This is another Tail from our student days, when we spent our precious summers on the Isle of Man.

Mick is a black Labrador, a brilliant gun dog. He lives in an out-house, and is never allowed indoors.

We are down at Ballachrink, shooting dawn and dusk. Les kindly allows us to borrow Mick. The trouble is that when we get in at night, Mick sets off and runs home to Ballachristory.

This is inconvenient. We have to drive to Ballachristory before dawn to collect him. We decide to see if Mick is corruptible, and it turns out that he is very partial to toast and marmalade. This is just as well, since it is all we have in the house.

We return triumphant from our dawn shoot, with partridge. Les arrives in his van looking worried: “Is Mick with you? He did not come home last night.”

Mick is sitting on our sofa, licking marmalade off his whiskers, looking slightly guilty.

Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author. Chris has a LLB in law from Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained as a barrister in London. He worked for eight years' as an in-house lawyer for BP and Marathon. Since 1991, Chris has run his own upstream legal practice, CPTL, which has acted for many upstream clients. He has extensive experience of international upstream transactions, principally in the North Sea, the FSU, Africa and the Middle East. Chris has spoken at many UK and International Conferences and Seminars, both public and in-house. His most popular current lecture is Fundamental of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.