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Double act

Monday night’s London RIBA regional awards in Will Alsop’s impressive Blizard Building near Whitechapel was attended by a healthy gaggle of big names – many fresh from their jaunts in Venice. The appearance of the hard-working Biennale head honcho Jeremy Till was certainly a surprise so soon after his Italian Job, not least because he is usually found hanging around South Yorkshire. The undisputed low-light of an otherwise upbeat evening however was the strange ‘turn’ by Max Hutchinson and radio’s ‘London-to-the core (blimey)’ Robert Elms. The mismatched pair tried to recreate the witty and insightful on air banter they apparently wow listeners with on LBC. This bizarre, self-generated debate was, frankly, embarrassing. Newsnight's economics editor Stephanie Flanders kindly described the ‘perfomance’ as akin to that of Flanagan and Allen. In fairness it was more like Cannon and Ball. If their regular broadcasts are anything like this, then it is unlikely Astragal will be tuning in.

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