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Stamp collection

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News reaches me of a birthday bash - or 'statutory listing', as he calls it - which my old friend Gavin Stamp is having tomorrow. 'Gavin Mark Stamp, 1948' reads the invitation's inscription.

'Glasgow-style Greek revival, multistorey academic building with bookshop on the top floor.

Rectangular temple plan with two lower aisles raised on a wide podium containing main body and recesses.

Small-pane glazing to the rear. Some irregular bays when confronted with Richard Rogers. Construction: reinforced pinstripe.' His references, by the way, are from The New Georgians, edited by Alex Artley (less well known as Mrs Gavin Stamp), and the notes are similarly enlightening: 'Early example of reconstituted fogey. Original facade suffering from slight wear and tear and weathering due to climatic changes. Interior well preserved and remarkably fresh and undated despite its age.' A London event is also planned. I gather it is taking place in a house for fallen women in Soho.

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