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In praise of the cliché

At the end of the day, sometimes you’ve just got to think inside the box

Blue-sky thinking: banality or ancient wisdom? (photo:

In the past week, I have taken a rain check, stared down the elephant in the room, and been my own worst enemy in more ways than one.

I am not proud. As Nigel Fountain, author of a new book Clichés: Avoid Them Like the Plague (Michael O’Mara), would tell me, I am guilty of repetition, banality and confirmation of the expected.

In my defence, it’s been a week of extremes. Or do I mean two halves? It began in New York…

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