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Downloading rocks and. . . er, nothing

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They are a load of old rocks to some people, but to architects they are the precursors of their art. What we are talking about is standing stones, dolmens, stone circles, hill forts, barrows, that sort of thing, which still litter the European landscape - and the site of the excellent Stone Pages at www.stonepages.com Although it is an English language site, it is the work of Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi, who are Italians and currently live together just north of Rome. During the past 11 years they have visited and photographed 412 sites, and managed to put 347 of them on the website - together with a proquality photo and a commentary on each. They have done Quicktime panoramas for 25 sites, and there is a great bibliography, with the facility to buy books from Amazon, plus a select list of archaeological websites. Totally admirable, although it could do with some more cross-referencing. Will Arosio and Meozzi turn out to be the Web Pevsners of the palaeolithic architectural world? Very possibly.

One of my correspondents says: 'I think Wandsworth council is the scum of the earth but I have to say its site is fantastic.' Can't quite agree. It is a snooze-inducing download at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/planning with lots of naff clip art views of Wandsworth.

The lead news story is, naturally, that Wandsworth's planning services has the most 'customer friendly'approach in London. I was taught in journalism school that whenever you use quote marks around words like that, you are signalling that the reader should take them with a big pinch of salt. Especially when the name of the 'independent survey'making this extraordinary claim is carefully not given. (See how it works? ) But all can be forgiven because you can download drawings of schemes up for planning. Well, it says that.

I looked at applications for March this year and found no offer of a drawings download. My fault, obviously.

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