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ASTRAGAL

Last night saw Astragal readying himself for his weekly poker night with old pals.

But what's this? Mr Bear has brought some new-fangled deck of cards - 'Stars of the Architectural World' - whatever next? Cards are dealt, the chase is afoot. Mr Tiger has Norman Foster, Alvar Aalto and Zaha Hadid. The pesky Bear cleans up with Jacques Derrida, M. De Clerk and Tadao Ando. Next round. Cards are out, what does Astragal have here? Oho! An ace, one Charles Jencks and a Reima Pietila - a straight ush.

Astragal goes all in - he can smell the money! Hmm. Mr Bear is smirking, a bad sign.

What ursine trickery has he up his sleeve? Bear lays down his cards with a ourish of his grimy paws - a royal ush.

The vile Mr Bear has trumped Astragal with a Prince bloody Charles. Astragal prepares to visit the pawn shop.

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