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English Heritage chairman Sir Neil Cossons opened the Isambard Kingdom Brunel exhibition at the Design Museum with 'a five-minute eulogy to one of my heroes'. Brunel's 'brilliant anticipatory designs' were, he said, the work of someone who was 'not just an engineer but an artist'. No doubt mindful that the show is sponsored by Railtrack, Cossons added: 'He was not a shareholder's engineer'. Quite.

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