Martin Pawley how old are you?
1 Describe your first drawing board.
(a) It was a masterpiece of craftsmanship in wood with screws in brass slots to allow for expansion and contraction. It weighed a ton and it had a strip a real ebony slotted into its left-hand side that matched the ebony edge on the tee square that slid up and down it. After a time it got pitted around the corners from drawing pins and there was a build- up of brown sticky tape where the Whatman sheets had been stuck down and stretched. Boards came in different sizes, Antiquarian was big, then there was Double Elephant and Imperial . . .
(b) Weird names. My monitor was 'Tiko low radiation'.
2 What are railway curves?
(a) They were long thin strips of wood with edges curved to wide radiuses. They were kept in a special wooden box. Nobody ever used them. (b) They sound like curtain fittings.
3 Do you remember Andy Macmillan?
(a) Of course. Good old Andy. (b) Of course. Good old Andy.
4 Who was the first living famous architect you were aware of?
(a) Sir Basil Spence. (b) Daniel Libeskind.
5 Did you ever personally own a pair of proportional dividers?
(a) Yes, but I kept them in a box and never used them. (b) No.
6 Did you ever, even if on only one occasion, play the banjo in a traditional jazz band and wear a college scarf?
(a) er . . . (b) Ban who?
7 Have you ever laughed at Beavis and Butt-Head?
(a) No. (b) Yes, I am always amused when they burp and go 'heheheheheh'.
8 Do you remember when all telephones were the same and they all had letters as well as numbers on their dials? Do you also remember having to ask the operator if you wanted to make a long-distance call and having to press button A and button B?
(a) Yes. Yes. Yes! (b) What are 'dials'?
9 Which did you think was funniest, Jim's Inn or At Last the 1948 Show?
(a) I liked 'Mr H'. (b) That is pathetic.
10 Did you ever pretend you could read the surveying stuff, write numbers down, then make the slope look right back in the office?
(a) Ha Ha Ha! I certainly did. I remember one time the senior partner had the dumpy and I couldn't make head nor tail of . . . (continued on page 94). (b) I don't understand the question.
11 Do you remember the time when everybody used to say 'man' after a sentence?
(a) 'Right on!' (b) This is so sad.
12 What was The National Plan?
(a) An Old Labour scheme for system-building houses. (b) Something to do with Joseph Stalin?
13 What is The Third Way?
(a) Something to do with the Dalai Lama? (b) A New Labour scheme for system-building houses.
14. In the 1960s Progressive Architecture ran an enthusiastic article on the value of lsd as a design aid. True or false?
(a) True. (b) We haven't used lsd for years. We can't wait to use Euros.