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Cannes openings

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MIPIM, the great annual property shindig which takes place in Cannes, attracted record numbers of visitors and exhibitors this year, including the usual flock of British architects, agents, lawyers and others anxious to meet developers in congenial surroundings. The most congenial was the Wordsearch club hosted by Peter Murray and Lee Mallett in the Carlton Hotel, notable for strong cocktails and even stronger cigars.

It is said that the property sector spends more money in three days than does the Cannes Film Festival, and judging by the conspicuous consumption in the bars and restaurants this may well be true.

Indeed, the Mayor of Cannes is muttering about the event becoming 'too big', and a nuisance to residents. Money generally talks, however, especially in the south of France, so we will probably all be there again next year. I wonder if we will ever see on exhibition the grand scheme designed by Foster and Partners a few years ago for a new exhibitions and conference centre for the city. All was going swimmingly until the design team turned up for a meeting with the then mayor, only to discover that he had been jailed.

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