PAWLEY'S SPIKY EXTERIOR HID A GENEROUS SOUL...
I enjoyed the very recognisable pictures of Martin Pawley (AJ 02.06.05), but don't let's forget his essay-length pieces for Blueprint - for my money sometimes his very best writing.
Also, lurking within the irascible one, is a very generous person. I once put his slides into the carousel for a lecture at the AA. Every single one was back to front. He carried on cheerfully.
Another time, I got a phone call one February evening while my self-organised lecture tour of the US was falling to bits.
'Can you hear me?' came the voice down a crackling line from Tallahassee. 'Get here by 20 April and you'll be visiting scholar for the week.' I did, and the fee paid for the entire trip.
Gillian Darley, via email PS. I like the redesign, very much.