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Awards with names, like the Stirling, often become detached from the person in whose honour they are given.

So it was nice to hear a toast to 'Big Jim' from George Ferguson concluding the evening. Perhaps next year we might get some form of reminder about the architecture Stirling stood for as a prequel to the awards - a cultural dimension to add savour to all the glitz. As critic and broadcaster Fay Sweet discovered, architecture has not entirely succeeded in infiltrating the mind of the public at large. Attempting to place a bet, she told the bookmaker's clerk she wanted to put £10 on the Stirling Prize. 'What race is it running in?' came the reply.

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