In the sense of describing thoughts with words rather than lines on paper I suppose my architectural thesis of 1946 would be the very first. Its topic was “Planning for quietness”, written as part of my examination for the Royal Institute of British Architects at the age of 22.

It was awarded a Distinction which in some small way indicated that I was reasonably fluent which contrasted rather sharply with my failure in English in the School Certificate examination some 6 years earlier. My spelling has usually been good and I feel I must have been influenced by the many statements of Winston Churchill during WW2 who never used 2 words if 1 would do. (more…)