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'What is happening in Athens is the exact opposite of what was done in Barcelona for the 1992 Games. Here, the Greek state pays little attention to architectural design, and these Olympic projects will leave no legacy to the people of Athens and the country'

Panayiotis Georgakopoulos. Independent, 13.8.03

'People were scared off, thinking we all wear shell suits and will butt you as soon as you get off the train.

As soon as we got Capital of Culture that all changed'

Estate agent Philip Furlong on a dramatic upturn in Liverpool's property market. Times, 12.8.03

'Even when giving us the bad news, Ptolemy has the fixed smile of a man who has, over the years, learned to live with his Christian name'

Simon Hoggart on the BBC's Restoration series. Spectator, 23.8.03

'a charismatic figure who manages to combine the entrepreneurial chutzpah of Branson, the eco-chic of Sting, and the self-righteousness of Gandhi'

Richard Morrison on the Eden Project's Tim Smit. Times, 15.8.03

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