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While making an exit from the Carmody Groarke lecture, Astragal was invited to spend an evening with a Bishop, a Mayor and a Lord. But before you start jumping to conclusions, dear readers, it was not the usual aristocratic bash Astragal is used to. Instead it was the launch of King Ken’s Design for London. So what better place to hold it than in Will Alsop’s Palestra – home of the London Development Agency? Best not answer that. Anyway, Richard Rogers was there, Terry Farrell, Peter Bishop and, of course, Mayor Ken himself. Kenneth even took time out to regale us with one of his stories, in which he gave a bit of a bashing, no, not to Bishop, but a more ancient foe – the French. Ah, nothing like a bit of France-bashing. After knocking presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, Ken then stated that London must be doing something right if even the French are choosing to live there. Oh, how the audience laughed. But being an avid Francophile, Astragal was suitably insulted. Brushing the sausage roll crumbs from his waistcoat, he donned his cape, retrieved his cane and rushed outside to an awaiting carriage. ‘Home James! Don’t spare the horses!’

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