After a pause of about five months, I have tried Local Friends again. The new owners have stopped trying to introduce Hunan specialities and have returned to a Cantonese menu with dim sum, as in times past. The food remains the same. The interior has been smartened up, but, my goodness, I do miss Raymond and Amy Ho. The place used to feel like a private club run by dear friends. Now it's just a Chinese restaurant.
And - I just remembered this - they now have piped music. AAAAAGHH !!! Ghastly.
I write - my first novel, "the Trouble with Wagner" is unpublished. I also write a regular article for "Forward Plus", a churchy newspaper with a circulation of well over 3. I have written some poetry.
I am a dedicated student of languages, especially French. I love classical music. I am a keen oenophile and gastronome and relax most easily at table with friends. I prefer to drink Burgundy, and have a particular love of the (unoaked) wines of Chablis and the wines of the Côte de Beaune and the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Not sure that I would kick the Côtes de Nuit wines out of bed, either. Not to mention the Côte Chalonnaise.