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Scholarly abstinence

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Last weekend's love-in for anyone interested in discussing the future of the riba special collections was in a bizarre venue, which I decline to mention for fear of being invited there again. The booking form summed it all up: 'nb Meat, fish, alcohol and cigars cannot be consumed in the centre or the immediate grounds'. Some hardy souls escaped from Alcatraz to the local boozer during the course of the weekend, but could not make a night of it - thanks to a 10.30 curfew.

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