Post Christmas Greens and Blues

on December 27th, 2016 | Filed under Countryside Matters


Many friends have given me extraordinary advice in my life. None more so as individuals than all of them collectively (although special mention and thanks muyst go to G and K; and C and L). My special skill to date has been ignoring it. Something has changed; the boy-man has evolved a tiny, incremental and hardly noticible amount. Instead of apologising and explaining endlessly I am taking some time to myself. I am inspired by a Muse so true and brilliant that she doubts the extent to which she has affected my creative instinct. The proof is in the pudding, or rather in the fact that I have returned to the coal face of showing off in print. I look forward to constructive criticism and the occasional smile.

We lost George Michael today. Given, (like my contemporary, aquaintance and rival as a young actor, Daniel Craig) he was marginally older than me, his death came as a great shock to this child of the 80s. He was my guilty pleasure. My wife introduced me to his music, although I had bopped to him before that. Faith remains a pop classic; despite my being more of a Dire Straits, Springsteen and Billy Joel Fan. If Clapton was God, and this is clearly debatable albeit persuasive to his loyal fans, (amongst whom I count myself firmly among their number) then George Michael was a musician who inspired great faith…

Faith has been an essential guide during my recent unusual Christmas. I’ll not trouble you with the details. Suffice it to say that my winter flu has not prevented me from working entirely, although it has made it far trickier. I have publicly admitted to a private loss that has caused me to need to deal with my private grief. It has inspired a lyricality in my writing that a great and kind patron and guru has suggested I avoid. Other friends have suggested I get more sleep. If it were that easy then I suspect I might be able to give up writing entirely.

Prior to Christmas I managed to attend two important hearings. One was important to my client and the other to the family and friends of Al Blackman. Having watched them both carefully I can only express my respect and admiration for our independent judiciary. It is very tempting to judge but it is an onerous task to do it professionally. I could not take the decisions that a proper Judge is faced with, due to my softheartedness and lack of experience.

As a founder writer of Country Squire Magazine I enjoyed a Christmas Party laid on by Dom Wightman and I appreciated the opportunity to meet Jon Alexander. I look forward to a proper chat about its future.

I also look forward to some extraordinary court cases in January. The Supreme Court, the High Court and the Crown Court all have a remarkable opportunity to establish both their independence and their legal excellence. For my part I have a need, a desire and a requirement to continue my legal practice; to continue to write; and to attend marketing events that I trust will be excellent. Additionally I have begun a process to join a group of men whose charitable endeavours have humbled me.

This is a good time of year to thank those of you who have provided me with love and support. I cannot name you each individually but I trust you will know how grateful I am and how impossible it would be to ever compensate you individually for the unwarranted but gratefully received kindness you have shown me.

You will no doubt forgive me for a brief return to blogging. I am very proud to have penned an article in The Field which I understand will be published in the February edition. Given I had more time to write it and fewer distractions than I am contending with at the moment, I commend it to you.

I hope you have all enjoyed Christmas with your families. We must all remember how hard it is for anyone to spend Christmas apart from those they love. Al Blackman is one such person. He has dealt with this by teaching maths to his fellow inmates. That is both inspiring and altruistic given the stress that he is under. For inspiration which brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat, however, our nonegenarian Monarch was non pareil.

I look forward to blogging in 2017. C,L,L and CJ will continue to inspire me. You, Dear Reader will continue to assist me by pointing out hyperbole, typos and the smiles that were raised. Let us hope that it is a glorious year.

Your friend


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15 Responses to “Post Christmas Greens and Blues”

  1. Willson, LL.B says:

    Whilst a “child of the sixities”, I too appreciated George Michael for his music, and, not least, for his intelligence, kindness and humour. A good sense of humour and a propensity for kindness are qualities that I find attract me to anyone as a potential friend, perhaps I was too kind to play rugby in the second row at the very highest level, but I played for a great club, and trained with some players adjudged to be world class in their hey day. Will the UK Supreme Court support the High Court judgement? I subscribe to several constitutional law blogs, and have found myself intellectually challenged, if not overwhelmed by the very learned and academic analysis penned in respect of the Gina Miller inspired litigation. When I obtained my law degree EU Law did not exist, and constitutional law was nowhere near as interesting and stimulating as contract, tort,criminal and employment law. Whilst not a lawyer as such, I enjoyed a long career involved in consumer protection and regulatory law, a career that was never dull, I championed my profession on twitter, and encountered a buffoon who seemed to think that fake booze was not harmful nor potentially lethal, and another, who misunderstood my twitter mission to promote my profession (not uncommon on twitter!) and accused me of thinking that “I had saved the world”, not saved, but hopefully played a small part in making the City for which I worked a bit “safer”. I continue to read CSM posts, but my comments are disappearing into the wide, blue yonder, so will cease and desist in attempting to post any more.

