'The Ferris Wheel should be built. I keep an open mind about massage parlours. But the South Bank needs to become more like a fairground, and less like an arts morgue.' Paul Barker. Evening Standard, 8.4.98
'like polishing up your shoes without taking your suit to the dry cleaners' Graham Morrison on refurbishing the interior of the Royal Festival Hall without the South Bank context being addressed. Independent, 9.4.98
'So the Festival lost a great deal of money, failed to meet its attendance targets and spawned aesthetics now discredited. Did it then revitalise the nation, as is widely believed, and promote the famous feelgood factor? The media did not think so.' Winston Fletcher looks again at the Festival of Britain. Guardian, 9.4.98
'First impessions of Jennie: noisy mouse, no slave to fashion or fitness. Has learnt shouting and effing and blinding from her time under English Heritage chairman Jocelyn Stevens, but probably lacks his vision and precision.' Stephen Bayley on Millennium Commission chief executive Jennifer Page. Guardian, 13.4.98
'The other dictatorial government keen to do things in the name of the 'People' used to use the word 'Volk'.' Stephen Bayley. Ibid.
'When people refer to unspoilt countryside, they don't mean countryside with no buildings in it; they mean countryside with no Modernist buildings in it.' Quinlan Terry, quoted by Roger Scruton. The Times, 14.4.98