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One of the more successful innovations at this year's RIBA Awards was the addition of Astragal's old friend and media star Max Hutchinson as compère.

Hutchinson proved rather successful in keeping the murmured whispering to a bare minimum, but disastrous at making the regions feel loved. Among the many provincial towns and cities to suffer a Hutch-style tonguelashing was poor old Hull.

Commenting on Niall McLaughlin's Arc in the city, Maxwell observed that the scheme took inspiration from the form of caravans, traditionally one of the area's major industries. 'This, ' the former Songs of Praise presenter said, 'was because so many people want to get out'.

That's not very nice, is it?

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