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When you have handled one an errant pupil throwing knives, forks and plates at you after you confiscated his mobile phone, sitting through Mail Online comments is a doddle.
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.
The thought of all the guys at a dinner table scrambling to stand just because I'm getting up to go to the ladies' room strikes me as … But at one point in recent history, it would have been a serious faux pas if those guys stand up when a woman left the table.
That's just one of many etiquette rules that are no longer applicable in contemporary society.
During the test, I unashamedly took my hand off the wheel to thank an articulated lorry for letting me out at a junction.
Well, according to examiner Paul (I have no idea if that was his name - it was something nondescript like that) I may as well have mounted the curb and run over a cat. Still, I'd rather fail and be polite than win and be rude. My toe was first dipped in the waters of etiquette before I had left school: I was asked to teach table manners to the younger years.
What sort of work comes the way of an etiquette coach, and how did it all start?' (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 Chinese have given the world so much, and continue to do so, but what the younger generations there have recognised is that the country's decorum and self-restraint could do with a bit of fine tuning (it's the opposite of the UK where the older generation all think the youth are horrid upstarts).The Chinese have a keen thirst to understand how the west behave and how we think - sadly, many in this part of the world have such a backwards and arrogant view on life that they don't share reciprocal sentiments.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?