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Tulkinghorn has participated in many a dull conference call, but has never quite had the courage to pass the time in the same way as some Linklaters associates.
It has reached Tulkinghorn's attention that a traditional game called 'conference call roulette' has done the rounds for many years, providing a forum for young lawyers to prove their strength and bravery among peers. To play, the willing candidate apparently hammers the mute button while on a conference call until they no longer know whether the mute function is active.
At this point, the candidate takes a deep breath and roars an obscenity down the phone at full blast. If silence follows, accompanied by a partner's heavy footsteps down the corridor, then the associate can be assured that their tale will be the stuff of legend - even if they don't have the longest of careers.