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Restoration: that's entertainment?

I was interested to see Tanya Ross' reference to Joe Public in her defence of BBC2's Restoration series.

It happens that Joe Public is a neighbour of mine (I think there is a Mrs Public, but we don't see much of her) and he fully endorses Tanya's view of him. He admires all those clever TV people who know exactly what he wants and can make any subject into a participatory game show, even boring old architecture. He admits he would not be able to understand any sort of serious presentation and needs famous celebs to tell him what to think.

The man in the street next to us, also mentioned by Tanya, agrees with her as well. All those 'pretentious waffle spouting' intellectual architects contribute nothing to society. They should stop being critical, come down from their ivory tower blocks and 'muck in' to find their 'true identity' in the real world of TV entertainment.

As Tanya says, no wonder nobody wants to go to schools of architecture!

Louis Hellman, London W5

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