On The Lighter Side


Drink had been consumed. Mr lane was chatting in the street when his neighbour, Mrs Holloway, yelled from a window, ‘You bloody lot!’ Mr lane wittily replied, ‘Shut up, you monkey –faced tart’, at which point her husband offered to ‘see the plaintiff on his own’. Mr Lane got his retaliation in first by punching Holloway’s shoulder ; then Holloway gave him a thump in the eye requiring 19 stitches. Lane sued for assault and battery and won. UK brawlers must accept the risk of proportionate blows, but not ‘savagery out of all proportions’. (Lane v Holloway, 1968)


Maria Muresan was ordered to do 20 days’ community service in Transylvania for airing her differences. To annoy her husband she had taken to singing and running around their block of flats naked. The singing was what really got on the neighbours’ nerves, but when police told them that singing wasn’t an offence but nudity was, they complained about that instead. That in spite of the fact that most of the men had felt that she ‘brightened the place up’. (Ananova.com, 2006)

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