2013 in review – thank you #NaNTwiNk

Thank you to everyone who has visited this blog over the past year – particularly if you commented on or shared any of the posts – 2000 views in total with visitors from some 58 countries – will try to write a few more posts to amuse you in 2014 (seven in 2013 was, I admit, a bit pathetic).

Thank you too to all of you who have made twitter fun this year – sharing and chatting while supporting our local community – now that’s what I call social media.

Best wishes for the new year,


Summary of WordPress report – Your 2013 in blogging:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


You are not alone via @BigFashionista – a message of hope – Please Retweet

Saw a link to this lovely blog by @BigFashionista on twitter – well worth reading and sharing – a list of people to call if you are feeling down or vulnerable or in need of a shoulder to cry on – or just a friendly voice at the end of a phone to listen and care.


To which I would add The Calm Zone.


Best wishes to you all for a peaceful Christmas and a fresh start in 2014.



UK Human Rights Blog surpasses two million hits

Excellent – glad to see more people are paying attention to these vitally important issues.

  • Today I have emailed my MP protesting against proposals for Secret Courts, urging him not to support calls for the repeal of the Human Rights act, and calling on him to reject the Lords’ amendment to the Libel Reform bill in favour of the original version approved by the House of Commons.
  • Following a suggestion from friendly twitter chap Richard Ellis, I have also emailed my local district and county councillors as follows (you can do the same – the more pressure points the better):

    I know that local councillors are not responsible for the actions of MPs and Lords. However, please may I ask you (as my local councillors) to put pressure on your party colleagues (present and former) in parliament, particularly those in government:

    1. to reject Ken Clarke’s illiberal proposals for unjust secret courts
    2. to listen to Dominic Grieves when it comes to reform of the Human Rights Act and to reject Chris Grayling’s apparent idea that we should repeal it outright
    3. to reject the latest Lord’s amendment to the Libel Reform bill (introducing Leveson by the back door without proper debate) and ensure the bill passes in the form originally approved by the House of Commons.

    I will be paying particular attention to all these issues.


  • I am not sure what they will make of this letter but it is worth a try – if only to make the point that, if they want my vote they are going to have to adopt a more liberal attitude.
  • Happy days


    UK Human Rights Blog

    Champagne ExplosionJust a quick note to say that yesterday, in the furore surrounding the Conservative Party potentially threatening to take the UK out of the European Court of Human Rights and Angela Patrick’s post on secret trials, the UK Human Rights Blog surpassed an all-time total of two million hits. 

    The blog was launched on 31 March 2010 and is written by members of 1 Crown Office Row barristers’ Chambers. It is now attracting around 100,000 page views per month and has thousands of subscribers across email, Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe for free by email, Twitter or Facebook – more details here.

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