Ted Cullinan was on fine form for his 70th birthday bash, which included funny and touching reminiscences of family life from wife and daughters, and musical accompaniment by his son. It was held in Danny Libeskind's aluminium pavilion in Hyde Park, a suitable venue, given the practice's recent work on the Cambridge mathematics facultyà Among the guests were Robin Nicholson (of course); and friends and former colleagues from far and wide. I chatted to Peter Ahrends, Richard Burton, John and Marina Adams, Chris Cross, Elspeth Hamilton, Peter BlundellJones, Julyan Wickham and many others. Was Ted in retirement mode? You must be joking!