I'm 64, married with a grown up son and daughter, the former a teacher at a prep school in Oxford, the latter a social worker with Cumbria CC. My husband, Peter, is a circuit judge in Carlisle. He was appointed in 2007, since when we have lived in Keswick. We have long links with Keswick, though, having had holidays in Borrowdale or Newlands since 1971. I am a solicitor, now a part-time tribunal judge, still sitting on Mental Health Tribunals. My interest in language and words is life-long from starting French at the age of 8. I did my degree in Russian and German at St. Andrews and subsequently qualified as a solicitor. I met and married Peter before I had the chance to apply for a scholarship to study law in Germany. Now, because I have to write judgments, I am more and more realising the connection between the discipline of language and the discipline of law. I joined MWG because I thought I needed to break free from these constraints. Needless to say - I love reading.