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I am indebted to the latest book from Black Dog Publishing, The Home Buyer's Guide, for a new piece of terminology from the development community. When symbols or characteristics of vernacular are superficially applied, the CABE-sponsored book tells us:

'They are called 'gob-ons' by developers (the term is indicative of the esteem in which they are held by the building industry).' Examples of gob-ons include glass-fibre chimney stacks that don't connect to a fireplace, applied timber beams, columns pretending to be the grand portico of a Classical country house, decorative coach-house doors and carriage lamps. Let's hope some of the makeover programmes draw attention to this unsavoury architectural dishonesty.

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