    • Jamie Foster says:

      I am inspired to hear a second row called Maureen lament so openly and so eleoquently. Please don’t give up just yet.

    • Willson, LL.B says:

      Maureen is my partner, I use her email address, think of “The Rock” and the fact that my lineout leaps petrified some opponents ( remember no lifting when I played!) as clues to my forename.

  2. Foootsoldier says:

    Bravo Jamie.

    Your acolytes will continue to hang on every missive and pine in the interim.

    Per ardua ad Cicero.

    The journey may be hard but the destination warrants every step.

    Keep ’em coming. We need your insights.

  3. Liz Tinsley says:

    Many of your followers, like me, regard you fondly. That’s not just because we are grateful for what you have done for us by way of countering the Animal Rights Movement etc., but because you allow us to glimpse the person behind the mild-manored solicitor and we think you’re lovely. I cannot have been the only one that detected there was something wrong that added up to more than a flu virus, and I shared concerned. I am sure I join with your other 10k followers, sending you love and good wishes this Christmastime for the best and brightest of new beginnings.

  4. Willson, LL.B says:

    If the way a man eats a “bacon butty”! can disqualify him from high office, what chance have us ice cream eaters got? Wasn’t “99” a legendary rugby code phrase for something like let mayhem break out, or is my recollection of a long gone British and Irish Lions tour somewhat hazy? I can recall the “Cone Hotline” was that a euphemism? Looks for a copy of John Major’s memoirs…I was going to use the term “hunts”, but that too seems to stir up controversy, and I do not want my yellow trousers muddied “Jeeves”. The “Readers Digest” used to feature “Laughter the best medicine” and it is too, when I spent three years working as an advisor in a debt advice service, publicly funded under a Tory Government, the work got so stressful and dispiriting that I used to watch comedy classic DVD’s (’twas the 1990’s) before going into work each morning…

  5. Willson, LL.B says:

    Apols should have posted “VCT’s”…

  6. Willson, LL.B says:

    “It’s grim oop t’North” but a “Black Pudding Tortilla” could fly off the shelves of Greggs and lighten up our lives blighted by Toryista austerity and the thought of Nuttall becoming Commissar of the region., Recommend patenting and trade marking it with the able legal assistance of JF, and soon you too will have a Caribbean hideaway that even 007 could not locate…

  7. Carole Bird says:

    Christmas time is always a period of reflection and maybe introspection, we remember past Christmases sometimes with fond (but not always) memories. The people who are no longer in our lives visit us amongst the Christmas glitter and we greet them with sadness. My hubby was military so my daughter and I didn’t always have him with us at this time of year and sometimes the glitter was seen through teary eyes. Some of friends didn’t come back from their journeys into the battle field and the toast at our table to ‘absent friends’ really does have meaning. I hope and pray that Al Blackburn is back with his family next Christmas. OAMAAM.
    I thank you Jamie for your beautiful thoughtful piece and look forward to many more.

    Carole Bird.

  8. Willson, LL.B says:

    Found in my Christmas stocking, a gift from a fellow Labour supporter, Ken Clarke’s “Kind of Blue”. The content of the end chapter “a sack o’ woe” leaps off the page and strikes as many chords with me as a George Michael song. Ken’s concise readable prose has nailed it, the folly of the EU Referendum, the shallowness of Cameron, and the schoolboy antics of some of his younger, fellow Tories…I hope that Ken’s opinion on the outcome of the Gina Miller case is given some prominence should he decide to speak out. Talking of demises, tweeting “lefties” such as the incomparable China Syndrome “Cavster” must have noticed that once prolific twitterer @screwlabour has apparently decided to cease and desist, Charlotte Church will no doubt be devastated.

  9. @LadyDurrant says:

    Hi Jamie

    I responded to this post via direct message on Twitter, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me send. Have you left Twitter?

  10. Willson, LL.B says:

    Enjoy your break, hope that you wit and humour will not be absent from social media for too long.

  11. iris moody says:

    I’m sorry I have been very late catching up with this but very glad I did. I for some unknown reason have been in the depths of depression for months and I found your piece both comforting and therapeutic. I shall try a keep more alert in future. Very best wishes for the future. Irisx

  12. Willson, LL.B says:

    Hope that the comments awaiting moderation have not offended. I may be wrong but have a feeling that you and Ken Clarke would get along well, I have certainly enjoyed my time spent with his memoirs. Have never regretted deactivating twitter account, but enjoy a blog or two on various sites, but, regrettably have acquired a weird “troll” on our local newspaper site, seems to object strongly to the fact that I have a law degree and try to present opinions rationally, but with a slice of humour. Thought that TM the PMS “Breuxit” speech was timed to coincide with the publication of the UK Supreme Court judgement re Gina Miller case, but not so.

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