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But they do have their moments, with epigrammatic non sequiturs of Firbankian flair and a delightfully inane religious service broadcast on the radio.
Irish, she had a Firbankian wit and a lovely turn of phrase.
A little sniping was inevitable: the young reporter from the Architects’ Journal jeered at Osterley’s floodlit façade for looking like a filmset (‘flat as painted plywood’), and the gala evening itself as a surfeit of brittle chatter (‘like the trained sibilance of supers’) which he proceeded to satirise in approved Firbankian style: ‘Of course, it’s madly Adam.’