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To learn from Brunel, return to his roots

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It is refreshing to read Paul Hyett singing the praises of Brunel and nineteenth-century engineering (aj 14.5.98).

I had assumed (I hope correctly) that Brunel's statue at Paddington had been removed temporarily; because of the works to adapt the 'lawn' to accommodate the Heathrow Express.

If we wish to walk in the footsteps of Brunel we need to return to his roots (or more accurately those of his father, Marc Isambard Brunel, also an engineer of outstanding achievement) and visit Normandy to ponder the Pont de Normandie - an audacious and stunningly beautiful work of twentieth- century engineering!

MICHAEL TUTTON

London N8

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