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Dog walking etiquette

Dog walking etiquette

by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy One of the most rewarding activities many people enjoy now that the weather is warming up is taking their dogs for nice leisurely walks. The hurried cold winter walks are part of the past now, and joining friends to walk around town and catch up on local gossip is back on the schedule. I enjoy walking or cycling through town and seeing the greenery reappearing, the flowers dotting the many yards and the gardens beginning to show their forms. I know the small garden I have in front of my house is not much to see at the moment, but it does have a few perennials whose shoots are emerging from their winter's rest. As I was walking down the sidewalk, I approached a lady with her dog who was standing squarely in the weed-covered patch, which is my garden.
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Spontaneous picnics are fabulous

Spontaneous picnics are fabulous

By Lulu Gwynne When the weather is gorgeous and you have a pantry of goodies, pack everything and off you go!
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Eton Mess: the perfect summer dessert

Eton Mess: the perfect summer dessert

by Dana Gornitzki Here at MIEN, we adore the summer and the good weather that the season brings (or at least, what we hope for - the weather in the British isles does keep one on their toes). Few foods scream English louder than a good old Eton Mess. Pure heaven!
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The lost art of RSVP

The lost art of RSVP

By Prunella de Pedant Who sends invitations to events or parties by post (aka snail mail) any more? Few and far between (even for weddings!) - not when there are convenient resources like Facebook, Twitter or Email right at one's fingertips.
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Let the (polite) races begin

Let the (polite) races begin

Royal Ascot: one of the critical events on the English summer social calendar. However, it seems that some people misbehave (tsk tsk) and could do with a few guidelines. Of course, not you - NEVER!
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Tipping etiquette during poor economic times

Tipping etiquette during poor economic times

By Dana Gornitzki Just because tough times call for leaner spending, there is no excuse to cut back on tips when you do consume. Basic etiquette must kick in, and your judgement only calls for common sense.
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You are welcome

You are welcome

by Jay Remer There are a number of basic phrases which are part of any good arsenal of etiquette words. I have discussed the virtues of please in a previous posting. Here I would like to share my thoughts on the phrase 'you're welcome'. This phrase usually follows 'thank you'. But more times than not, we forget to complete this communication.
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The etiquette of queuing

The etiquette of queuing

Just recently, Paul Blezard penned a piece lamenting the dying art of the British queue. Here is another amusing take on the subject of queuing (a fantastic British obsession).
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Table manners by Emily Post (moving picture)

Table manners by Emily Post (moving picture)

by Dana Gornitzki What does a correctly set place look like? How much silver should we lay out? (oh, just the thought makes the heart flutter) What is the proper way to eat soup? And is it correct to cut your salad with a knife? Of course, do not dare to lick your knife (EVER) and make sure to eat as quietly as possible - these are basic and proper manners.
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En garde! Mind your umbrella civility

En garde! Mind your umbrella civility

By Jean Bernard Talon Only in The Avengers is the umbrella considered a weapon. Otherwise, it should be regarded for what it is: a pillar of civility.  Oh yes, it is raining but one need not fret under the secure awning of their umbrella as long as a few social thoughts of courtesy are considered.
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