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Jonathan Meades was as lateral-thinking as ever at the obscure but influential Maverick Club last week. Speaking on the theme 'Forget About Nostalgia', Meades argued that 'tertiary syphilis and its repercussions on perception explain a lot about Victorian architecture'. While going on to say that he 'loved many Victorian monstrosities', he cited William Morris as the arch culprit in the romanticisation of Britain - a man who 'despised mass production but who became the mass producer ...

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