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Vowel sounds

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It's no surprise that Brian Sewell, the Evening Standard's feisty art critic (and erstwhile Kensington resident) should line up with the opponents of Daniel Libeskind's Henry Cole wing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, nor that Kensington and Chelsea's planning committee, which approved the design, should feel the full weight of Sewell's clipped vowels and forceful use of language which is more often directed towards the 'Serota tendency' than stalwart, yeoman defenders of public decency. But it was surprising when, during a massive outburst on a late night tv profile of Libeskind, he should turn his ire on all local authority councillors, whose planning decisions 'are ruining the whole country'. Let's have more ruins.

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