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Special relationships

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As the aia gathers in London for its international conference, news reaches me of an adulterer at the White House. But this is not Bill Clinton, nor his role model, President Kennedy. Instead, step forward pioneer British Modernist FRS Yorke. Invited to a grand dinner as part of a cultural exchange, Yorke became rather friendly with the young lady next to him. When all had to rise for the Loyal Toast their chairs were conspicuously empty, for they were engaging in an exchange of a more basic kind on the lawn outside. I trust things will be more decorous at the aia's Reform Club reception this evening. Meanwhile, given these friendships which are 'wrong and not appropriate', it's good to see the Special Relationship back on the agenda. That's the title of the forthcoming conference at the aa organised by the Paul Mellon Foundation. A strong line-up includes British participants Norman Foster, John Winter, M J Long and Zaha Hadid. Robert Stern will talking about Britons at Yale in the 1960s - a highly appropriate choice, incidentally, since he has just become dean at Yale. Let's hope transatlantic influences under discussion find time to mention Eurodisney, where Bob of course starred.

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