Online dating etiquette for women
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.
A crown that could be lost if our pandering to trendy fads and building laziness continues.
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.
Our base for the trip were the roomy penthouses at Claridge's and I toured the boy around the city, who for some bizarre reason took to calling me 'Euston' for the duration.
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.
The types of courses offered are ones that would hardly get booked in Britain.
The word no (the one single word that any child needs to grasp) was not one he was used to hearing and his maid cut up his food (I soon stopped that) and bathed him each night (again, I suggested he started showering to aid independence).
I had free-reign as far as activities for his time in London; prime seats for big West End shows would be found with two hours notice if he suddenly wanted to go to the theatre, and we'd have VIP tours around safari parks and other amusements. So much so the child insisted I walk behind his incontinent pony during his riding lessons through Hyde Park.
Of course, when you think about it, what seems more silly: joining a community of fellow looking-for-love singles, who are introduced to you based on potential compatibility?
Or heading to the nearest bar, feverishly scanning for someone who ‘looks' single, then hoping like mad that a) they’ll notice you and b) that you have something – anything – in common? And the statistics support this: recent research has shown that internet dating is now the second most-common way to find a partner, while as many as 1-in-3 marriages start online.