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Modern mystery

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Prince Charles says he is a modernist who is interested in saving our industrial heritage, claimed the Observer on its front page last week. And indeed, writing for the paper, the Prince praised the increasing use of 'heritage' buildings for new purposes. Nowhere does he say he is a modernist, and indeed he manages to have a sideswipe at the idea: 'Try converting a modern building to new uses and see what happens!' he chortles. But he is happy enough about a new shopping centre in the middle of Swindon which has saved 16ha of green fields in the adjacent countryside. I wonder what the Council for the Protection of Rural England thinks about it. I hear the council's 'London branch' (honestly) is complaining about the planned White City shopping centre on the grounds that people will travel to it by car, and that this is very bad. The fact they will not be travelling into the countryside seems to have escaped the cpre's notice. Perhaps it should make contact with the Prince.

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