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Will Alsop - shome mishtake, shurely?

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I greatly appreciated Astragal's listing of new definitions c/o Eric Ericsson (AJ 13.6.02) and Ian Martin. In particular, I found 'Alsoppy' most apt; it being defined as 'having maudlin sense of own heroism after a few drinks'. This may ring some bells for those who witnessed Alsop's 'heroism' on TV last year.

Also within the same issue was a letter from Mira Bar-Hillel highlighting Alsop's 'slurredspeech' rendering of the English language.

In Will Alsop's own column he describes Toronto as 'the state capital' and alludes to 'the state of Ontario', thus proving that his grasp of both history and geography are somewhat slurred too.

Elsewhere in the same edition, Alsop is quoted as saying, in connection with his Royal Academy hanging committee duties, that Gareth Pearce is a 'rip off ' and that Pearce owes a debt to Koolhaas/OMA for the presentational style that he acquired while working for them, briefly, in the 1980s - not the reverse, as has been the core of a lengthy plagiarism law suit.

One wonders how Alsop knows this with such certainty, or must we take it that the comment is as ill informed as his other slurs?

After all, how much trust can be invested in a practitioner who cannot even get his structural columns to assume the vertical?

Perhaps everything he touches suffers from inherent slurring!

Robert A Warren, Gravesend

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