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When secretaries were tall

1 December 2009

When I was small and secretaries were tall… Fans of the Bee Gees will know that this is a slight corruption of their song First of May. In the original, it was Christmas trees that were tall, but that is the nearest you will get to a Christmas article from me this year. There are only 25 fee-earning days till Christmas (if you count 25 December and all weekends) and I must get on with typing another letter to earn myself one more meagre unit.

When I was a small trainee solicitor and secretaries were tall, I, in company with my contemporaries, was terrorised by the secretaries in the firm where we worked. They were temperamental, terrifying and turbulent. They were also immensely muscular, having for years operated massive manual typewriters which demanded the same sized biceps as the riveters of the hull of the Titanic. Indeed, if secretaries of the time had done the riveting, no doubt the ship would have survived the iceberg.

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