Year 2, week 3: ClicheClanger

Had my first proper chat with the solicitor on BigMouth’s case today.  He’s another mate of our friendly politician and is also doing the case as a favour.  He’s basically a high street solicitor who does mostly conveyancing, wills and the odd family dispute.  It seems that the work on this case is a big case of musical pass the buck where the music has very firmly stopped on me.  Each of them palming it off due to their complete lack of knowledge and experience in these matters.  Though I’m now on the case, there is also very clearly a petard upon which I have hoisted myself.

And mention of an old English saying prompts me to comment upon the solicitor’s fine way with words.  I’m going to call him ClicheClanger.  It really is a joy to listen to him and tends to raise a smile every few minutes.  It’s not that he’s cracking jokes or anything so unsubtle as that.  It’s that he has a wonderful habit of coming out with clichés which he has twisted in some tiny way in his own mind, often adding a sprinkling of French just for good measure.  So today, we had the following,

“Well, we don’t want to keep all our oeufs in one basket, now do we?”

“I mean, Rome wasn’t built, you know, yesterday, was it?”

“No use locking the stable door, what with chevals around and everything.”

“I thought discretion being the better part of glory and all that.”

“We can’t go counting one’s poulets now, can we.  Not until they’re all clucking away.”

All in a broad Yorkshire accent of which Geoffrey Boycott would be proud.

October 15, 2007 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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  1. Nicola - October 16, 2007

    Love ClicheClanger! A bit of a Northern Delboy with education. Hope to hear more of him in future weeks.

  2. DOUBLE ESPRESSO - October 16, 2007

    You should have called him DelBoy.

  3. fran - October 16, 2007

    Please see my last post – I was right!