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MOËT JOSE

ASTRAGAL

Two parties at the 100% Design Exhibition at Earls Court enlivened proceedings; the AJ's annual reception, featuring the raffle, and a party to promote next year's London Architecture Biennale. Perhaps the most unexpected visitor was Aukett rebel Jose Luis Ripoll. The Spaniard, who took over the firm last year and negotiated its merger with Fitzroy Robinson, was propping up the bar ordering bottles of champagne, despite the generous provision of free San Miguel. Clearly life back in Spain - he is now a non-executive chairman - is treating him well. The cash he must have collected from his British adventure probably helps.

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