Marco Goldschmied is pursuing an increasingly high profile as riba president, not least by appearing on Any Questions next month. The date is 26 May, the venue Liverpool, and fellow panellists include the Bishop of Liverpool and Labour rebel mp Peter Kilfoyle. Astragal's key question would be: what exactly happened when about-to-retire director-general Alex Reid 'sacked' communications director Roula Konzotis, and then took her back again within a week? Apparently Marco had a choice of dates for his radio role, but preferred not to appear on the same platform as art critic Brian Sewell. Is it the accent?