Adopting an English Name and Having the Chinese One Removed

Over 20% of all non-British pupils at the UK’s leading private schools now come from China and we should be mindful of last month’s provocative vandalism at Columbia University in New York. During Chinese New Year name tags showing students’ Chinese names were ripped from the doors of their rooms. It also appears that some…

Six Reasons Not to do Direct Selling: A Plea to a Tempted Friend

I understand why you would consider joining a direct selling, network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM) organisation. You might be offered a cheap start-up ‘kit’ and you might even like the look of the candles, make-up, jewellery, beauty or cleaning products that you’d be selling. I’m sure that you’re thrilled by the potential financial benefits….

How to ‘Social Kiss’ in the UK

Since moving to the Cotswolds the amount of social kissing I am expected to engage in has increased significantly. By social kissing, I don’t mean snogging in the street like a teenager, I mean cheek brushing and lip puckering with a loud ‘mwahh’. Social kissing is no longer the behest of ladies who lunch or…

Getting an Au-pair – A Cultural (and Literal) Education

Getting an au pair can be a fantastic, entertaining and relatively inexpensive idea. But listen to the advice of others and prepare assiduously to avoid a load of potential problems. Maybe I’m being a bit of a princess since my husband moved abroad to work, but I don’t think that I can manage a very…