lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse)
I'm using my icons as mood indicators but I don't have one that says "arghhh revision!" Pity.

Was reviewing parts of the Rules of Court online (if printed, about size of telephone directory) and discovered that there are in total 229 different forms for various purposes: issuing a writ, a memo of appearance, possessing property of debtor, etc. And just goes to show, paperwork is the only certainty in life. Although life is supposedly easily with electronic filing, sometimes only hard copy will do. Also learning about costs this term has been something of an eye-opener.

I mean, anecdotally I always knew that legal stuff and going to court was expensive but I did not know exactly that they ran to hundreds of thousands (or even more) instead of just, erm, thousands. Admittedly that kind of expense is for complicated stuff and for commercial stuff and very rich people. But um, legal aid is pretty limited and even that's only for certain categories of criminal matters so if you get into other sorts of trouble you're screwed. Well, you could try to do it yourself but those results have not generally been pretty if the other side is rich and can afford lawyers whilst you can't.

But yeah. I did know this, in the back of my head. Just grumbling.

politics

Oct. 25th, 2011 05:20 pm
lloll4: ponyo spits water (ponyo spitting water)
Ow, hard to keep eyes open. Why am I blogging then? Good question, with a very bad answer. Have been working on pending assignment and am due to go and teach in another hour's time; so I'm just trying to keep awake till then (yes, I've had coffee).

Something that happened on Friday. We were discussing some case and it somehow, not-so-peripherally touched on the Taiwan-China issue, as in, how Taiwan isn't recognised in UN, yadda, yadda. Y'know, I don't live in either place, and ultimately I'm just not that invested in how the issue is resolved beyond hoping that it will be peaceful. Anyway. Just one of the many topics that come up when you live in Asia and have to, despite your best efforts, discuss China.

What happened here is one of my classmates is from China, and at the end of the class (and after lots of discussion that did not mention China-Taiwan) this classmate stood up and said that Taiwan belonged to China and that was that. (Ok, not in so many words.)

My reaction was, as expected, an eyeroll.

Hm... well, I like Taiwan. (I like China, too.) However China interprets the state of politics to mean that once upon a time they had a claim on Taiwan (whether that claim remains is what makes Chinese leaders bristle), what is clear now is that Taiwan is pretty unique and has its own philosophy, society (not to mention politics). I think we should go with the rule of self-determination, and a group of people should have the right to decide what they want as overlord a group.

Then again, just my thoughts. I can't really say with confidence what the majority of people in Taiwan feel. Maybe one day there will be unification. Maybe it will even be a peaceful one. Who knows? I'm just a spectator.

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