Dear Mary

Dear Mary: how can I tell my chatty masseur to stop talking?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Q. Like many of his profession, Manolo, my most-proficient masseur, has the gift of the gab and maintains a garrulous…

Dear Mary: What’s the polite way to dodge sharing a sleeper carriage?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Q. Next month, four of us from university are going up on a wildfowling trip north of Inverness. We are…

Letters: like Labour, the Tories will desert the centre ground

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Ground zero Sir: James Forsyth looks for hope for moderates within the Labour party and finds none (‘The party’s over’,…

Letters: Booming churches, brilliant Swedes and who gets the VC

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’, 13 June) and his assertions…

Spectator letters: Why rural churches are so important, and the best use for them

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The presence of a church Sir: The challenge for the Church of England and the wider community is to ensure…

Dear Mary: How do I fake sleep?

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Q. It is occasionally necessary for me to pretend to be asleep. What technique do actors use, when feigning death…

Dear Mary: How can I reject my boyfriend’s PA’s flowers?

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Q. Flowers have arrived, allegedly from my boyfriend — but the bunch includes begonias and gloxinias, foliage tonged into ringlets,…

Dear Mary

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Q. Every morning I walk to work and stop to pick up a cappuccino from a local café outside which…