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[Astragal at the Stirling Prize dinner] Money manners

As one of the Stirling Prize sponsors, the AJ’s Astragal had the honour of presenting the big, fat winner’s cheque to Zaha Hadid.

But imagine Astragal’s trepidation at the beginning of the evening when handed the sealed envelope, containing the cheque made out to the winner, and told ‘not to open it’.

Astragal slipped it under a dinner plate and tried to forget about it until the appointed hour. Apologies to Ms Hadid for the unfortunate blob of beetroot relish on the envelope’s corner.

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