Modern manners

You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Going online does not make you invisible – as the adulterers who used the hacked site Ashley Madison are discovering

Bubble-wrap, berry-picking and the secret pleasures of destruction

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The secrets of bubble-wrap and other delicious little sensations

Safety tip: don't try to steal Trev's phone

25 July 2015 9:00 am

‘I’ve lost my phone,’ yells Trev. We’re in a club. He’s come charging on to the dance floor to tell…

Dear Mary: How can I flirt on the train when a man who knows my old habits is watching?

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Q. Travelling on a train recently I happened to notice two former acquaintances, sitting together and very nearly opposite me,…

Tides of wealth: Polzeath beach

Would Betjeman recognise anything about today’s north Cornwall?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

In a documentary filmed at the end of his life, Sir John Betjeman, who lived in the village of Trebetherick…

The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In praise of the old-fashioned letter-writer

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

Customer surveys: just say no

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Against the customer service Q&A

Dear Mary: My husband has shaved his head for a newspaper feature

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Q. My partner, a leading political commentator on a national newspaper, recently agreed to shave off his hair at the…

2067: the end of British Christianity

13 June 2015 9:00 am

England’s churches are in deep trouble

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Why don’t more people object to online promotion of adultery?

An Austenesque Aga saga with hints of postmodernism

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Lovely, gentle Isabel, just 40, makes masks. Her husband Dan, erstwhile ‘student of the Classics’ and playwright manqué, is ‘bored…

Why I joined the smiley-face cult

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why my generation has fallen for the smiley-face cult

Would he rather have had the money?

How to buy a father’s day present (if you must)

6 June 2015 9:00 am

No man ever watched a £20 note flutter from an opened Father’s Day card and thought: ‘How disappointing — not enough…

Dear Mary: What to do when an old friend snubs you

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Q. What should I say the next time I run into a woman with whom I was at art school…

Dear Mary: What to do when a dinner guest won’t turn and chat

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. I felt uncomfortable during a dinner for 20 in a private house. The young man on my left had…

Dear Mary: How can I make my shy friend’s generosity plain?

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. I have a friend who can be shy and inhibited. Recently, he was invited to stay on a Caribbean…

In praise of the pit bull terrier

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Last night I saw a woman dancing with a pit bull terrier. It was about 9 p.m. and her curtains…

Dear Mary: How to cope with London Library overcrowding

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. As a writer I find working at home too distracting. I am a longstanding member of the London Library…

Tinder went looking for fresh flesh – and accidentally found me

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Can mobile dating apps move beyond the promise of a one-night stand?

Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015 9:00 am

America’s psychoanalysts are becoming an endangered species

Whose hair are you buying?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

British people buy £43 million worth of human hair a year. So who’s selling?

The awful rise of 'virtue signalling'

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Why do the right thing when you can simply say the right thing?

Sorry Katie Hopkins, but I’m not dieting. Ever

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Why I am not dieting. Ever

Dear Mary: How can I stop friends calling without warning?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Q. I have moved from London to the centre of a historic market town, now becoming famous as a foodie…