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Orange spiel

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In St James' Palace, where hrh announces that he is the official patron of the Orange competition, I spot the relaxed-looking riba president, David Rock. His only gripes are a) the riba has not been consulted on the competition and b) that the Guardian got his age wrong in last week's birthdays column. He is not 71, but 69. Other select guests include Lord St John of Fawsley, David Steel, Alan Baxter, pow Institute chief Adrian Gale, and weatherman Michael Fish, who is reportedly having trouble with his Vodafone (of course). We witness a bizarre cameo performance by an inebriated sculptor, who leaps on to the rostrum after the prince's speech, and makes an impromptu declaration 'from the heart' about magnetic radiation and Charles's admiration for the Kalahari bushmen. It's all about communication.

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