Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Clive Stafford Smith: shedworker

Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith is interviewed by David Aaronovitch in The Times about his work, some of which takes place in a garden office - or as Aaronovitch describes it "a medium-sized garden shed with steamed-up windows" - at his Dorset home. He continues:
“We call it the Pentagon,” explains Clive, after he has telescoped out of his chair to meet me. And so it is, but very irregular and basic. There is a wood-fired burner for heating, a rudimentary set of bookshelves, a dreadful bit of human rights statuary that Emily won't have in the house, an Apple Mac, an iBook and an iPhone, a Thermos for Clive's coffee, and no loo. Although he says that he goes back to the house for a pee, I wonder. There are bushes - and no one, surely, is that saintly."

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