The launch party for Glasgow City of Architecture had just about everything, writes Astragal. Sir Norman Foster's Armadillo convention centre was the venue for the Saturday night event, complete with fireworks, disco, salsa band, a lively squad of well-rehearsed people-buildings (even if one thought the Seagram building was in Chicago). Media supremo Sarah Gaventa was much in evidence, as was the riba's Alicia Pivaro.
I noticed John Miller, escorting Su Rogers, Ed and Margot Jones, and Rick Mather, surviving the temperature change following a Christmas holiday at his new house near Nice. Mr and Mrs Isi Metzstein attended with son Saul ('he's harsh but never fair') and daughter Ruth. Also having fun were Mr and Mrs John Lane, Mr Andy Burrell (enjoying a break from Edinburgh), and Strathclyde school chief Per Kartvedt.
Sartorial award of the evening went to man-about-architecture Peter Murray's dazzling tie, designed for him in 1967 by Janet Street-Porter for an Archigram party at their legendary Folkestone event. How time flies . . .