Last week's RIBA regional awards in Will Alsop's Blizard Building near Whitechapel were attended by a gaggle of big names. The arrival of biennale head honcho Jeremy Till was certainly a surprise so soon after his Italian job. But the low-light of an otherwise upbeat evening had to be the 'turn' by Max Hutchinson and radio's 'London-to-the-core (blimey)' Robert Elms. The mismatched pair tried to recreate the on-air banter they apparently wow listeners with.
But the bizarre, self-generated debate was just embarrassing.
Newsnight's Stephanie Flanders described it as akin to that of Flanagan and Allen. In fairness it was more Cannon and Ball.
If their regular broadcasts are anything like this, it's unlikely Astragal will be tuning in.