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Don't ask us

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Fun and frolics over at the riba information line, the 0891 number the institute runs to provide priceless advice to diallers and make a bit of dosh on the side. Apparently the line, which the riba is trying to keep fairly hush-hush (in the hope that its small servicing staff aren't completely rushed off their feet), has been receiving some interesting enquiries of late. Apart from architects using the line to check up on other architects before they go to job interviews, and plumbers ringing up to ask what sort of taps they should install (!), one panicky caller dialled the number from Australia at 12 midnight (their time) to ask what a Quinlan Terry cathedral might look like, as their client had just asked for one. The best example of phone-line strangeness had to be from a practice which had been going strong for a considerable number of years. 'I'm a bit worried about something called cdm regulations,' said the caller. 'What are they?'

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