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hellman

'I am not the only one worried about Tony [Blair]. The Culture Department is worried sick, too . . . In backing 'the arts that pay' and overlooking 'the arts that cost', Blair shows himself to be the true son of Margaret Thatcher . . . Out goes anything to do with the past, out goes anything to do with culture or continuity . . . Somebody has persuaded Blair - or perhaps he needed no persuading - that the arts are just dead heritage, backward looking, stuffy, uncreative and unsellable to foreigners.' John Tusa, head of the Barbican Centre. The Times, 11.3.98

'As national governments lose more and more of their control over economy and currency . . . they owe their populations a visionary guidance, not merely examples of the art of survival.' Alan Powers, disappointed by the 'trivial content' of the Dome. The Spectator, 14.3.98

'I had less fear [than the architect] of a light switch being exposed.' The occupier of a Mark Guard house in South London. Modern Times, BBC2, 11.3.98

'A bit of Zen before Sainsburys.' A visitor to the above on Open House day. Ibid.

'I hope to be stuffed. I have long intended that the sculptor and taxidermist Emily Mayer should do me posthumously proud. But if she declines I'll be entirely happy for Damien Hirst to do as he wishes with me, so long as he gives the blood to Marco Pierre White to make commemorative black pudding with.' Jonathan Meades promises a culinary treat. The Times, 14.3.98

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