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A guide to China

Read Kwintessential’s guide to China to learn more about the country’s customs and culture and what to observe when doing business there.

The fight for the armrests

I’ve often wondered who should get the armrests in planes. According to this article in The Sun, a former flight attendant explained that there’s an unspoken rule that the person in the middle seat gets both armrests. The reason is that the person in the aisle can move fairly freely. While the person in theContinue Reading

A guide to the US

In Kwintessential’s guide to the USA, you’ll learn about the country’s etiquette, customs, culture and business. One fact that might surprise you. There is no official language, according to the US government.  

Do you see these things as being unprofessional? William does.

In this article (link to dailymail.co.uk), etiquette expert William Hanson tells us what he considers to be unprofessional in the workplace. Things he mentions: tattoos nose rings and piercings tie clips too much perfume (something I don’t like either!) charity bangles (What are they? Perhaps something like this?) visible hair roots high heels (not more thanContinue Reading

Memorial Day tomorrow

Memorial Day is a holiday in the USA, observed on the last Monday of May. It honours men and women who died while serving in the US military. Read more details in this article here. Or take a look at history.com’s website to get even more information.

When wedding rings are not worn

I learned something new today while reading this article in Harper’s Bazaar. A lot of men from the upper classes in Britain do not wear wedding rings (Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh, for example). It’s an old tradition. The only piece of jewellery that is worn is a signet ring. As etiquette expert WilliamContinue Reading

What about afternoon tea in London?

Some people have asked me in the past whether I recommend any places in London where one can have afternoon tea. People I know have been to The Ritz, to Claridges and to Fortnum and Mason. But the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is new to me. According to this article in the Daily Mail, written byContinue Reading

The Japanese restaurant with a list of rules bigger than the menu

When travelling to Berlin a month or so ago, I was shocked at just how noisy it was on the train. Some people seemed to phone non-stop. And to not worry that everyone else could hear all their plans for the day. And there I was, trying to work quietly. So next time I travelContinue Reading

How birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated in America

How are birthdays and anniversaries celebrated in your country? Read here how they are celebrated in America.

British snack culture

I was surprised to read that young people in Britain eat more snacks than people of the same age in other European countries. So what sort of snacks do they like? According to the British Council’s article here, crisps and chocolate seem to be at the top of the list. And I’m not surprised. I rememberContinue Reading