|Lord Neuberger, reading|
|Lord Neuberger's definitive image|
continues to elude me
I think of the sparse white box used by Peter Brook as the set for his legendary 1970 RSC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - no photograph does justice to its stark magic. Court 2's plushy curtains, with their Pre-Raphaelite enchanted forest look, would have been dismissed by Brook as too obvious.
I am struck by the beauty of the judges' voices. Worthy of Alan Howard, Brook's Oberon/Theseus.
Counsel and judges benefit from discreet amplification. Their individual desk microphones have red lights at the tips when they are live. And after the judges go off stage, the legal teams really should check the red lights are off before going into a post-match huddle.
|Supreme Court tree|
decorations for sale
I'm back a few days later for The Financial Services Authority v Sinaloa Gold plc and others and Barclays Bank plc. 'What is a freezing injunction?' asks a judge, rhetorically. 'White goods,' mutters another.
Lord Neuberger is all movement again, so I abandon a portrait and look at the judicial assistants who sit behind him, like putti.
Héloïse, Charles Coypel,
The bench are discussing the concept of recklessness as I start to draw a jug of water recklessly (glass, air, light, reflection, shadow). One of my teachers speaks inside my head: 'Don't look at your drawing. That won't help you.'
|Coats are slung on the backs of chairs. The man second from |
left is drawn as if transparent.
At lunchtime the Treasury Singers come in to the foyer. They sing carols, accompanied by the bleep of the body scanner, and raise money for Centrepoint.
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