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'It's incredibly bland. They could have put a heap of dung here with wattle and daub rooms and it would have been successful.'

Simon Miles, a customer at Manser's and Conran's Great Eastern Hotel. Evening Standard, 6.3.00

'The pity of the onslaught on Miralles is that ... we might be pushed back to a time when to be sensitive to architectural issues was in itself regarded as a terminal extravagance.'

Deyan Sudjic on the Scottish Parliament costs row. Observer, 5.3.00

'To be immodest, I have a reputation for getting things done.'

Departing eh chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens. Heritage Today, March 2000.

'I am going on about the Wheel for two reasons. The first is because I have been on it, and it is terrific. The second is that I have met its engineer, and she is a woman.'

Gavin Stamp applauds Jane Wernick's role in the London Eye. Spectator, 4.3.00

'Capitalism destroys and creates places, but the places it creates seem always, at least to begin with, less rich than the places it destroys.'

Patrick Keiller. Independent, 6.3.00

'He was passionate in his search for the beautiful, and you don't have to accept his definitions of what it is to be moved by his search.'

Rowan Moore on Ruskin on the centenary of his death. Evening Standard, 6.3.00

'The concept that some less accessible art forms are worth funding on their own merits is not one with which New Labour is at all happy.'

Ian Hislop. Sunday Telegraph, 5.3.00

'I assure you, we have the right Gerbeau.'

A Dome spokesman on a suggestion that the nmec had meant to hire ex-Disney executive Jean Marie-Gerbeaux. Guardian, 4.3.00

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