Modern manners

How can I get the buyer of a supermarket to notice my products?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Q. I import a range of very high-quality food products from Europe into the UK. They are regarded as the…

This dieting nonsense is hard to swallow

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Eat good fresh food and ignore health bloggers and nutrition gurus

My husband keeps pointing out birds in our garden but I can’t see them

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Q. Having retired, my husband is now an enthusiastic observer of the goldfinches, greenfinches and bullfinches in our garden. Their…

How to make the most of the social opportunities of the polling station

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Q. I am a member of a well-known country house opera society, and I organise annual trips to performances for…

No need for excuses with party bores... it’s your duty to circulate

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. Re getting away from bores at drinks parties (Dear Mary, 20 May). I take issue with the idea that…

Dear Mary: how do you excuse yourself from a dull conversation?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. My mother always told me that only boring people are bored. However she never got stuck at a drinks…

How do you reject someone but still spare their feelings?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Q. May I pass on a tip to readers wishing to reject a hopeful romantic partner without hurting their feelings?…

Do you know a flake fatale?

15 April 2017 9:00 am

No shows. Repeat cancellations. And all excused by ‘flakiness’

What can be done about flakes who cancel at the last minute?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

A friend of a friend hosted an engagement party in a London hotel. Invitations had gone out six weeks beforehand,…

Dear Mary: Am I obliged to regale my sponsor with anecdotes from my life?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Q. As an artist I’m indebted to my sponsor. I also like him, but not his habit of ringing me…

The importance of being trolled

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In social media’s strange class system, victimhood belongs to those at the top

On landing, the pilot made an announcement so psychologically astute that I wanted to offer him a job

25 March 2017 9:00 am

After landing at Gatwick, the plane taxied for five minutes or so and then came to a halt in the…

Dear Mary: How to coax a thank-you letter from your guests

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Q. We had some people up from London for a very long weekend. We put on an extra-special do, costing…

The other sexual double-standard

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Why is self-love for women so cool and feminist? For men it’s seen as sad and sleazy, points out Julie Burchill

Dear Mary: how can a dear friend be enjoined to plan his visits ahead?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Q. Living in a large house in the country within striking distance of a motorway, we get a lot of…

Nordic calm for scary people - Aquavit London reviewed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Aquavit is a ‘uniquely Nordic–style’ restaurant in the St James’s Market development between Regent Street and the Haymarket. This development…

How the National Trust is spoiling its treasures

11 March 2017 9:00 am

How the National Trust is spoiling its treasures

Make drugs dull: legalising cannabis the Canadian way

11 March 2017 9:00 am

A former police chief on fighting cannabis by legalising it

The misery of a full diary

11 March 2017 9:00 am

We lose something by planning our diaries too far ahead

Dear Mary: my friends’ annoying habit when referring to their toddlers

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Q. Most of my friends have small children and being mostly media types in west London, have given them silly…

Star power

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump and the end of the age of celebrity

Dear Mary: How to deal with a ‘recycling fascist’

4 March 2017 9:00 am

My partner has become a recycling fascist. She checks everything I put into the bin. I received two bollockings today alone…

The Tories could – and should – have got rid of John Bercow years ago

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Seeing off the Speaker Sir: If senior Tories in Buckingham had had their way, John Bercow’s career as Speaker could…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Why it’s time to establish a Social Highway Code

Thank God for expensive lawyers!

25 February 2017 9:00 am

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…