Category Archives : Blogging


A Not So Brief Catchup

Finally my exams have come to a close, which of course means one thing, another chapter of my education has come to an end. The GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) is now over which is gives rise to a few emotions; happiness that I have taken one more step in my journey to become a barrister, however this is of course tainted with the fact that I will have to say goodbye to a few friends. Thankfully the majority of the people who I hung around with are also undertaking their professional qualifications at Manchester Metropolitan University, so it will only be a short summers break before meeting up again. You may recall that there way a few issues with one of my exams having to be rescheduled due to a power cut and fire alarm evacuation. To update you on this, the initial idea to have the exam held giving us two days notice was changed, and it took place after the Jubilee Bank Holiday, giving us plenty of time to prepare. The criminal law paper comprised of questions of identical topics, and similar level of difficulty, so I don’t think there will be much of an issue with regards to outcome. Both myself and other students affected are still having conversations with MMU with regards to why we weren’t permitted to continue our paper when others were, however the main thing is that this is now behind us. The exam period itself was quite a stressful one, which saw me disappear from twitter for several weeks. I started revision mid easter and thank g-d I did. Upon returning to uni I released how much work there was to do, and that by starting when I did was a great idea. The two weeks on the run up to exams I took up residence in the library that was open 24/7 for exam season. I often spent over 10 hours a day there, with the average amount being 12. By the end of the exam period I was almost on first name terms with the security guards and library staff! I think this amount of work paid off, as unlike my A-levels (and to some extent my undergraduate degree) I do feel quite happy with my performance in the seven exams that I sat. Yes I don’t think im going to set the world alight with my performance in Land Law, however that topic aside I am quite happy with my performance and (I know I shouldn’t jinx it) am looking forward to the results that are published mid July. For those undertaking the GDL next year, I can’t stress enough how much work it is. I was told by a family friend how much work it was and I thought she was exaggerating, having come to the end I can say that if anything she was understating the fact. Studying 7 modules across a year, with 7 exams at the end of it, on top of taking part in extra curricular activities such as mooting and pro-bono work makes it a year of being on the go constantly. However the bonus of undertaking so much law in such a small amount of time is that you really do learn a lot of useful information. Yes I didn’t enjoy every aspect of EU Law, Land Law, or Public Law, however modules such as Free Movement of Persons, Registered Land and Police & Criminal Evidence Act affect each and everyone of us more than you would think. By having a greater understanding of such issues allows you to help yourself and others in certain situations. As last year, and in particular the last few weeks was very stressful, my online presence has been significantly less, and for those who follow me on twitter I do apologise. Next week (19th June) my parents have very kindly treated me to a weeks away in New York City. I am going with a friend from Leeds who has not been to NYC, and although I went last year our trip is still going to be full of things which I did not do last time, such as viewing a Broadway Show. The sad thing is that due to time constraints, I still have not viewed the photos from last year! Just as with last year, I have created a site to which will aggregate photos, blog posts and tweets from NYC, you can view it here: http://www.nyc2012.jonathanisaacs.com Apart from that, I hope all my readers are well, and will speak to you again soon. Jonathan x


Computer Why You No Get In My Bag & Orange, Why You No Peel!?!?

Its going to be a very quick blog post today, mainly because today, unlike the weather has been brilliant. As you may have guessed from the title of this post its down to two things; my laptop and an innocent piece of fruit, the dreaded orange. Lets deal with each of the respective items in the turn which they turned an innocent Tuesday into one from hell. When I opened the blinds this morning I was greeted by glorious sun, therefore I decided that rather than uni at a fast pace, I would leave a little earlier than normal, thereby enjoying a leisurely stroll with some music provided courtesy of my iPhone. All was well, I arrived safe and sound in the lecture theatre, only to reach into my bag and realise that my Macbook Air was not there. I can’t go a day at university without my laptop. It has my notes, materials and acts as a dictaphone for the lectures. I had never forgotten it before, so instantly wanted someone to blame; however after coming to the conclusion it was my fault I also decided that I had to go back and retrieve it. With only 15 minutes before the lecture started, and contrary to my previous belief that there is never a taxi around when you want one, there was. Ten minutes later and £7.50 lighter I had my laptop in hand just in time for the lectures. The second item to ruin my day was the orange. Small, round and orange in colour, this innocent fruit can bring joy to those on a break or who simply need a burst of vitamin C. My reason for consumption was the first. As is customary I purchased said orange from the green grocer on Oxford Road. As supplier of all of my fruit and veg requirements, I am familiar with the quality and price which give explanation to my returning custom. Sitting down I began to peel, it came off in tiny tiny pieces, squirting orange juice all over me, my desk, and surrounding papers. I kid you not, it took me over 10 minutes to peel the thing. The only thing that kept me going was knowing how refreshing the taste would be as it entered my mouth. The first segment entered my mouth…it was bitter…it had pips in. I swear, I would have thrown it across the room if the juice wouldn’t have dripped down my arm, however it would have done, making me even more sticky than I already was. So dear reader, two every day items, the laptop and the orange, I for one will never look at them in the same light again.


Quotes To Summarise The Reasons For Blogging

Today I stumbled across a quote from Cyril Connolly, that perhaps sums up the whole point of blogging, better than any other: “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than write for your public and have no self.” Many people always wonder why other people blog, and they wonder even more why I blog, after all, it can appear self indulgent writing about yourself or your beliefs constantly. However I think this is half the fun. Taking time out of your busy schedule to put key to keyboard to and construct a valid argument on your chosen topic not only enables thoughtful debate, but increases your knowledge as you research the topic in question. As Steven Droke said: “Knowledge is power, and enthusiasm pulls the switch.” So whats stopping you, start up your free WordPress blog now and get blogging. Its great fun, and I personally find it a great way to unwind and de-stress!