GillGat: thank you, the remark was not meant to be offensive, just a little blunt for effect. Considering some of the obscenity and religious, political and racial abuse I have encountered in discussions on this site I am surprised Holg found it so shocking.
Holg: you revealed yourself to be suffering a sense of humour failure, not me. I am aware that Cecil’s remark was ligthearted hence a none too heavy attempt to correct it. My follow up was an expansion of that point made a little stronger for the sake of stating a position on something that I was well qualified to write about. The ‘no joke’ remark referred to my comment about McDonalds, which, while light in tone, wasn’t a joke. I at no stage ‘joked’ about American food, I was making a point about what I as an English resident percieved to be the irony of an American making a remark about another countries food via an international medium. I am not concerned as to what other mediums the column appears via, nor what nationality you are. I am baffled as to your accusation regarding being unable to take what I dished out; I did not dish it out.
I agree that this has got out of hand. If you find my style so problematic I suggest we take this too the pit. You appear to have nothing to say on the subject of food anyway.
Geopburdell: I would suggest trying:
Gordon Ramsay (Xpensive, volatile chef, arguably best food in London – very heavily booked, try lunchtimes)
Oak Room (Xpensive, try lunch again for more reasonable prices and booking)
For their numbers just call 192 for Directory Enquiries when you get here.
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