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Talking point

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The wedding was no distant event, as the parties had only themselves to please, and nothing but the necessary preparations to wait for . . . it is a union that must be to the advantage of both; by her ease and liveliness his mind might be softened, his manners improved; and from his judgment, information and knowledge of the world, she must receive benefit of great importance. Yo!

Where will the happy couple settle after their honeymoon in the sun? Allen and McLean recently arranged the quick purchase of a flat in King's Cross while they 'look round for something which is really us'. Properties inspected so far include Sumet Jumsai's Thai-influenced detached house in Enfield, and a restored Edwardian villa - Bob Stern's first uk job - in Dagenham. But current front-runner (pictured top) is an experimental Future Systems 'living module', shown being tested in Rickmansworth. Despite the cost , Allen told aj: 'When any young couple take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent.' Go for it!

'I'm a bit of a bits and bobs person,' smiles Isabel as she recovers from a pre-marital bout of meditation. 'But now it's time to settle down.' Even Gerry looks cheerful, as he tells Astragal: 'A lady's imagination is very rapid - and Miss Allen's is no exception. It jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony - in a moment!' 'Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be in vain,' quips Isabel. 'That's true,' opines Gerry. 'Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.' The trio pictured right, a surprise wedding present from the production desk, can only bark in agreement!

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