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letters Recalling missed chance to soar with Sir Hugh

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Reading Sir Hugh Casson's obituary (AJ 26.8.99) brought to mind a friend's comment: 'He'll probably turn up in anorak and carpet slippers!'

It was Expo '67 (Montreal) year - the venue, Salisbury - and together with the senior partner I met him for a discussion about our infill problem.

While crossing the road for a better view of the site, Sir Hugh was producing a succession of pad pens. 'I'm looking for one that doesn't write,' he announced. Then, sketching away, he was saying: 'Let's try the 'heavy brow' effect, shall we?'

In conversation, my going to Expo cropped up. 'Wonderful,' he announced with enthusiasm. 'Let's get the same plane!' Sadly, I was all booked up and missed the opportunity of a lifetime to experience more of that homely yet intellectual friendliness the anorak/slippers analogy had epitomised.

Richard Brown, Poole

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