Astragal nobly roused himself from his pit early on Saturday morning (30 June) to go on an urban ramble. Doggedly working through his hangover Astragal joined Touching the City organisers Oliver Froome-Lewis and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and a gaggle of architects on a walk from Westminster to the Millennium Dome. The aim was to look at forlorn urban spaces that they call ‘BenchSpace’. No stranger to hanging round on park benches, Astragal was well-placed to hold forth on the topic. The trip took in architectural highlights such as the Robin Hood Estate and Poplar Baths. Some culture was squeezed in at the Wapping Project, which featured, ahem, ‘contemporary dance’. Thankfully Astragal was suitably fortified after the group had made a visit to that other cathedral of high culture – Al’s greasy spoon in Southwark.