Etiquette

Death brings out everyone’s inner Mary Whitehouse

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after Bob Crow’s death was announced on Tuesday, Nigel Farage sent the following tweet: ‘Sad at the death of…

Dear Mary: Is there any way to wriggle out of a phone invitation?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Q. Is there a tactful way to keep one social offer on hold while waiting to see if you have…

The question that Dear Mary refuses to answer

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Q. One of my best friends, who knows I don’t have a great social life at university, has a brother…

Dear Mary: How do you escape from a stranger's childhood trauma story?

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Q. Recently a cousin and I gave a small drinks party in the USA. She had invited a very elegant…

Dear Mary: What do I do now I haven’t sent a thank-you letter?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Q. Over New Year I stayed with a man who combines being a generous and exciting host with a punctilious…

Dear Mary: How can I make my friends read the book I gave them?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Q. I gave a copy of Dan Russel the Fox by Somerville and Ross to a couple I know to be…

Dear Mary: How can I hide my tattoo from the in-laws?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. I have a tattoo the length of my forearm and am worried it will alienate my new boyfriend’s parents…

Dear Mary: What should I do when my dinner guests dive for their iPads?

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. We had our son’s fiancée and her family to stay recently. After dinner, expecting conversation, we were shocked to…

Dear Mary: What must I do to reclaim the best poolside chair?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Q. I know this seems petty but last year, on our villa holiday, my brother-in-law always took the best chair…