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Thought of the Day

What happens to the UK's Money Laundering Regulations after the UK's withdrawal from the EU? Actually we already know - EU law continues to apply. But technical changes must be made to the Regulations. They have just been made as the The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing(Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 at


While they protect you, who protects them? This video, shown at the Police Federation of England and Wales conference in 2018, highlights the harsh reality of policing. More info: http://www.polfed.org/conf

"What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't / won't socially distance...[there were] naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks."

John Apter, Chairman, The Police Federation, the association for police officers in England and Wales and a serving police officer, after his weekend on duty in Southampton after the UK reopened pubs after the CoVid-19 lockdown.

On dealing with human smugglers:
“Police will freeze not only their bank accounts, but also those of their family members to help our investigations into such syndicates. This would be quite troublesome for them.”

--- Johor (Malaysia) Police Chief Commander Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay

Is this the most under-rated guitar band of all time? The (all-too-readily dismissed) Shadows

The best solution for feeling a bit stir crazy : Spike Milligan.

Loquendum ut vulgus, sentiendum ut docti

(Speak as the common man, think as the learned) attributed to Sir Edward Coke, 1562-1634, English Judge

At the end of the day, even if you put a calico dress on it and call it Florence, a pig is still a pig.

District Judge Kent, Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp., Inc., 147 F. Supp. 2d 668 (S.D. Tex. 2001)

Official UK government announcement re movement restrictions due to CoVid-19

The premise is that what matters is confidence... The facade is what matters rather than the technical competence. I think that's a pretty telling statement about the world in which we live; that fronting things out has become a more valuable gift than actually knowing how things work.

I think that partly accounts for the great anxiety that the world now feels, that we are now bossed by people who have the confidence with much, much less competence."

Hugh Lawrie - The Graham Norton Show 24 Jan 2020 speaking about his character as The Captain on TV series, Avenue 5, in which the captain is there for image rather than capability.