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The good and the drunk bedded down in central London's Hilton Hotel bunker last Friday to toast this year's RIBA Award winners. The extravaganza, which was apparently a curtailed version of previous ceremonies, was hosted with panache by BBC broadcaster Mark Lawson. The Front Row front man was particularly taken by Ian Ritchie's victorious Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-uponAvon, where he admitted he had seen legendary thespian Sir Ian McKellen's penis. It turned out Lawson had got an eyeful during a performance, rather than in a lewd behindthe-curtain encounter. However, Ritchie's winning team became victim to its own backstage incident when members of the unusually large client/architect squad fell off the rear of the podium en route to pick up their award. One of three Health and Safety announcements followed.

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