Londoner’s Diary: Ukrainians dismantle Foster’s plan for Kharkiv


ORMAN FOSTER’s grand plans to bring together a team of international experts and rebuild Kharkiv in Ukraine as the “city of the future” have been rejected by Ukrainian architects.

Officials of the Kharkiv School of Architecture have warned leaders to beware of “intellectual colonization”. Speaking at an online event hosted by Architecture Today, school founder Oleg Drozdov and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Iryna Mastevko graciously welcomed the interest of a renowned architect like Baron Foster, but said underlined the importance of involving local designers to avoid a reconstruction of Kharkiv as a “copy-paste” metropolis. “There are many architects who have already worked in Ukraine and experts who are already dealing with the reconstruction post-war.”

Baron Foster met the mayor of Kharkiv in Geneva last week to outline his vision for the “rebirth” of the Ukrainian city. The British architect, who designed Millenium Bridge and the Gherkin, and was made a baron in 1999, made his offer at a time when the school had to evacuate its premises and teach from a temporary location in Lviv. Thanks, but no thanks.

“Think differently about expensive food”

Tom Kerridge

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CHEF Tom Kerridge says it’s time to “change” the way we think about expensive food. “We’re not just buying a piece of chicken or a bowl of pasta, you’re paying for this whole experience to get there,” he told us last night. Kerridge has been criticized in the press for expensive food at some of his restaurants, but explained: “What’s happening is the reality of the cost of running restaurants is starting to show their true colors across the industry. restoration.” He added that what is needed is “just a slight shift in mindset, but it’s not hard to do”. Rethink time.

Kate’s cookbook was the recipe for rage

Kate Humble


KATE HUMBLE seems like an unlikely candidate for a book-writing meltdown, but it seems even the wholesome TV presenter isn’t immune to the pressures of a deadline. While writing her new cookbook, Home Cooked, she admitted she ‘turned into a monster’, found herself ‘waking up at two in the morning, screaming at my computer’, and almost ruin his marriage before moving out for a month to finish the book. “I felt like Ernest Hemingway”, but without the whiskey, “just pot and tea”. Always healthy.

Is the Brillo pod a path to recovery?

Andre Neil

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ANDREW NEIL is back on the airwaves the same week as TV rival Piers Morgan, but this time he’s taking a different route. Unlike Morgan, Neil is off the small screen and into podcasting. He hosts a new show, The Backstory, for the slow news group Tortoise. Brillo has been in something of a broadcast wilderness after leaving gaffe-prone GB News after just a few months last year. Could this be a way of redemption for the ex-BBC man burned by his television experience?

Food or movies? I’ll have both, said Tucci

STANLEY TUCCI is the movie star turned foodie maestro, but don’t ask him to choose one or the other. When the Londoner popped the question last night at the GQ Food and Drink Awards, Tucci smiled: “I’ll always do both, I like both.” Presenter Miquita Oliver and writer Grace Dent were also present at The Standard, where the evening was sponsored by Veuve Clicquot. On the Strand, models Erin O’Connor and Jourdan Dunn joined Pixie Geldof for the International Woolmark award.


LINDSAY HOYLE has a form for summoning journalists to discuss stories. “I wrote something derogatory about him last year and was called to account for myself,” broadcaster and writer Iain Dale revealed this morning. Defending Hoyle, he added: “It never occurred to me to say no. I put down my case, he put down his, and we parted as friends.

NIGEL FARAGE is one of those happy that Elon Musk bought Twitter. “I’ve had zero growth for 18 months and engagement is at rock bottom,” he complained last night about his own social media interactions. “Twitter’s algorithm must now change – and change quickly.” Of course Nigel, it’s the algorithm’s fault.


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