manners

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…

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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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2 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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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…

Dear Mary: How can I find out whether old friends fancy each other?

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Q. How can I find out, without making things awkward, whether one of my close male friends fancies one of…