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1 November 2011

I recently caught myself saying into a digital dictation microphone my standard phrase with which I have for years now wrapped up my recordings as a clear sign off: “Thanks that’s the end of that tape.” Tape. Tape? What even is one of those? I vaguely recall the days of handing physical files to secretaries with a tiny tape in its little clip-on holder attached to the front of them. The tapes were easily mislaid, quickly wiped/recorded over in error and have thankfully now been consigned to history in favour of digital files.

One thing I’m not quite old enough to remember seeing in legal practice (no offence is intended if you are) is typewriters. My dad had one at home on which he used to bash out work-related letters at weekends on the dining table. It had its own little case and weighted about a tonne. I had forgotten all about it and its genre until my six-year-old daughter encountered the word in her school reading book this week. She sounded it out and got its p...

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