In celebration of lunch

In a short while I’m off to lunch with my friend Dan.  Of all the meals lunch is the most versatile.  It can be taken in a hurry, lingered over, may range from the least to the most informal and can take place in a variety of settings.

There are no airs and graces about lunch, it is the most honest of meals.  Take the new lady in one’s life to dinner and the meal is packed with potential, promise and anxiety. Take her to lunch and it is a much lighter, more honest, more relaxed occasion.  Something may come of it, or nothing may.  It matters less at noon than at nine.

A long lunch is the sign of a civilised society.  Time to chat, time to wax lyrical, time to enjoy the freshness of the day. And it usually costs far less than dinner.

I think Dan would be quite surprised by this post, however.



About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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