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Laugh a minute


I noticed Paul Finch chatting to Zaha Hadid at the opening of the Serpentine Gallery's summer pavilion. He was getting her opinion on a joke he had told at the RIBA Awards. It concerned the George Bush Jr Spelling Bee Award for 2003, which went to Zaha on the grounds that she could spell Cincinnati correctly (she has just completed an arts centre there).

Finch said the president would be soon pinning a medal on her; Zaha's only worry was that when George Bush pins something on an Iraqi, Tony Blair sends in ground troops. Zaha laughed; Finch looked relieved.

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