Kirby knew that the younger members of the force liked to call him “Old School Kirby” or just “Old School” for short. And yes, when it was an option he did prefer to use pen and paper. Also, he called a phone a phone rather than a mobile. What’s more, his “rang” rather than play the theme from his favourite song. If it had have done, his choice would no doubt have provoked even more comments. Anyway, Louis Armstrong singing “What a Beautiful World” didn’t seem appropriate for a copper.
He wasn’t a complete techno Luddite. He did admit computer age policing had its uses; just you couldn’t solve crimes by googling and tweeting. He still believed coppering was ninety percent slog, ten percent inspiration and ten percent perspiration. And yes, he did know that was one hundred and ten percent.
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