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CAMPBELL SOUPÇON

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ASTRAGAL

The AJ100 Awards went off in their usual splendid style; everyone attending seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly.

After dinner speaker Alistair Campbell managed to tell a few anecdotes before engaging in something of a rant about politics and journalism. But Astragal did suspect that the master Labour spin doctor was walking a thin line when he called AJ editor Isabel Allen a 'bitch' for (quite accurately) accusing him of not knowing anything about architecture.

Fortunately, it soon became apparent that this was an example of Campbell's famously robust humour and giggling ensued. And he was soon back in Astragal's favour, firstly by joining the growing chorus calling for Sara Fox, the super client on the Gherkin, to be given a role in the Olympic programme. Quite right too - and something that could benefit everyone in construction and architecture.

Then, the morning after, Astragal was surprised to hear Campbell on Radio 5 defending the government and, more surprisingly, citing the festivities of the previous night as an example to the nation's breakfasters. Association with Tony's cronies may be a double-edged sword at the moment, but all publicity is good publicity. Thanks Al.

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