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Bernard Kaukus, long-since retired chief architect of British Rail, is maintaining his record as the architect most likely to have a letter published in The Times. Last week his topic was the Lord Chancellor's wallpaper, costing £300 a roll, which he compared with the cost of wallpapering his own lavatory 20 years ago for £7.60 all-in.

'It is also so small that one can hard ly he lp brush ing up aga inst the wallpaper on entering and leaving.' He suggests the Public Accounts Committee take a peek at his handiwork before ruling on the self-important lawyer's largesse to himself.

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