We all love a fresh start. Which is why, even though our student days are long gone, we still jump on board the 'back to school' bandwagon every September. We like to see it as a warm-up for January; the chance to practise some resolution-making, diary-keeping and general leaf-turning.
And what better to aid you than some new desk candy? There's been a real backlash against the digital movement with dedicated stationery suppliers popping up all over the place;
by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy
A handshake is as good as a promise. Well, at least it used to be. I remember when I was a young boy my grandfather explained to me how business deals in the good old days were often concluded with merely a hand shake, which was as good as a signature. It seems that over time the integrity of this informal agreement has sadly all but disappeared. It can be very disheartening for someone who has honorable intentions to be painted with the same broad brush as the unscrupulous. And in our changed world people are skeptical. erring on the side of caution. The verbal promise sealed with a handshake is no longer the acceptable way.
It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Here are a few very useful tips for decorum at a dance. It's true that passing gas, a dribbling mouth and rabies have never been too charming - in 1530 or in the present day. Call us old-fashioned.
Please take note before you ask the lady to check her dance card:
"Furthermore never fart when you are dancing; grit your teeth and compel your arse to hold back the fart... Do not have a dripping nose and do not dribble at the mouth. No woman desires a man with rabies.
By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy
Last time, we discussed elegant handling and social graces of fiddly nosh. With the cold weather settling in nicely, many of us look forward to hearty winter dinners with close friends.
Unlike the traditional dinner party, potluck meals are especially popular across the pond in the Americas, and let the menu and food preparation become a shared effort.
This little gem from 1949 tells us all about balance, poise and general fitness. Also included are tips on eating well and getting a good rest.
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
It's date night, but you've forgotten what a train wreck the cinema can be for manners. From a kick to the back of your chair to the crunch of popcorn, not to mention that couple
by Dana Gornitzki
When nature calls, bodily functions seem to supersede any form of politeness. We are human, after all.
Yet, still, there are some acts that should be reserved for private time: the misdemeanour of public flatulence is one of them. This can be a particularly unpleasant experience when one finds themselves stuck in a closed environment such as the underground rail system or jetliner (you'll know and probably be mentally scarred for it, if you've found yourself in such a noxious predicament. Or perhaps caused it).
by Elizabeth Renzetti
Perhaps the following scenario seems familiar: You’ve decided to treat yourself to a plate of pasta or a cappuccino, and throw open the door to your favourite restaurant only to be confronted by a landscape that looks like an SAS obstacle course. Except in place of tire swings and vast pits of mud there are babies.
The spirit of the masque returns to the Banqueting House after almost 400 years
Their majesties King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria command you to roister with them in the latest court masque, Tempe Restored. Shed your earthly body and ascend to the spheres as a celestial being or glory is your grossness as a beast. The Maker of the Masque is the gatekeeper of your desires.
By Dana Gornitzki
While it's nice to live by Mark Twain's philosophy that "age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter," it seems that age is one of the delicate issues in most people's personal lives (up there with salary and weight).