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'That Britain still cannot manage to build a high-speed rail link from the Channel Tunnel to London is a cause for national shame. I K Brunel would surely despair at our blinkered incompetence.' Gavin Stamp. Daily Telegraph, 31.1.98

'It will be the most beautiful space . . . spacious, clean, wonderfully restored. People will be attracted there because they have heard, read, learned that a number of wonderful things can be enjoyed there . . . It could have all the attractiveness to the masses of the Pompidou, plus the beauty of the pyramid in front of the Louvre.' Sir Claus Moser, chairman of the British Museum Development trust, looks forward to the completion of Sir Norman Foster's Great Court. Evening Standard, 28.1.98

'The 0505 Wolsztyn to Poznan makes an unforgettable sight . . . Smile patronisingly if you must, but for those of you who have never heard the sound of a powerful steam locomotive in full flight, I ask you only to imagine its hypnotic hold.' Jonathan Glancey on the pleasures of Polish train travel. Guardian, 31.1.98

'It should be for bugs and dogs and crabs as well. There should be dog trays full of water.' Christian, aka 'Dome Boy', the eight-year old consultant to the Millennium Experience. Guardian, 2.2.98

'The first thing I cooked for Flo was at my flat in Brighton. We bought a sea bass . . . I don't know what it is about my genetic coding but there's not much of the traditional male in me . . . To be honest Flo does the arduous shopping and I go out and buy the Poilane bread.' Stephen Bayley. Times, 31.1.98

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