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Good start

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Lord Foster was looking cheerful at the breakfast party preview of the Great Court on Monday. The great and the good were out in force including Cedric Price, Jan K and Amanda L, Jeremy Dixon, Ed Jones, Bob Maxwell, John Winter, Richard Burton, Monica Pidgeon and other legions from Camden too numerous to mention. General verdict: terrific, and why all the fuss over the south portico? The various kinds of stone used in the project are a hymn to European harmony:

Spanish round the Reading Room, Dijon on the floor, and the said portico from Normandy. As for the roof, it is set to become one of London's great attractions. It also keeps up the European theme: it was produced by Austrians.

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