Modern manners

Does creaky voice make you a female yuppie – or an updated Vicki Pollard?

20 February 2016 9:00 am

My husband, not surprisingly, finds it extremely annoying. It, in this instance, is the use by women of creaky voice.…

Dear Mary: Must I have name badges for guests at my wedding?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. My husband-to-be and I both work full time. We are getting married from his family HQ and his kind…

Is it rude to run out of cartridges?

Dear Mary: How can I escape the New Year party that just won’t give up?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Q. For the past two New Year’s Eves we have ducked an annual party given by some acquaintances, who are…

Whatever happened to real Christmases?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

As I strolled through the aisles in a large department store, I almost choked when I read a large display…

What makes a cad (and why this was such a good year for them)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Now that former Central Office favourite Mark Clarke has been banned for life from the Conservative party, he could pursue…

Dear Mary solves problems for Nicky Haslam, Nigel Slater, Professor Mary Beard and others

12 December 2015 9:00 am

From Nicky HaslamQ. Being considered something of a guru on the subject of things common, can you advise me how…

The secret brilliance of Prince Philip’s ‘gaffes’

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just been on the receiving end of a Prince Philip gaffe, of sorts, and I loved it. It was…

Women’s issues are for everyone now, not just feminists

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Like all right-thinking lefty men who came of age in the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s, I always thought…

Dear Mary: Another way to deal with a maddening blackhead

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Q. Might I suggest an alternative solution to E.B. of London’s problem (3 October) about the person sporting a ‘maddening’…

I invented ‘virtue signalling’. Now it’s taking over the world

10 October 2015 9:00 am

To my astonishment and delight, the phrase ‘virtue signalling’ has become part of the English language. I coined the phrase…

Dear Mary: How can girls avoid freezing in cold marquees?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Q. What do you do when you are so cold at a party that you cannot enjoy it? At a…

New mothers deserve something better than NCT classes

3 October 2015 8:00 am

When I was pregnant, nearly everyone who’d had children asked me and my husband whether we’d booked our antenatal course…

Is our only choice to be cynics or suckers?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s all the rage to mistrust the powerful these days, to say politicians are scum, or all bankers are selfish.…

A lesson in graceful Twitter style – from a resigning shadow minister

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tweeting’s like text messaging, isn’t it?’ said my husband confidently, though not, as usual, from any knowledge of the matter.…

She knows who’s next

Six rules for a perfect pub

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Whenever one of those news stories appears about how many pubs have been forced to close in the last year,…

A licence to kill - the slippery slope of 'assisted dying'

29 August 2015 9:00 am

A couple of years ago I contacted Holland’s top pro-euthanasia organisation. Our House of Lords looks likely to approve a…

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Lant Street would be easy to miss, if you weren’t looking for it. Charles Dickens lodged on Lant Street as…

Breast-feeding isn't always best

29 August 2015 9:00 am

How should a new mother feed her baby? You might well imagine that was up to her. While some mothers…

Saints still beat Game of Thrones for baby-naming – but maybe not Mohammed

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We reached peak Charlie in 2012, when 5,571 baby boys were given the name. There were only 4,642 last year.…

How many asexuals are there?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

No sex, please Several friends of the late Sir Edward Heath asserted that he could not be guilty of sexually…

Not just a fad: the dangerous reality of 'clean eating'

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The supermarket aisle has become a confusing place. It used to be full of recognisable items like cheese and butter;…

The uglier the man, the uglier the attitude

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Body dysmorphia, the unfortunate medical condition whereby a perfectly pleasant/slender person believes themselves to be ugly/fat, is a strange and…

Dear Mary: Is there a tactful way to tell a dear cousin she needs a lump removed from her face?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. How can you tactfully tell someone that the large skin tag or blob they have grown in the centre…

I’m 43. Why am I still so reluctant to call myself a man?

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Are you a man? Those of you who don’t fall into the category of ‘adult male’ will clearly answer no…

Dear Mary: Dare I put my wife and three ex-mistresses all at the same table?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. I have learned that someone I much admired in youth is about to become single again. I only have…