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Scale the heights

Reports of increasingly bizarre behaviour at the riba's brainstorming week-end to conjure up a future for the special collections turn from a trickle to a torrent. Readers will remember that attendees had to sign up to the eccentric rules of the sect which runs the venue, Nuneham Courtenay in Oxfordshire: they can eat neither meat nor fish, nor drink alcohol, nor smoke. Library committee chairman Rod Hackney turned up in one of his Rolls-Royces; Paul Hyett has been meditating regularly ...

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