Good news cements the peace that has broken out between arb and the riba. Members of the joint visiting board panel spent a happy and profitable two days in Birmingham undertaking a bonding experience. That the instructor in protocol bore a strong resemblance to Ken Dodd no doubt helped, and provided the naughtier delegates with an excuse to laugh. Tipped to replace the unloved (and suddenly departed) Andrew Finch as arb registrar is Jane Rees, a consultant with experience in the world of quality control. Most appropriate.