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Stone me

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On to cheerier subjects - in particular the wonderful new British Museum Great Court. Astragal enjoyed a splendid preview breakfast this week, and the brilliant BBC2 documentary on it last Saturday. This spelled out how the great stone rogue managed to bamboozle his way round architect, English Heritage, museum trustees and Uncle Tom Cobley and all. He simply took advantage of the specification clause which included that dread phrase 'or similar'. It should be banned. Asked whether he had deliberately misled anyone about the stone, the rogue said: 'I've been told not to answer that. ' The scheme won plaudits for its wow factor on Radio 3's Nightwaves programme, where it was discussed by Eva Jiricna and Paul Finch. In a discussion on European cultural identity, the latter betrayed his calorific lifestyle. Asked to name something quintessentially European, he could only say: 'pizza'.

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