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Amusing antics at the Thames Gateway Forum last week, bringing much-needed lighthearted respite to an otherwise dry occasion. When Stuart Lipton was asked to chair a debate on 'inspirational development', he took timekeeping - over speeches by the likes of Eric Kuhne and Lend Lease Communities chief Keith Perry - to extremes. Halfway through their talks the former head of CABE would walk over the stage and stand next to them, to give the speaker a gentle reminder to hurry up.

But Bluewater bruiser Kuhne was having none of it.

'I know Stuart wants me to hurry up but he's gonna have to give me a couple more minutes, ' said the architect, before Lipton was forced to take a seat in the front row with his tail between his legs, much to the audience's hilarity.

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