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City habits

The whole business of livery company dinners is redolent with history, even for those which are of recent origin - architects were given livery status in 1988. The dinner included the 'loving cup', and the people involved have the usual arcane titles, ranging from the Dennis Wheatley-esque 'Master', present incumbent Michael West, to various wardens, chief of which is the Upper Warden, currently the AJ planning correspondent Brian Waters, who will be the next Master. A nice innovation ...

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