It has been a bad week for…

Kentucky lawyer Victoria Murden, whose attempt to row across the Atlantic solo ended when her 23ft boat capsized 1,000 miles off Land's End.

The Law Society press office, whose press release giving details of a Web site on the Millennium Bug suffered from some gremlins of its own and gave the wrong Web site address.

Criminal advocates, whose questioning of alleged rape victims prevents them from giving a full and accurate account of their ordeal, according to research revealed at the British Psychological Society in Durham last week.