Problems

Dear Mary: how can I safeguard my feminist principles at dinner?

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I will shortly be having some South American friends to stay. They come most years and…

Dear Mary: how do I dodge a party to avoid an undesirable guest?

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Q. I am on a long, jam-packed and much disrupted train journey to Scotland. In the carriage someone is working…

Dear Mary: how do I stop my book club banging on about their grandchildren?

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Q. At the Ludlow Piano Festival, during a Tyler Hay concert, my husband and I spotted a fascinating-looking couple who…

Dear Mary: what should I do if a fellow passenger is reading porn?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. On a recent short-haul flight, I had the misfortune to be seated next to a much older man who…

Dear Mary: how can I help pay for an expensive lunch without seeming rude?

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I (both in our eighties) recently visited a carpet shop with a view to replacing the…

Dear Mary: how can I get restaurants to turn off loud music?

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Q. My husband never wants to go out to lunch on a day when he could be gardening but he…

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…

How can I prevent my husband from burning all my post?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

If you don’t yet watch Gogglebox on Channel 4, start doing so now. Far from making you despise our couch-potato…

Where’s all the joy gone?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Britain seems to be suffering from a dearth of lightheartedness