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The great and the good turned out in force for the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion last Thursday - including the likes of Tracy Emin, David Adjaye and Zaha Hadid. The general opinion was that this year's pavilion is not really up to the standards of previous efforts, although whether anyone actually had the guts to tell Rem that as he sauntered around is unlikely. Reservations about the 'giant egg' might help to explain why the party never really took off. That, and the fact that you had to wave a scrap of paper at the barman just to get hold of some free booze. And, without wishing to sound spoiled, the lack of canapés also left a peckish Astragal, and many other ravenous party-goers, feeling particularly grumpy.

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