Of libel and law; dinner with Desmond Browne QC at The Athenaeum

November 26, 2013
In a bid to end my Monday and start the rest of a week on a more intellectual note, I joined Luxy, The Young Stationersand some very nice toffs for dinner at The Athenaeum. The guest of honour and speaker du nuit was Desmond Browne QC, a  leading silk in all areas of media law who has been involved in a huge number of the most important cases affecting the media over the past three decades. Who better than to talk about libel, defamation, and slander laws? I felt privileged to have picked his brain and I know certain people who will be more than pleased for me to pass on what I've learnt to them. It's always good to know the law (even   a child knows it's not slander it it's true and especially if one has irrefutable evidence),  too many people aren't aware of their rights and how to use them properly. Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent. Here are the photos from last night's dinner.





Luxy and I.





The staircase and foyer reminded me of my first ever student accommodation in London. Déjà vu... 



Getting an education from our main man Desmond. *throws QC gang sign*

Our dining companions who despite appearances were certainly as insouciant and irreverent as us, especially the older men who are just too old and too assured in their position to give a damn. Honey badger don't care, honey badger don't give a sh*t. So of course nothing we could say or do would shock them. Not even the faces that Luxy pulls...


...never a boring moment when I'm with her!

We had quite an animated chin wag discussing blogosphere politics, who's been on Santa's naughty list (or rather PR blacklist), who's on the nice list, the saints and the sinners, and placing bets on which empires will rise and which will fall. You know you love me, xoxo Gossip Girl.


The food was reasonable. I went to bed hungry even after three courses, I am convinced I have a parasitic twin in my stomach who consumes all my nutrition but passes on to me all the calories. It's the only explanation why I'm always hungry...!


After dinner we snuck off for a bit of covert exploring feeling quite like Belle when she snuck around the West Wing of the Beast's castle. In other words, we weren't really supposed to.





Guess who dropped a candlestick and clattering loudly blew our cover?! Naughty, naughty.

I left The Athenaeum slightly more informed, quite invigorated by Luxy's company, and no less hungry than I was before dinner.

x

8 comments:

  1. Amazing post, I love how in the last photo you caught the exact moment the candle was falling out of the candlestick! Woops ;)

    See you later alligator!

    C x

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    1. It was a moment not be missed, the clattering of the candlestick was like thunder to my ears!
      x

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  2. Love your blog, and love your sense of humor!! Literally laughed out loud at the student accommodation comment!

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    1. I'm serious! Look up Queen Alexandra's House in Kensington Gore. The staircase and foyer is a dead ringer! x

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    2. Your student accommodation was a damn sight more pleasant than mine! My college was designed by someone who designed jails for a living and the similarities were uncanny!

      Love the library - I would quite like to transport it to my house please!

      Becs x
      miscriant.blogspot.com

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    3. AHAHAHAHA what was your student accomodation's name?! I have to see this for myself! x

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  3. Holy fuck that library! I want, I need, I must.

    *sobs*

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT. That is the things dreams are made of. D:

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