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Let us not be like the gas man

Russell Conway bemoans unintelligible styles of billing, and argues that lawyers' invoices are easier than others to digest

17 May 2016

Getting letters at home is not much fun these days. It is generally going to be a fine for speeding, where you have been doing
32 miles per hour (mph) in a 30mph zone; an incursion into the congestion charge zone; perhaps a bank statement if you are lucky; and, of course, the gas man - but I will return to that one shortly

Social media means we
never get a postcard showing a perfect beach populated only by palm trees and surf. Relatives just text, WhatsApp, or message you on Facebook. I cannot actually remember when I last received a letter from a friend, which is rather sad. Letters
used to be rather a lot of fun, didn`t they?

But let's return to the gas man. He sends me a bill every quarter. This rankles a little as it is not really a bill as I pay by direct debit. The 'bill' actually demonstrates that I am owed money by the gas company.
But when I ...

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