I was into Lego big time from aged 7 until, er 42. Over the (early) years I managed to collect quite a hoard.
When I went to University aged 18, I left it all behind and, after a while, it got transferred to my Mum and Dad's attic.
There it languished for 20 odd years until one day a year or so ago my Mum reminded me about it. So I picked it up on my next visit and then it sat for another year or so in our house. My children (5, 4 and 1) weren't interested in it despite my best efforts to encourage them. Too much Wii and other modern distractions.
But then, following the banning of Wii in our house for a month (I won't go into the behaviour that resulted in that punishment but it wasn't pretty) my children finally discovered the joys of building houses, petrol stations and cars etc etc. They are now so keen on it that I have been forced (!) to organise a trip to Legoland and the 'Wii' word is now confined to the bathroom.
Playing with my children brought the memories flooding back - all the contraptions I used to build and play with. I remembered in particular an American Lorry I made once in my bedroom. You know - the one with the large bonnet and sleeping accommodation at the back. It took me a whole Saturday morning and I was so pleased with it, I thought I would take it downstairs to show my Mum and Dad. So I picked it up carefully and carried it downstairs. Half way down however, disaster! I tripped on my moccasins (it was the 70s after all) and dropped it. The truck disintegrated before my eyes as it bounced down to the bottom of the stairs.
I was distraught.
But you know what I did? I picked up all the pieces and built another one. This one was actually better and even had a trailer which it could pull along. I was very careful this time however to commence the reconstuction downstairs.
So you see, although Royal Assent is looming for the Jackson reforms which some believe spell the end of the personal injury claims industry in this country as we know it, my view is that working together, we can end up with a system that is better than what we have at the moment. Better for clients, fairer for defendants and providing a living for lawyers and ATE Insurers.