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Gunpowder as a successful treatment for bunions is just one of the quirky nuggets of information to be found in Tempus Fugit, the adventures of an articled clerk in the 1930s. The author is Clifford Rhodes, a retired provincial solicitor now aged 77, who writes with wit and some nostalgia of his time in the law. (Published by Meredith, Ray & Littler of Salford, price pounds 6.95).