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Lavish party of the year award goes to Harry Handelsman and his Manhattan Loft Corporation, who threw an amazing 4 July special on all things American at Fulham Island in the capital last week - also celebrating the company's 10th anniversary. First came the 'Goddess of the Bronx' cocktails, then the smoked salmon, then the hundreds and hundreds of fresh oysters for the assembled throng to guzzle down. Then came glamorous stars-and-stripes-bedecked girls on roller skates, video footage of the bash (very Sex, Lies and Videotape), the band, and, joy of joys, no less than chef Alastair Little fronting the food operation. All this continued upstairs at the do, where ice sculptures of the Statue of Liberty held salads to go with beef and tuna steaks and spatchcock chicken. I spied Jean Nouvel, Ron Arad, Will Alsop, Piers Gough, Ken Shuttleworth, Michael Squire, Kenneth Powell, Rowan Moore, Tim Evans of Sheppard Robson, Alan Davidson of Hayes Davidson, Peter and Will Murray of Wordsearch and Trevor Osborne, all enjoying the host's generosity. Astragal left the sounds of New York underground rock club CBGB November 1977 clutching a goodie bag. Inside was a bagel, natch, a bottle of Coke (old style), and a (reasonably) big apple. Neat!

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