Etiquette

Dear Mary

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Q. Scrolling through my WhatsApp contacts, I have found a name I don’t recognise but when I click on the…

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9 September 2023 9:00 am

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26 August 2023 9:00 am

Dear Mary: how can I make my untidy twin look better?

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Q. I have a public profile and have always looked after my personal presentation, but my identical twin has never…

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29 July 2023 9:00 am

Dear Mary: Should I tell my boss I swiped his champagne?

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Q. I have got myself in a pickle. My boss was given a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal by a…

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15 July 2023 9:00 am

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20 May 2023 9:00 am

Dear Mary: Should I give weekend guests paper napkins or napkin rings?

29 October 2022 9:00 am

Q. I have a hatred of paper napkins – eating outside, they blow away; inside, people drop them on the…

Dear Mary: How do I curb my brother’s unsavoury language?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Q. My brother, who lives in southern France, uses unsavoury words to gain my attention, such as ‘infernal swine’, ‘schweinhund’…

Dear Mary: Why aren’t I getting more Instagram ‘likes’?

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Q. As a novice user of Instagram I was flattered at how quickly I gathered followers – 200 already. Many…

Dear Mary: How do I get out of a friend’s bad birthday party?

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Q. I shall be spending more time in the company of newer acquaintances in the West Country and would appreciate…

Dear Mary: How do I confront my husband without telling him I hacked his emails?

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Q. The Queen had the knack of making you feel that you were the only person in the room. At…

Dear Mary: How do I get my friends to leave after a dinner party?

10 September 2022 9:00 am

Q. We have made available our mews cottage – 30 yards from our main house – to a woman with…

Should you grass on a neighbour who breaks the hosepipe ban?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

A neighbourly feud is worse than a hosepipe ban

Dear Mary: Can I ask our hosts to look for my husband’s tooth in the flowerbed?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Q. My 74-year-old husband was having drinks in the garden of some young clients when he bit down on an…

Dear Mary: How do I tell my neighbours I’m too busy to stop for a chat?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Q. My parents are abroad for two months and as my flatmates in London are all, like me, working from…