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The silly season began early this year with news of Lord Rogers' apparent devotion to sex and cruising in public spaces; Radio 4 covered the item following his recent RIBA lecture, while the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard went into paroxysms of mock astonishment. The Mail had the bright idea of interviewing several of my lord's neighbours in Royal Avenue, Chelsea. They were none too happy at his policies being put into effect on their own doorstep. Another silly story, courtesy of the Mail on Sunday , concerns the real-life tribulations of Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding. Having bought a house in Hollywood, she is now suing the broker who sold it to her because of minor matters such as a leaking roof (surprise), dry rot, blocked sewage pipes, a faulty heating system and a sinking pool house. Indeed, the roof and ceiling collapsed during a rain storm. The multimillion-pound lawsuit runs to 33 pages - almost enough for a book.

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