A part of New York will forever be Old Yorkshire thanks to Carey Jones. The practice, born amid the red bricks of Leeds 20 years ago, has recently opened up a new branch in the Big Apple to serve the growing casino interiors market. A razzle-dazzle bash in NY’s Grand Central station to celebrate was a raging success. This social victory was followed on Thursday night (10 May) by another coup after the firm walked off with Best Architecture Practice prize at the Yorkshire Property Awards. And yes, well spotted reader, it was ageing Liverpudlian wit Tom O’Connor handing over the trophy. But that’s just the tip of the current CJ glory-berg. Rumours abound that the practice has effectively ‘broken’ the Manchester Mafia and landed itself a ‘biggee’ in the centre of the Red Rose stronghold – beating some top names along the way. More here soon. However, the most important news, in particular for AJ staff, is that CJ is not intending to repeat the flop of last year’s Christmas card. Until 2006 the practice had consistently delivered a high standard of off-the-wall and much-anticipated Crimbo cards. Now Astragal hears the disappointment of last year is to be completely erased with promises of a return to the Halcyon days. Only seven months to go. God speed Mr Postman.