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NEVER MIND THE B******S

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Some of my AJ colleagues were a bit negative about the anonymous architectural blog at http: // b2architecture.blogspot. com

Call me irresponsible but I quite liked the flavour of B******s to Architecture, which bills itself as 'irreverent opinion on (mainly UK ) architecture and architects.' I'm not sure why it needs the asterisks. This is anonymous, irreverent and also the Web - most of us would be comfortable with the word spelled out. Whatever, this is a blog, one architect's occasionally rough-hewn, occasionally insightful view of his/her professional world.

Its mild truculence is surely a reaction to the reality that running a site on your own is a time-consuming, thankless and lonely business. We journalists have a whole battery of editors, sub-editors, knowledgeable colleagues and layout people who protect you from us. But the blogger, especially the anonymous blogger, has no one. Think of this site as a web version of the sort of insider conversations you hear after work in 100 architectural pubs around the country. It seems to have been going since August, although I fear the lures of the opposite sex, drink and other less licit pleasures may prove more attractive in the months to come.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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