'I remember as a boy being taken to see the interwar estate of Peacehaven on the Sussex Downs near Brighton . . . it became a byword for philistine development and a catalyst for the introduction of town and country planning. Now a thousand Peacehavens are to bloom.' Simon Jenkins on the government's determination to sacrifice green belt for new housing. Times, 21.1.98
'In his off-the-record briefings in his subterranean lab, Professor Mandelstein explains that the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the Festival of Britain had their detractors. True, but there is a difference. In 1851 and 1951, the philistines were on the outside.' Stephen Bayley. Observer, 25.1.98
'as misjudged and incongruous as inviting the Queen to do a spot of mucking-out at Lambourn because she enjoys racing . . .'
Stephen Bayley on Donald Dewar's suggestion that Prince Charles be involved in designing the new Scottish Parliament. Observer, 25.1.98
'Few will forget his performance in a meeting where design and live events companies were pitching their ideas for the Dome. [Stephen] Bayley sat around saying nothing and looking languid for the entire proceedings. He then said to one of those presenting: 'I have only one question. Where did you buy those shoes?'' Private Eye, 23.1.98
'Not many things awe Sir Norman - the architect behind such vast edifices as the Lloyd's building and, with Sir Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, the Pompidou Centre . . . '
In an article attributed to Rowan Moore. Sunday Telegraph, 25.1.98.