Sir, Lucy Kellaway claims to have found two occupations that are strangers to storytelling, namely plumbers and dentists (“ Stories are best for the Bible and in novels, not the C-suite”, December 7). But has Lucy not heard this old chestnut?

A pipe bursts in a dentist’s house. He calls a plumber. The plumber arrives, unpacks his tools, does mysterious stuff with wrenches and pliers for a while, and then hands his customer a bill for €400. The dentist exclaims: “This is ridiculous! I don’t make that much in a day.” The plumber quietly answers: “Neither did I when I was a dentist.”

John O’Byrne

Harold’s Cross, Dublin, Ireland

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