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No gherkin sarnies at the Law Society

26 October 2007

It was like a time warp. Last Friday I took a stroll from Liverpool Street to Bank where we were to gather before the ceremony. I had made roughly the same walk 35 years, 11 months and 21 days earlier.

The streets were little changed. Many of the old buildings are just as they were – the Bank of England, the Mansion House and various ancient pubs and clubs. True, they are now dwarfed by the newer edifices that have been thrown up since – huge slabs of steel, glass and concrete and the ubiquitous twisting building they call the Gherkin.

I believe it is in fact a rocket: one day we will see it orbiting the earth, still with most of its occupants tapping at their keyboards. But not all will be there because at any one time there will be a clutch of them lurking beneath a parapet or hugging a doorway performing the act now known as “smirting”.

Thirty five years ago people smoked at their desks. Now they must leave their buildings and join fellow inhalers. Man...

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