The RIBA headquarters went from strength to strength last week by holding its very first speed dating event. Speed dating, for those who don’t know, is where desperate singletons spend an evening embarrassing themselves through a number of five-minute conversations in a desperate bid to convince the opposite sex that they are attractive. Astragal, fitting the ‘desperate’ and ‘singleton’ criteria perfectly, was there like a shot. Imagine the disappointment then, when the other ‘datees’ were predominantly male architects. But not wanting to make a scene (when in Rome and all that…) Astragal put on a brave face and strode confidently to the first chap and said: ‘Alright love, fancy a drink?’ Needless to say he declined. And it turns out it wasn’t real speed dating, but a chance for small practices to meet the people behind the Olympics. Probably for the best.