Norton Rose Fulbright staff have revealed that however City they appear now, their first jobs were as diverse as 'tour guide for a tin can castle' and 'corpse'.
Unbeknown to most outsiders, NRF publishes its own in-house magazine, 'RE:'. The letters page of the December 2019 edition demonstrates that within the firm, its best kept secret has a dedicated fandom.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading in the last issue of the magazine about the railway adventures of my fellow colleagues", wrote Jenny, "It reminded me of my visit to [continues]". "The serendipitous joy of returning from a difficult meeting to discover another edition of RE:", praised Scott. "The savouring began on page 01. And I paused to wonder: monochrome inside covers, but why?"
The stand-out feature of the latest edition is NRF employees describing their first jobs. It "feels like it should be a very lengthy bit of human interest fluff", said a source, "but turns out to be a series of absolutely deadpan oddness".
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One entry finds a competition associate in London recalling how he played a dead boy. His description of his mentor leaves a lot unsaid, yet still manages to paint a tragic picture.
A Norton Rose Fulbright translater in Quebec guided the rare tourists to her village around its 'castle'. The fact she hasn't forgotten the exact number of 'bricks' indicates the level of trauma involved.
Natalia, a business adviser in Moscow, does not explode any stereotypes about Soviet Russia.
The editor's entry swings seamlessly from Merchant & Ivory to assault by seafood.
Apparently, not all children in Amsterdam start out pre-rolling naughty cigarettes for tourists. Some are plunged into gore.
Like the Dutch banking lawyer's entry above, the Beijing office manager sounds unnervingly like she's testifying about historic abuse.
Did you start on your path to law after fabricating fertility sculptures for your hamlet's summer fayre, or unloading stolen goods in the dead of night? Let RollOnFriday know, or point us to more strange stuff in your in-house mags.