Author Archives: Chris Dale

About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere

Tracing the identity of Hawker Hurricane LE-D

The picture below was taken by me at RAF Chivenor Air Day in August 1969. It shows a Hawker Hurricane painted as LE-D, and it has sat unremembered (along with several thousand other pictures) until a recent scanning exercise. The … Continue reading

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The red telephone box in St Giles’

On the east side of St Giles’ in Oxford stands a red telephone box next to a street lamp. Though now neglected by BT – unpainted, unlit and rather sad – it stands out against the grey and brown of … Continue reading

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Oxford Illuminated – old buildings in a new light

On 29 September, the Society of Light and Lighting brought the Night of Heritage Light 2017 to Oxford. If that was a slightly pretentious name for some lighting effects on old buildings, it was nevertheless a good excuse to go … Continue reading

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Las Vegas: plenty of room at the Hotel Nevada – any time of year you can find it here

It sounds exotic, doesn’t it? People politely ask where you are going. “Las Vegas” you say, and they give knowing looks. The name calls up images of cigar smoke curling over green tables attended by lightly-clad beauties, of days of … Continue reading

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Chris Grayling knows where the bodies are buried

No no, this is not what you think. You think this is about that tweet last week which surmised that Chris Grayling had only kept his position in Cabinet because he knew too much to be sacked. Well it’s not. … Continue reading

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The perfect form of Brexit disaster video

There is a supply of disaster videos which get wheeled out as illustrations for any disaster. The forklift truck knocking down the shelving in a warehouse is a perennial favourite; many involve accidents with trains or other vehicles; some show … Continue reading

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Lemonade, wind-breaks and a Passion Play – the triumph of officiousness over common sense

Tired of Brexit, I come back to that staple subject, the dim and officious council employee and other “small-minded officials with powers disproportionate to their intelligence” as I put it in an article of 2010. The lemonade girl of Tower … Continue reading

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