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Last week the RIBA held its first speed-dating event, where desperate singletons embarrass themselves through a number of five-minute conversations in a bid to convince the opposite sex that they are attractive. Astragal was there like a shot. So imagine the disappointment when the other 'datees' turned out to be predominantly male architects. Not wanting to make a scene, Astragal put on a brave face, turned confidently to the first chap and said: 'Alright love, fancy a drink?' Needless to say he declined. And it turns out it wasn't real speed dating, but a chance for small practices to meet the people behind the Olympics. Probably for the best.

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