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'Can you admire a building, even give it an award, and not particularly like it? Certainly. For me, this year's Stirling Prize winner comes into that category. The American Air Museum at Duxford, like many another Norman Foster building, is dramatic but cold . . . ' Hugh Pearman, one of the Stirling Prize judges. Sunday Times, 22.11.98

'Architects used to be dull men wearing bow-ties and smoking pipes who would attempt to salvage something worthwhile from the bullying of insensitive clients. Now everything has changed . . . A handful of architects have broken through the stratosphere and are simply above rational criticism . . . ' Gavin Stamp on Daniel Libeskind's joining 'the select band of international superstar architects'. IoS, 22.11.98

' . . . Lord Rogers of Riverside, that relentlessly modish figure who now exercises more political power than any architect since Albert Speer.' Gavin Stamp. Ibid

'Not that becoming a superstar architect is easy. It needs years of assiduous self-promotion . . . ' Gavin Stamp. Ibid

'Einstein lectured at the New York World Fair in 1939 and drew millions to hear him. He would be considered far too elite for the British in 2000. The Millennium Experience can be seen as the apogee of this government's determination to give the people what they want . . . they will be offered low-brow fare dressed up with gizmos and hi-tech gimmickry.' Stephen Bayley. Guardian, 21.11.98

vital statistics

The population of Greater London grew 3 per cent between 1991 and 1997, exceeding 7 million in 1995 for the first time since the 1970s. The detr also said that employment in the area is 4 per cent lower than the 1989 peak of 4 million, and that 1.07 million people come into central London every day during the morning peak time.

House prices have fallen for the first time in three years, the rics has found. Only 10 per cent of surveyors reported a rise in prices, compared to twice as many who have seen falls, giving a 9 per cent negative net balance. There was a 1 per cent postive balance in September.

South Africa's biggest cinema operator, Ster-Kinekor, has a 75 per cent market share and 20 million visitors a year to its 360 screens. Last year it unveiled plans to develop a further 350 screens in 30 multiplexes in the uk, Ireland and other parts of Europe.

'Silver surfers', computer users over age 60, are among the keenest computer fans, spending 10 hours a week at the keyboard, three hours longer than the average. Microsoft's report found that 86 use their time for word processing, 36 per cent for accounts and 34 per cent play games.

Timothy the Tortoise, aged at least 146 years old, is probably the oldest animal in Britain, says the Telegraph. Twelve centimetres tall and weighing 5kg, he was born before 1852 and served as a ship's mascot in the Crimean War.

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