Mega-rich memories

During the glorious summer evenings, we would serve plonk and Walkers crisps half an hour before the concert

What to hang over a fireplace

I have a great variety of flick knives . . . I think it suggests masculine street cred

Royal lunch takes the biscuit

At the other extreme, the least elaborate lunch I’ve ever had was at Clarence House

A bathroom standing joke

If the Queen mentions Prince William, she can hardly be accused of name-dropping

The Dalai Lama’s spiritual connections

The Dalai Lama seems to be much more of a trendy man than me as he has joined Instagram

Why men should never buy lingerie

I once sold a couple of silk boxer underpants to the gloriously beautiful Cindy Crawford

Dull questions at dinner parties

‘As far as I can judge, name cards are for champions of social pole-vaulting or failed networkers’

Snooty versus super-snobs

‘Aristocrats live in their own surreal world and the lower classes generally don’t give a toss’

Use a pen for a special Tweet

‘Who wants to drink champagne from a straw? Not only is this a common habit, it sabotages the effect’

Asian tea has Oolong history

‘The British have not been particularly romantic with naming their teas, unlike Asia’

Calling card of social pests

‘Budget airlines assume passengers should have no right to demand any services’

A damper on the hamper

‘I once turned down a picnic with my editor because I suspected that the champagne would be tepid’

Uncoupled by a mattress

‘I hate the scent that Shangri-La hotels use. It reminds me of a detergent from boarding school’

Ho Chi Minh’s shoe shame

‘I’ve seen ambitious networkers palm off their name cards to the Prince of Wales – and even the Queen’

Hotel loses its composer

In the toilet of one Australian brewery the graffiti reads: ‘You never buy the beer, you just rent it’

A flair for fashion

‘Chinese women put into trousers after the 1949 revolution were years ahead of Yves Saint Laurent’

Let’s talk scents

‘My taste for incense comes from my early days when I was an altar boy swinging the thurible at mass’

In search of suitable seats

‘My favourite loo is at Aspinall’s, where onyx and marble exude respect for the user’

Nightclubs and bath tubs

‘I doubt I could pull off having a business meeting in my hotel room with others fully clothed while I sat naked in the bath’

China’s power to surprise

‘I calculated that China will need about 75 years to catch up the US in terms of GDP per capita’


David TangDavid Tang, the FT's Agony Uncle, answers readers' questions about property, interiors, architecture and gardens although he often strays beyond his remit to debate concerns about everything from etiquette to grammar.

Tang is the entrepreneur who founded China Tang and iCorrect, and he has homes principally in Hong Kong, mainland China, London and Essex .

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