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•Wine, dine and slimeIt was a busy week on the weird and wonderful web, and leading the way was the Hellbound Alleee Network.
The Lawyer is generally read by adults, but before entering hellboundalleee.blogspot.com in your browser, please note: "Warning: Adult Content. This blog, for educational purposes, contains frank and open content, and is not censored. It is not 'family-friendly.' All content is the sole responsibility of Hellbound Alleee, who is TAKING YOUR CHERISHED BELIEFS, RIPPING THEM APART, CHEWING THEM UP, SPITTING THEM OUT, THROWING THEM DOWN AND PISSING ON THEM, ONE BY ONE."
Which is all well and good, but his most interesting revelation is this: "Scientologists with brochures and leaflets have also descended on investment bank Bridgewell Group, law firms Eversheds, Dechert, Shadbolt & Co, and PR consultants Merlin.
"The organisation is believed to have a huge expense account to wine and dine contacts, but then it can afford to be generous."
•Tough at the topFinally our intrepid explorers Russ and Sam have made it to the top of Everest.
They reported back to www.traverssmith.com: "This is our final update to let you know that we were fortunate enough to make it to the summit of Everest at around 5am on Sunday morning, 20 May, just in time for sunrise over the Tibetan plateau. We have now made it safely back down to base camp, tired but very happy.
"We have made it back in reasonable health although we both feel exhausted and drained at the moment. The cumulative effort needed to summit Everest has proved to be the hardest thing we've ever undertaken."
•Geek loveGeeklawyer was relatively pleased with the UK and Europe's first legal bloggers conference, which he organised with sidekick Ruthie.
He reported back to blog.geeklawyer.org: "Caveats exist on the delight both Geeklawyer and Ruthie felt about the results: it was a little small, though this was down to the still small size of the legal blogging community, something that will change in future years; and several desirable bloggers failed to show up; trying to coordinate the diaries of more than two lawyers is usually a nightmare so the fact that we managed it for 30 is an achievement in itself, but inevitably some academics such as Martin fell victim to exam marking, pupilblogger & Liadnan fell prey to clerks and Corporate Blawg collapsed under the weight of numerous client files suddenly being heaped on his head. Nonetheless, these were merely small clouds on an otherwise sunny and clear blue sky."
•Speaking their languageLeeds-based Walker Morris has launched a Mandarin Chinese version of its website to attract Chinese business.
The website was translated by assistant Rachel Liu, who joined the firm's China trade practice group earlier this year from Beijing's Harden & Wells.
Patrick Cantrill, head of IP and a founder of the China trade practice group, said: "The launch of our Chinese language website should prove an effective way of showcasing our services and expertise to potential Chinese clients."
Check it out at www.walker morris.cn.
•Constructing a sentenceA new website has been launched today (28 May) that "unravels the Myths and Mysteries of Sentencing at Magistrates' Courts".
Justice of the peace Neil Humphrey and former justices' clerk David Lowdell will detail the likely sentence that someone might receive.
www.online-court.co.uk is aimed at anyone coming into contact with the legal process, be they the accused, the victim or a witness.