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Purple haze

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RIBA residential candidate George Ferguson has sometimes been criticised for his 'comedy trousers', which come in a startling shade of red.

There is only one person in architecture who can really handle the colour, and that is Mike Davies of Richard Rogers Partnership, who gets away with it because his entire outfit is red, not just the trousers. However, endorsement of the Ferguson strides has come from an unlikely source: the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and candidate for the Archbishopric of Canterbury. He was speaking at the annual dinner of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects in the Mansion House, and a jolly good speech it was too. Apart from anything else, he claimed an alter ego had been seen working as a barman in the Abbots Castle pub, Hatton Garden, causing some confusion among his flock. He praised Ferguson's trousers, which looked particularly splendid as part of his formal dinner apparel. However, the bishop did express the view that 'purple is the colour of the future'.

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