as the rent saves alone are massive. But I think that’s immaterial because the benefits to mankind of people being able to work at home are huge. Think of the psychological implications on the family and children – all those extra hours that they will have to tell their loved ones how special and beautiful they are every day. Here is three cheers for Clifford Chance. Hip hip hurray X 3.

Read all about it in the Lawyer here:

US firm Scott and Scott bringing more forex litigation against UK banks.

The BBC has reported that award winning US outfit Scott and Scott is bringing action against up to 12 UK banks. The action is due to be launched this autumn and includes HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and US banks JP Morgan and Citigroup.
Scott and Scott specialise in fraud. The BBC wrote about this here: Read BBC feature here More dark clouds are gathering for these big names in banking. Yep, should have kept it clean, chaps.

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