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'John Simpson had his first 15 minutes in the public eye a decade ago when he unveiled a ghastly Neo-Classical phone box for a gang of freemarketeers pompously calling themselves Mercury.

His design was to Giles Gilbert Scott's original K2 and K6 kiosks what Robbie Williams is to Frank Sinatra' Keith Miller. Daily Telegraph, 29.11.03

'Despite his high-minded allegiance to Modernism in architecture, he couldn't get on with Modernism in books or on screen. Pulp thrillers were his favourite kind of fiction, and TV comedy - The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise - was what he most liked to watch' James Lasdun remembers his father Denys. Guardian, 29.11.03

'I'd rather have controversy than produce a dull, boring building that nobody comments on. I'd rather be out there doing something outrageous that people either love or hate' Ken Shuttleworth, about to leave Foster and Partners. Guardian, 27.11.03

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