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Gosling recalled

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David Gosling, whose life is recorded elsewhere in this issue, was a great raconteur. His stories, often episodes from his own career, brought humour to the frequently serious world of architecture. A favourite was about his time as leader of the design section of the Manchester practice Leach Rhodes and Walker in 1962. It was here that in addition to his design duties, he was asked to coordinate a programme of visiting guest speakers for the younger members of staff. On one occasion, a senior partner insisted on a visit from a lecturer whose work did not inspire David, but in true Gosling style, he indulged the speaker with an extended pre-lecture lunch and 'libation' (a typical Gosling expression). After the necessary introductions in the lecture theatre, lights were dimmed and David proceeded to fall asleep (something that he led us all to believe had occurred on more than one occasion). The lecturer droned on and on - only pausing briefly to change carousels on his slide projector for the second instalment of the talk.

It was at this moment, as the lights were briefly turned on, that he awoke from his siesta, rose to his feet and with Gosling aplomb gave a spontaneous vote of thanks.That is style.

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