Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings - review by Christopher Howse

Christopher Howse

Men Behaving Courteously

Sorry! The English and Their Manners

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Have hat manners evaporated entirely, just at the moment when men’s hats have become fashionable again (trilbies and pork-pie hats in addition to the common baseball cap)? A generation or two without hats have left men with no idea how to use them, no idea even that there should be rules.

I often see tourists walk into my local church in central London quite unaware that they are wearing a baseball cap and that it should be taken off. Perhaps they might be more aware that they should have one on if they wandered into a synagogue. Even less familiar is

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