Modern manners

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…

How James Goldsmith's wisdom on mistresses could revolutionise mobile phones

18 January 2014 9:00 am

I wouldn’t worry much about the future of the British economy. Because I have a simple plan to make the…

Dear Mary: How can I escape my neighbour’s spy cameras?

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. I have a problem with what might be called location blindness. I live in Balham, but when I arrange…

Why should Nigel Farage have to fight the ghost of Enoch Powell?

11 January 2014 9:00 am

One of the genuine seasonal pleasures to be enjoyed as 2013 slipped around the U-bend was Enoch Powell making his…

Don't tax sugar - it doesn't make you fat. Gluttony does

11 January 2014 9:00 am

If there is one characteristic that accounts for the deep unattractiveness of the modern British, it is their lack of…

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…

How can I be a member of the Chipping Norton set?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Q. I am working on becoming a member of the Chipping Norton set. Should I be pronouncing the excellent open-air…

Haunted by Facebook, students can't now reinvent themselves at university

21 September 2013 9:00 am

My mum had a friend at university who had been called ‘Pudding’ at school. They’d sometimes be walking down the…

Dear Mary: How can I make my host pour me a drink?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Q. Some years ago, on holiday in Egypt, we found ourselves in the company of a couple who wanted to…

Dear Mary: The rules of wearing a dressing gown

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Q. What to do when you are an unwilling eavesdropper in a train carriage in which people you know assume…

Dear Mary: How can I stop this bore reading his novel aloud?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. Is there a polite way of halting a wannabe novelist from reading his oeuvre aloud to an unwilling audience?…

It’s not hate that Caitlin Moran can’t stand. It’s being disagreed with

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hell, it’s been tough, but I think I’ve pulled through. I went out this morning to buy some cigarettes and…

Gay civil partners should resist pressure to 'upgrade' to marriage

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Apparently I’ve proposed to my civil partner. He claims that on BBC Radio 2, on the Jeremy Vine show (he…

Attack of the nudist lawyers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Carla, my Italian wife, has a small house in a little town on the Adriatic near Ravenna called Lido di…

Dear Mary: How can I tell her that her table manners are disgusting?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. My mainly male colleagues and I were happy to learn that an attractive young woman would be joining the…