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There was a certain incongruity in seeing a projection of Hugh Broughton's jaunty pavilions for the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station in front of the magnificent Baroque decorations of the Painted Hall at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

Broughton in fact is working at the college, on a very discreet disabled lift. But the reason for the images was a magnificent dinner featuring speakers on the topic of 'Extreme architecture: saving and surviving the ice'.

Fortunately the third speaker, Mike Stroud, did not speak until after dinner, as his tales of trekking across the South Pole with explorer Ranulph Fiennes could have put the sensitive off their dinner - especially the part where Fiennes removed his sock and took a toe with it.

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