Friday, 15 February 2013

A Slander! A Libel! Shame on you...

Tim, who's in his castle, has been casting disparaging remarks my way. He claims that I am not a 'proper student'.

No one smoking, not even a cigarette - let alone a monster five paper spliff. No offensive posters on the wall. No Nazi armbands. Nothing smashed. No girl crying in the corner. No sick. For God's sake man, what the hell are you playing at? Start behaving like a proper student.

My response to him is that whilst I freely admit that there were none of the things he mentions happening, it was a small, private party of friends, and happened in our block tutors flat (she does not allow smoking [of any kind]) and we like her so we abide by her wishes. As for the sick, we obviously have more tolerance than he did, and as friends we don't make each other cry.

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Attempt was originally an offence under the common law of England.

Attempt crimes are crimes where the defendant's actions have the form of the actual enaction of the crime itself: the actions must go beyond mere preparation.

The essence of the crime of attempt is that the defendant has failed to commit the actus reus (the Latin term for the "guilty act") of the full offense, but has the direct and specific intent to commit that full offense. The normal rule for establishing criminal liability is to prove an actus reus accompanied by a mens rea ("guilty mind") at the relevant time (see concurrence and strict liability offenses as the exception to the rule).

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


The Ostrich is one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio. Some analyses indicate that the Somali Ostrich may be better considered a full species apart from the Common Ostrich, but most taxonomists consider it to be a subspecies.

Ostriches share the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, and other ratites. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 97.5 kilometres per hour (60.6 mph), the top land speed of any bird. The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any living bird (extinct elephant birds of Madagascar and the giant moa of New Zealand did lay larger eggs).

The diet of Ostriches mainly consists of plant matter, though it also eats invertebrates. It lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and fifty birds. When threatened, the Ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can attack with a kick from its powerful legs. Mating patterns differ by geographical region, but territorial males fight for a harem of two to seven females. These fights usually last just minutes, but they can easily cause death through slamming their heads into opponents.

The Ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used as feather dusters. Its skin is used for leather products and its meat marketed commercially.