It would be wrong of me, at this time of approaching good will, not to remind you of the pleasures of www. spa.uk. net, the work of nearpolymath satirist Ian Martin, with whom I first had the honour to work as a journalist 25 years ago. At the time he also ran a band, now a distant memory, although it probably accounts for the fact that he now wears dark glasses even during the evening.
SPA originally stood for small practice architect but, I suspect, the grinding nature of this sector of the industry, plus Martin's inability to take things other than extremely unseriously, means that the site has transmogrified into the world's premier architectural satire site.
It is, of course, more than that. There is a Spot the Fake competition section, a series of tile games, a take on Corb's inflated prose and a critic's section with sub-topics such as 'The War on Retroism', 'Classic Interiors' and 'Jazz Architecture'. The archive section is a wonderful mine including random clerihews about contemporary architecture. To subscribe to the free SPA newsletter, send a blank email to subscribe@spa. uk. net Ok, here is one from the normally hard men of the AJ news desk: www. sr. se/p1/ src/sing/index. htm-