Mary Killen Mary Killen

Your problems solved | 15 December 2007

Once again Mary has invited some of her favourite Persons of Distinction to submit queries for her Christmas consideration.

From Edward McMillan-Scott, European Parliament vice-president

Q. The problem of the universal greeting has become an obsession. As you may imagine, the European Parliament is a meeting place for people from all the EU’s 27 countries to those from Asia, America and all the continents. So from Borat-style hugs, to Muslim delicacy about human contact, to Chinese codes of kowtow or Indian supplicant anjali, I am daily confronted by the need for a new encounter technique.

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