Squire & Partners held a great party to celebrate the opening of their new King's Cross offices, complete with an urbane speech from Michael Squire, who reminded the audience of the three 'Fs' of architecture: 'Finish it, photograph it and fxxx off.' Bad language in Camden was nothing compared with shenanigans at the other party in London on the same evening: the launch of the BBC4 arts channel in a group of linked buildings in Fashion Street, east London. Guests received free artworks, including a 'limited edition of 2000' by Damien Hirst.
This comprised a box containing a large onion and a dart. This was a reference to the fourth musketeer - D'Artagnan, geddit? A faintly pornographic Christ artwork lined one end of the space, which could have caused trouble had any devout Muslims been present.
The chances of this were remote, since BBC personnel had sealed off the (public) street at each end, allowing in only those with party invitations.