Steve is retired from a long career supplying hotels, casinos, sporting venues and restaurants with essential foodstuffs.  I'm still working as a painter and author of children's books and other writings.    We met more than 20 years ago one sunny Friday in June since when our relationship has been through all the configurations arriving  more or less happily in LAT Land - Living Apart Together between London and Oxford.  What we do best when we are together is eat, drink, travel, talk and, during any lulls, play fiercely competitive games of cards.