Ambition drives you on, ability certainly helps, but the fickle finger of fate and luck are great things.
I think Isambard Kingdom Brunel would be a good chap to have supper with. Anyone who builds a railway and then builds a steamship when he gets to Bristol and can't go any further must be a good chap.
We live in a flat; my wife would be happy if we had a house with stairs. Or a little cottage in the country.
Do not let the word 'tripe' deter you. Let its soothing charms win you over, and enjoy it as do those who always have!
I cook British food, but it doesn't mean I'm jingoistic about it. People can cook very good fusion food.