Some of you will remember that I railed on about the Nanny State earlier last year.
It seemed to me that when the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the Chief Constable of the Metropolitan Police for an "unsafe system of work" when an officer unfortunately fell to his death whilst chasing a burglar, that we had - as a nation - finally lost the plot.
It was therefore with some joy that I read about the ruling of Mr Justice Burton on the question of the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club.
There are, you see, a group of hardy individuals who like to take a dip in "the mixed pond" on Hampstead Heath, and they had been doing so for many years without a lifeguard being present.
The problem was that the Corporation of London feared prosecution by the HSE in the event of an accident and attempted to ban the practice. Fortunately the swimmers are a reasonably well-heeled bunch and could afford a decent solicitor.
At the hearing the ruling went in favour of the swimmers and furthermore said "risk is inherent in life; and some risk is unavoidable".
How refreshing. My joy upon reading this was, however, tempered only a few days later when I read a further article about the state of nanny.
It was the story of the breast-feeding executive mother who left baby and dad home alone whilst she travelled to New York for a meeting. It came as a shock to her to discover that the bab wouldn't drink out of the bottle and became dehydrated. Mum had to fly home to provide succour on draft.
And whose fault was it? Well, British Airways of course! They had the temerity to charge her for her additional flights, she had not paid the extra required for a flexible ticket and was (rightly) not covered by insurance.
Mum thought she had every right to complain to any newspaper who would listen - and worse still, plenty did. It had escaped her that her own lack of preparation had caused her the inconvenience. Instead it was someone else's fault.
So what do we take from these two tales? Firstly, if you get the chance, choose your judge wisely. Secondly, the next time someone whinges about the inflexibility of their airline ticket tell them to read the small-print. Or better still, get a solicitor to do it for them.
* Nigel Wood is senior partner at Birmingham law firm the Wilkes Partnership.