This picture of two QCs on their feet reflects what I see over time as as I draw from right to left.
At issue in R (on the application of Fitzroy George) v the Secretary of State for the Home Department is whether someone's indefinite leave to remain in the UK, which was invalidated by a deportation order, remains invalid if the deportation order is revoked.
In the café at lunchtime I meet a couple with a hearing dog for deaf people, a placid golden Labrador.
Court 2 has an air of death, starting with the walls of white. The colour of mourning in so much of the world. The pale horse.
The Welsh slate clock, regularly checked by apprehensive counsel, goes !!SKRANNK!! from time to time, a relentless ratchety sound.
And the flowers. Hectic on the curtains, silhouetted on the blinds, strewn on Peter Blake's carpet, gem-like on the plaque above the bench. All at their point of perfection. A transitory moment carrying its inevitable decay.
Before I leave, I cruise the basement showcases. The folklorique gift from the Russian delegation owes something to Catherine the Great. More pictures if you scroll down.
|Catherine the Great in her coronation robe (detail), 1778-9, by Vigilius Eriksen|