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Nothing but a number

Over the years Astragal has heard the odd rumour that journalists dabble in the occasional ‘stretching of the truth.’ Readers can rest assured that at AJ towers the practice is thankfully very rare and, unsurprisingly, frowned upon. However there are always going to be naughty sausages out there willing to embellish a tale to give it a little extra zing. The naughty sausage in question this time is responsible for writing an article on titled ‘At £3,000 per square foot, this is Britain's most expensive flat’. Aha, I hear you cry, the tinker has over-egged his or her claims about the cost of this opulent new apartment in Chelsea. But, oh no dear reader, that is not what has rattled Astragal’s sensibilities. No, it is a statement further down the piece explaining more about the marble-mad mastermind behind the scheme. The writer claims ‘the interiors are by James Gorst, a fashionable young designer who has worked for Prince Charles.’ OK, let’s break this down. Yes, the effervescent Mr Gorst has worked for the Prince. Correct, he is ‘fashionable’ in that he has got enough work on at the moment. And true he is a designer. However, having had his big toe dipped into his sixth decade for a number of years, even Mr G could no longer claim to be ‘young.’ What next? Fabulous tales about OscarNieyemer still being alive. Or, even better, listen to this, getting married… Oh. Sorry. Your bride looks beautiful Oscar, she really does.

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