Sunday, May 3, 2009

Week 18: Judging the lemons

The weather has been terrible this week and I have been busy with theatrical exploits - both viewing and rehearsing, so I have not been out and about much with my camera. Fortunately, our lemon tree is cleverly providing fruit for my gin at just the right time.

With the recession, there is much talk of redundancy, especially among the government sector. As you can see from this picture, we all have to write our predicted projects up on the whiteboard of shame, but there's nothing a quirky little monkey and an inflatable red dog can't cheer up, apparently.

One of the people I met on my interviewing circuit this week was the Prinicipal Youth Court Judge, Andrew Becroft. What an amazing man he is; aware of his responsibilty to young people and the important role that he can play in their future. While he believes they should be supported by their family, friends and community, he also maintains they must be held accountable for their actions.

He says, "If you think being a judge is hard work, you should try refereeing Wellington suburban soccer." Apparently he receives far more abuse from parents on the sidelines of his son's football matches than he ever does from defendants in the dock!

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