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What a talented, sparkling and high powered assembly it was that featured in your Sketchbook (AJ 18.01.07), inclusively photographed by Peter Murray. So many distinguished survivors all gathered in tribute to Colin Boyne, all of whom have from his lead, through the AJ together or successively, not merely recorded but also inspired the mainstream of all Britain's 20th-century creative design and construction technology.

And how very many more there were from that most varied and perhaps richest-yet period of history - Hubert de Cronin Hastings the almighty recluse, Jim Richards, Hugh Casson and Nikolaus Pevsner just for starters - only now to be known through their archived works.

But where also on this monumental occasion were both our long-surviving and ever-penetrating Hellman, and Astragal the immortal? Were they both quietly sat there with neither sketchpad nor recorder, sworn to silence under Chatham House rules? Not to reveal any close-up glimpse nor coruscating quotes of what, after reminiscing, must have been debated through and around the feast - the AJ's tasks of guiding, fostering and recording the unfolding 21st century.

Vivian Levett, West Dulwich, London

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