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On their metal

ASTRAGAL

The world of aluminium was out in force at the Aluminium Imagination Awards, held at Lord's cricket ground last week. Guest speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes part amused and part horrified his audience with tales of derring-do across the globe, eerily reminiscent of a Monty Python caricature of The Edwardian Explorer. Judges present included David Morley, Michael Stacey and Jane Wernick;

the winners were all there, naturally, with Laurie Chetwood obviously delighted at his practice's winning of the £10,000 main prize (for the Sainsbury's environmental supermarket, Greenwich Peninsula). All is not sweetness and light.There are worries that sustainability rules, with concomitant electricity taxes, will hurt this most recyclable of metals. Let's hope the government doesn't weaken this great industry.

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