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Quirky structures Mr R. S. Taylor, on 18 June, posed the case of a wall ‘fastened intimately to the full height of a stanchion, though not in a way that would offer structural assistance’. Oddly, however great the eccentric dead load action of the wall, no bending moment would be induced in the stanchion. Professor H, G. Allen of Southampton University comments as follows: I was interested to see the eccentrically-loaded column in The Structural Engineer for 18 June. I came across this problem when I was doing calculations at Halcrow for the Turbine Hall of the Buenos Aires power station, in about 1958. Verulam