There are oft occasions when a man must be at his most resourceful in order to get the most out of a party. And one such occasion arose when Astragal attended a summer bash at the Royal Academy last Tuesday (26 June). The booze flowed freely to begin with, and it followed in familiar fashion at the dinner table. But then the stream became a trickle, and soon after abruptly stopped. In the hour of need Astragal was taught the finer arts of minesweeping by a Sheppard Robson stalwart. Slinking from table to table ‘clearing up’ the leftovers, as it were. All well and good, but if a glass is used as an ashtray, it leaves a rather lasting after taste. Still Astragal has drunk worse. Antifreeze, for instance.