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Carry on Biennale

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As the usual army of great and good architects suns itself at the Venice Biennale, those who fund the British presence (ie taxpayers) are once again left wondering why, if what is exhibited in Venice is so good, we cannot see it back in Blighty.

The idea was mooted but failed to materialise last time round, when there was a proposal to make the architecture of London's new Jubilee Line stations the subject of the British Pavilion exhibit. The idea was to bring the show back to the Royal Academy, but the British Council, responsible for the British presence in Venice, started fund-raising too late and the idea was aborted. It surely cannot be beyond the organisational powers of the council to do something about this. They always have two years to think about it. Perhaps culture minister Lord McIntosh could have a word at the pavilion reception.

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