Astragal heard a novel rumour last week at the entertaining leaving party thrown by Jo Haire of the riba's press office (she is taking a pay cut to join the 20th Century Society as a researcher). Amidst all the dark talk concerning the abrupt departure (or non-departure) of Portland Place's communications chief, Roula Konzotis, an illustrious name to replace director general Alex Reid was lobbed into the debate. This person has had a track record in getting things done and would certainly be a high- profile addition to the institute's glitterati. She's also been at a building which was accused of being all exterior and no content. Her name? Former Dome boss Jennie Page!