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How to become a pillock of society

17 October 2011

While the world was watching the face of Amanda Knox in the final moments of her appeal in the desperately sad case of the murder of Meredith Kercher, I was like a cat fascinated by a piece of string, because the television pictures would from time to time pan across the court to reveal the attire of the Italian lawyers.

I know that in dignified situations one’s dress must match the occasion, but why were the lawyers wearing curtain tassels sticking out of their arms?

What we wear defines us, as I found out recently when I was subjected to a humiliating (but interesting) experience in a clothes store in Norwich.

We are now about to enter a new era, if the doom-laden views expressed in a recent newspaper are to be believed. Last week an article in The Times reported the predictions of one investment bank that virtually all the 10,000 or so firms of high street solicitors will close down because they will either be pushed out of business or absorbed into larger f...

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