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I say, I say, I say: Ken Shuttleworth does stand-up


‘Someone recently asked me: What do you ask a recent architecture graduate? Big Mac and fries please!’ was the witty remark that Ken Shuttleworth used to greet graduating students recently

Source: Will Pryce

The head of Make offered his joke at the University of Nottingham graduation ceremony in July where he was made an Honorary doctor of letters. The disgruntled graduates then listened to a speech in which Dr Ken went on to inform them that they would struggle to find jobs and many would leave the profession. Perhaps another example of Make disregarding the context before making a bold move.


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  • Hoho! Good one Ken!

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  • What do you say to an architect whose much heralded first building is nominated for the Carbuncle Cup 2009 ? : err hi Ken.

    Have to say, having seen what Make has inflicted on the University of Nottingham's campus, I am amazed he is even allowed to set foot on it. Ken, there is a substitute for raw talent, but you aren't even funny.

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  • I'm alright, Ken.

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  • I am slightly disappointed by Mr Shuttleworth. Usually he is much funnier, particularly in his radio appearances and I have always enjoyed his well known song "Pigeons in flight".

    On the positive side, his recycling credentials are good as he is reusing material from the last recession in the early nineties. Another gem from that time he might wish to consider rediscovering for his next public performance is "Why don't redundant people look out of the window in the morning? So they have something to do in the afternoon!". Equally funny, I think all will agree.

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  • It seems Ken is not the only one who can ‘Make statements’. The disregard for the context and surrounding speech is wholly misleading, from what I remember Ken too said he thought this Joke was not funny at all, however you could be forgiven for dozing off and missing that bit.
    As for Jubilee, being something not to aspire to, appropriately it cannot be seen from the Architecture department on the main campus. The uncanny resemblance to a mashed paper bin I once saw, somehow feels appropriately placed in the heart of Jubilee surrounded by his other work. Its “serving as an orientation point” couldn’t be much better; its hidden placement in a flat lower lying part of Nottingham nicely warns us if we venture too close to the Ken Realm. For the other buildings that “emerge from the (flat) landscape like natural landforms” seems wholly misguided, Ken must have came up with that one on a night out on the slopes in the Lace Market? which is on the other side of Nottingham.... at least there will be no excuse for this happening again, as even on a night out, students and architects you can now pass Nottingham Contemporary by Caruso St John, which is shaping up to be something special.

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