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As the great unwashed architectural public dives headlong into booze-soaked festive frivolity, let the gossip levels reach a seasonal climax.

Try this for starters: Astragal has learned of a quite staggering decision; the social secretary at the RIBA (whoever he or she is) has decided that this year's Christmas party for Portland Place staffers should have a cowboys and Indians theme.

Think ol' Jack Pringle in a Stetson or George Ferguson dressed as a Mohican. The mind boggles. Why would they do it to themselves? For the love of all that is good, why? ! It's enough to make even David Brent cringe.

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