Holiday dating etiquette

28-Mar-2017 02:43

Perhaps one of the more memorable experiences of my career to date was (six or so years a go) spending three weeks being the 'male nanny' and civility sensei to an eight year old Middle Eastern prince.His family had asked for someone to show him around London whilst instilling courtesy, respect and traditional British values - such as self-respect, confidence without arrogance and a pathological consideration of other people's feelings.While for many years British food may not have been the envy of Europe, we Brits certainly knew how to make an elegant meal out of eating it properly.At a time when Britain is struggling for an identity and so many of our commodities are produced in other countries, we should remember that the rest of the world still looks to Britain as the arbiters of civility.The inn is conveniently located near Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed park where families can ride a yule log flume or visit a school for elves.

After a slow 'getting to know you' stroll through Regent's Park on day one and a tantrum to end all tantrums at Legoland the day after, we had both sussed each other's boundaries up.

A few years ago when travelling to New York for work, I was asked by a US border official what my profession was; after hearing my reply he asked whether I 'felt guilty when people pay you for that'. This summer marks my tenth anniversary of teaching and commentating about etiquette.

Aside from the many regular and pleasant clients, what have been my highlights?

If you're ever being interviewed by Chinese journalists be prepared to answer questions like 'what's your blood type' (I once answered blue, and am convinced the faithful reprinting of this is why I still get work there) and 'how much do you earn in a month?

' (That said, as of Wednesday, you now are expected to answer that question here in Britain.)Perhaps my 'blue blood' is why in 2013 I was included on a list of 'Chinese aristocracy' in an annual report that listed key influencers in Chinese culture: if teaching classes on how to balance and curate a seating plan for a dinner party (the Chinese traditionally don't entertain in their houses), courses on how to cope when the staff leave you, or actually teaching the nation who 'invented' tea how to hold a teacup counts as influencing the culture, that is.

After a slow 'getting to know you' stroll through Regent's Park on day one and a tantrum to end all tantrums at Legoland the day after, we had both sussed each other's boundaries up.A few years ago when travelling to New York for work, I was asked by a US border official what my profession was; after hearing my reply he asked whether I 'felt guilty when people pay you for that'. This summer marks my tenth anniversary of teaching and commentating about etiquette.Aside from the many regular and pleasant clients, what have been my highlights?If you're ever being interviewed by Chinese journalists be prepared to answer questions like 'what's your blood type' (I once answered blue, and am convinced the faithful reprinting of this is why I still get work there) and 'how much do you earn in a month?' (That said, as of Wednesday, you now are expected to answer that question here in Britain.)Perhaps my 'blue blood' is why in 2013 I was included on a list of 'Chinese aristocracy' in an annual report that listed key influencers in Chinese culture: if teaching classes on how to balance and curate a seating plan for a dinner party (the Chinese traditionally don't entertain in their houses), courses on how to cope when the staff leave you, or actually teaching the nation who 'invented' tea how to hold a teacup counts as influencing the culture, that is.The carriage house suites are located on a hillside above the Main Inn and are named after the “12 Days of Christmas”: think 1 Partridge in a Pear Tree and 11 Pipers Piping.