4 Ladies may allow their bare arms, shoulders and/or a modest portion of décolletage to be visible. Almost no woman older than 20, or with a dress-size more than six can sit with her flabby tummy exposed without putting others off their food. 10 Sending or reading any form of email, text, tweet, Facebook message, status update or comment left at the end of an online newspaper feature.Ditto communicating via Whats App, Snapchat or Skype.We haven’t seen it, and we could be seeing it now, actually… There are no strict etiquette rules that you have to stick to when in the UK.
And gentlemen are sitting next to their memsahibs at dinner. Not surprisingly, Maj Gen Cowan has taken a pretty dim view of such poor form. In fact, we believe that it is our duty to apply the same rigour to social standards when eating in civvie street. You are not, however, free to accept and then change your mind at the last minute because you suddenly got a better offer, or there’s something good on the “telly”. It has come to our attention that last week, Major General James Cowan, the commanding officer of 3rd (UK) Division, sent his officers a three-page guide to etiquette.Apparently, men in the mess are eating sandwiches with their hands.Middle-aged, middle-class men should pass on the standard jeans/cords-shirt-and-sweater combination and consider the possibilities afforded by a jacket, or an informal suit. 6 No, your diet doesn’t matter more than the cook’s hard work and tender feelings. An allergy is actually the response of immunoglobulin antibodies, or T-cells, in the body’s immune system to particular food proteins. The belief that every morsel one consumes has to be shared with the entire social-media world is proof of the descent of mankind into global idiocy. Likewise, the following activities have no place at any meal when more than one person is at the table, whatever the time of day, or location of said table.Tucking one’s shirt in is also obligatory for any male not on their summer holidays or young enough to attend kindergarten. Someone’s grown it, harvested it, bred it, fed it, slaughtered it, packaged it, sold it and cooked it. That’s basic, old-fashioned, common-or-garden manners. If you have a genuine dietary requirement, make this clear well in advance, so preparations can be made. Only 4 per cent of adults have any sort of food allergy. 9 Talking on any form of portable communication device; playing with or otherwise using an i Pad or comparable tablet; or leaving any of said devices on the tabletop in anticipation of their use.The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.