Dear Mary

Dear Mary: how do I stop our cousins’ dog peeing on the curtains?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. I have a friend whom I see quite often who keeps asking me if I will ‘get her invited’ for…

Dear Mary: how should I thank a friend for dead flowers?

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. I left fashion school last year and since then I’ve spent most of my time applying for jobs and…

Dear Mary: what should I do if a fellow passenger is reading porn?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. On a recent short-haul flight, I had the misfortune to be seated next to a much older man who…

Dear Mary: how can I help pay for an expensive lunch without seeming rude?

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I (both in our eighties) recently visited a carpet shop with a view to replacing the…

Dear Mary: how can I get restaurants to turn off loud music?

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Q. My husband never wants to go out to lunch on a day when he could be gardening but he…

Dear Mary: How do I choose who to sponsor for the London Marathon?

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Q. For the past couple of years, many of my sons’ friends have been gamely running the London Marathon for…

Dear Mary: should I encourage guests to strip their beds?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Q. Our son, 17, who is generally a credit to us, has started eating with his mouth open. It’s the…

Dear Mary: how can I unmask anonymous marathon sponsors?

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Q. My son-in-law is running the Paris marathon to raise money for cystic fibrosis research and has sent out a…