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Astragal Hard boiled

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Would Sir John have approved? The Soane Museum Kitchen Lecture, taking place in the Old Kitchen on 8 March, will be given by Cedric Price. Tickets (if any are left) from 020 7430 0175. The title is something of a classic: 'Boiling potatoes is a useful, imaginative and humane act. Can architects match such a performance?' We can only hope so.

'Visitors to the London Eye suffered a terrifying 30-minute ordeal last week when the giant wheel span out of control and started whisking the capsules through the air at 50 miles per hour, the aj can reveal'. Well, actually, this is sadly not true - our long-exposure picture is courtesy of Mannesmann Rexroth, which supplied the driving power for the frighteningly popular Marks Barfield- designed structure. The Cambridgeshire firm makes sure the 1100 tonne wheel keeps spinning at 0.26m/s - but no faster!

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