Taking Stock – Better the devil you know than a lawyer.

Here at TS we are inundated with letters intended to expose and shun accountants in their various predicaments.

However, at a recent European conference in Brussels, TS heard yet another attack on accountants by, of all people, a lawyer.

The lawyer graced his audience full of European accountants with an anecdote about the Siberian Curse which, according to the so-called ‘defender of the people’, went like this:

A trip on the trans-Siberian railway might seem long, but if you take the same trip with an accountant it’ll seem twice as long! The gall of it!

No, we didn’t find it amusing either. And we felt it was time to hit back.

Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, an honest lawyer and an old drunk are walking down a street together when they simultaneously spot a hundred-dollar bill. Who gets it? The old drunk, of course, the other three are mythical.

Here’s another one. At a New England society dinner author, Mark Twain had just finished a piquant address when a Mr Evarts rose, shoved both hands into his trouser pockets, as was his habit, and laughingly remarked: ‘Doesn’t it strike this company as a little unusual that a professional humourist should be funny?’

Mark Twain waited until the laughter had subsided, and then drawled: ‘Doesn’t it strike this company as a little unusual that a lawyer should have his hands in his own pockets?’

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