Lord St John of Fawsley was in fine fettle at the launch of the Building of the Year awards, sponsored by his Royal Fine Art Commission Education Trust and BSkyB Television. Judging this year's prize had proved as difficult as writing poetry before breakfast, he said. 'The only poet to try it was Robert Southey; he may as well have moved straight to the cornflakes, 'was the verdict. He kindly remembered CABE (or 'Carbay' as he calls it) in his good wishes: 'God bless them, by which I mean God help them.'He mentioned that some of the record number of attendees at the event had told him they only came along to listen to his jokes.
No harm in that.