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Our fishy theory?

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Nice to see the Liberal Democrats finally catching up with the AJ by demanding that the Thames Gateway should become a city on stilts to alleviate the threat of flooding. Those of you with reasonable memories will remember the AJ highlighting that the government was looking into building 'a Venetian-style city on stilts' (AJ 1.4.04). Quite how many readers at the time realised this was an April fool spoof is uncertain, although the real authors of the story had hoped the bylined Noah Plimsoll ought to have given it away. The fact that the story also quoted a Vissen van Dijk ('vissen' being the Dutch for fish) was also placed as a pointer to the hoax. The rendering by my old journalist friend Rob Gregory could also have been a clue.

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