Surely it can only be a matter of time before certain views from the Marks Barfield wheel are protected? Astragal was saving this up as an April Fool, but had no sooner done so than in comes a flyer for a conference on 'London Views', organised by the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust. Taking place on 9 March, speakers include heavyweights Hal Moggridge, Kim Wilkie and Terry Farrell (details 020 8942 0177). The aim of the conference is 'to focus attention on the importance of preserving the historic views of London and to stimulate the creation of new views'. Sounds ominous.