The newly elected Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, Celia Barlow, made her maiden speech on Tuesday 17 May, the first day of the new Parliament. As is traditional on such occasions, she concentrated on constituency issues, such as the in-the-pipeline King Alfred development on the Hove waterfront, developed by Karis, that is being designed by Frank Gehry, whose fame has been sealed by a recent cameo in The Simpsons. Gehry was in Hove last Friday, jet-lagged yet upbeat, presenting the latest phase of his now toned-down development - which was originally inspired by a conversation with Gough, who had drawn Gehry's attention to pictures of Victorian ladies walking down Brighton's famous promenade. So great was Barlow's enthusiasm for the scheme that it cast a shadow upon her geographic knowledge, so that she claimed the building could be 'the greatest Modernist building in the world', before heaping praise on the 'fantastic work Frank has achieved in Barcelona'.
Surely, that's Bilbao you're thinking of, Celia?