Lawyers Against LonelinessThe Lawyer Shopping Channel

Three hot tips today. “West End Lane Books is a wonderful north west London family-run bookshop,” says Atkin Chambers‘ head of marketing Emily Morris. “They do lots of signed editions which make great (Xmas) gifts. Always make great recommendations for all ages. Click and collect or post.  Best of all they have a very cheerful Twitter feed which is a real lockdown tonic.”

Meanwhile, “I would highly recommend Lockdown Libraries,” says mediator Henrietta Jackson-Stops. “Get in touch with Clemmie at Vellum Libraries and tell her what your reading tastes are  – or those of a loved one  – and she will handpick and send a beautifully wrapped package of five books. What could be nicer than receiving a surprise package through the post which gives you or the recipient a chance to escape the monotony and ghastliness of lockdown?”

“I would like to recommend The Spirit Specialist,” says Addleshaw Goddard‘s Donna Cariss. “They are a new independent shop in the small market town of Howden, East Yorkshire, selling a wide range of alcoholic spirits, from around the world and have an online service. Ben is extremely knowledgeable, so can help you find the perfect gift. They also run online tasting events.”

Previously: The Bark Side (10% discount with the code LAWYER) | | Augustus Hare | The Lakes Distillery | Cogito Books | Lutyens and RubinsteinThe Book House | Letter Box Hamper | Designs by Kate WhyleyPet Hates ToysCocolulu | Biscuiteers | Vinegar Hill | Gander Market | Rennet & RindCocoa May

Dog of the Day

QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers barrister Katherine Lloyd writes: “This is Nero. He likes to pretend he’s a Labrador, but he’s actually a Patterdale terrier. He is 90% angel, 10% devil.”

The Lawyer Listens

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

The “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” singer was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and became world-renowned for his beautiful voice and ukulele skills. Though he died in 1997, his 1988 cover of the iconic Wizard of Oz song remains one of the best renditions of the song originally sung by Judy Garland. After being noticed by National Public Radio (NPR), the song topped the charts in 2011, 14 years after the Hawaiian singer passed away at the age of 38.

Known as the voice of Hawai’i, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole was also an outspoken champion of Hawaiian rights and Hawaiian independence, both through his lyrics, which often stated the case for independence directly, and through his own actions. –Laure Latham, Obelisk