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Jan. 9th, 2010

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Virbius Tweets


  • 14:50 Have collected car from repairers following being hit by a neighbour. Now to avoid any collisions in these snowy conditions. :-) #

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Dec. 22nd, 2009

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  • 18:54 About to venture into the falling snow for some double-cream to go with the rhubarb tonight. (later) re-posting after returning from Tescos #
  • 18:56 The Oxford Road in Reading was hell (if you were in a car). Luckily I was on food in my winter walking kit. :-) #
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Dec. 8th, 2009

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  • 21:11 Had my car's new tyres & wheels checked on Friday, but still wander all over the road on repair strips & bumps like worn out ones on my bike #
  • 21:19 @MediaCoach Do hope you have all those LPs on either CDs or DVDs before tour sent them to eBay :-) #
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Nov. 4th, 2009

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  • 11:24 Another day for visiting my mum in hospital today #

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Oct. 22nd, 2009

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  • 15:02 Ma was looking better in hospital yesterday, but looking more like Grandma as well! #
  • 15:03 About to go and have fitted some new (2nd-hand) wheels as old ones were damaged in pot holes last spring. #
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Oct. 16th, 2009

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  • 15:44 Went to see Ma in hospital on Tue. She's getting better slowly, but no update on her eye yet. #

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Oct. 11th, 2009

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  • 17:35 Please Retweet and Sign this Petition 'Dr Alan Turing's posthumous Knighthood nomination' - 301.to/9tw #

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Sep. 29th, 2009

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Sep. 28th, 2009

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I don't understand Magistrate's Courts

Today I went to see if my burglar would turn up in court, and to see how he'd plea. I've never seen him before so now knowing what he looks like doesn't seem like a big legal problem to me.

After sitting through a few previous cases, and just before my burglar's one was about to start, the Court Clerk was a little perturbed that two "witnesses" would be watching proceedings. (The other "witness" was the person who saw an unknown person leave my premises, and who followed that person, called the police, and was there when they were apprehended.) After some discussion with the Prosecutor the latter came over and said that if we stayed it could cause problems, and the case might be thrown out. As neither of us wanted any reason for the case to proceed we agreed to leave. The prosecutor did say that the defendant was going to plead Not Guilty and the case would go on to Crown Court. This information was really all I went to the Magistrate's Court for, as well as to see how justice was actually carried out in this country.

Up until the point that Court Clerk raised the issue of me being there I thought that anyone could sit in on any court case that they liked (ignoring the national security special cases). I just don't understand why I, who was almost out of the country at the time of the burglary, so have no idea who the accused is, couldn't sit in court as a member of the public and watch what happened.

Sep. 23rd, 2009

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Burglar getting prosecuted

Went to watch proceedings in the Magistrate's Court today to see my burglar making his first plea, but he didn't turn up as he was "at the doctors". The court will take a very dim view if he's lied to them.
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