A pain in the neck
Astragal has always been quick to pooh-pooh those who claim that architecture is an elitist profession, populated almost solely by white middle-class males. He was somewhat perturbed, therefore, to discover that one of dope-smoking Dave Cameron’s drinking cronies in the fabled ‘Bullingdon Club’ at Oxford University has grown up to become a Wiltshire-based architect and furniture designer. Ralph Perry-Robinson, who counts Richard Rogers among his former employers, was a key member of the privileged posse, whose champagne-quaffing, restaurant-trashing antics have been titillating the middle-brow tabloids for the last week. Perry-Robinson’s party trick, according to the Telegraph, was to open a bottle of champers by slashing the neck of the bottle with a sword. A skill which must surely come in handy at MIPIM. Pip pip.