George Clarke, the architect and TV presenter, is telling me that he would love to create a Maggie’s Centre.These havens for cancer patients are individually designed by big names and built on neglected land in hospitals by the charity set up by architectural theorist Charles Jencks in memory of his wife Maggie, who died of breast cancer in 1995.She, in turn, loves him, despite barely tolerating his often infantile behavior.This behavior includes spying on a neighbor's sexual encounters with a wide array of women, this spying about which the neighbor knows, as he does it himself.With games against Cronulla and Melbourne to come, the Raiders made easy work of the hapless Rabbitohs, who again lost captain Sam Burgess to a rib injury.After they led 20-6 at halftime, the Raiders crossed twice in a 10-minute period as Souths were reduced to 12 men from an Angus Crichton professional foul to seal the win.Being asked to design one is “like winning an Oscar for architects”, says Clarke, 40, in his matey Sunderland accent. “I love walking the city but I’ve never done it at night apart from staggering back from the pub, and I’ve not seen the Serpentine yet. My kids once got to have a sleepover in the Science Museum — I was well jealous.
He is seriously dating thirty-eight year old actress/singer Samantha Taylor, who he loves, although he admits their connection is more intellectual than it is emotional.
AAPSummary Canberra have kept their slim NRL finals hopes alive with a comfortable 32-18 win over South Sydney at the Olympic stadium.
The win moved the Raiders to within four points of the eighth and ninth-placed St George Illawarra and Penrith, after the former were beaten by Newcastle.
“The first Maggie’s Centre was built in Edinburgh while I was at university,” says Clarke.
“They become very well known buildings and this one” — he waves an arm — “won the Stirling Prize.