Category Archives: Royal Institute of British Architects

Greetings from Rotherham

Dalrymple spends some time in Rotherham,

a once-industrial town where the interior of the magnificent 15th-century Minster has been improved by the addition of a plywood-partitioned kitchenette to supply old ladies with tea.

He enters

a library in municipal buildings of almost comic hideousness. If I had more money than I have, I would institute an international prize to award to an architect who could design something uglier. I am sure that it would be a prize much competed for by members of the Royal Institute of British Architects, who would win it most years.

The library is

patronised largely by Kurdish refugees, many of whom seem to spend their day looking at the nearest to pornography that the municipal computers permit.

Rotherham public library

Rotherham bus station

Rotherham Minster interior (kitchenette available)

All Saints Church (Rotherham Minster)

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Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 21.54.54New Flower

Finding himself in Addis Ababa, Dalrymple confesses that he does not consider it to be

an attractive city. Faeculent slums of mud and tin crowd between the modern buildings, which look like the product of a joint committee of the Bulgarian politburo and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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The joint committee

North Korean experts

in urban beautification have been brought in and, at a cost of many millions, soaring monuments of bronze and concrete extolling the heroism, solidarity, just struggle, etc. of the toiling masses have been erected.

Picking up the English-language Ethiopian Herald, Dalrymple reads about

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 22.34.46another victory for the broad masses.

A report in the newspaper

states that in the space of three months, 810,000 people have been ‘successfully villagised’ in the small province of Arsi alone.

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 22.45.01There are other provinces

in which 2m have been similarly villagised.

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