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Even by architectural standards,the programme at the Stirling Prize award dinner went slightly awry:by the time Future Systems stepped up to the podium to receive their award,it had slipped by an entire hour .Happily,it didn't seem to matter much,since everyone had a good time,with an excellent atmosphere and food.

Alan Forsyth and Gordon Benson , whose Museum of Scotland building had been the subject of so much controversy,were gracious in their acceptance of the runner-up prize.

David Steel ,who apparently decided against appearing as guest of honour 'because he didn't know enough about architecture'was replaced very ably by ex-hippie Rhona Brankin ,now minister for architecture (among other things) in the Scottish parliament.

Stella McCartney was absent,but since she had been unable to join the judges on the Museum of Scotland inspection,perhaps it didn't matter.Speeches were commendably short and in the case of RIBA Journal editor Amanda Baillieu ,witty.She claimed judging chairman Michael Manser had remained discreet about the winner by forgetting who it was 30 minutes after the final judging; that Marco Goldschmied had been so taken with Stella M that he had briefly turned vegetarian ('but I see he's making up for it this evening'), and that the other judge Rick Mather ,was the only one not to have used a mobile phone on their trip 'because he thinks they're vulgar'.Meanwhile the large metal award which accompanies the £20,000 Stirling Prize had the last word.Future Systems were stopped as they tried to leave from Glasgow Airport,and had to dismantle it to satisfy airport security.Dangerous business, architecture.

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