'The debate over the aesthetics of the two rival gla contenders is a side issue diverting architects and the rest of us from the thing that really matters: the dishing-up of what remains of the public realm to the private sector.' Jonathan Glancey on the gla headquarters being PFI-funded. Guardian, 8.2.99
'Business has been kind to me and I want to do something for my country.' South Bank Centre chairman Elliot Bernerd. Evening Standard, 5.2.99
'I was very pleased when he took over. He's a close friend, among Britain's best property developers . . .' Lord Richard Rogers on Bernerd. Ibid.
'There is a contradiction between what the Duchy of Cornwall is doing in his Royal Highness' name and what he says about the environment.' Len Morris, Somerset councillor, on a proposed Duchy housing development in the county's Welton Valley. IoS, 7.2.99
'The trick isn't finding a good restaurant, it's finding the right restaurant. A large part of the pleasure of dining out is suiting the . . . moment to your eating experience. How people can make the mistake of confining themselves to one favourite is beyond me. That completely misses the point, which is to tart yourself around, in the food sense.' Advice from Piers Gough. IoS, 7.2.99
'Critics of architecture can still be hard on Centre Point, and you somehow doubt that Prince Charles keeps a picture of it next to Camilla's . . .' Jonathan Margolis. Evening Standard, 5.2.99