Should men learn to dance?

Perhaps children should be taught the waltz, the cha-cha and the jive rather than social studies or graphic design

Kate Moss and my other ‘vulgar’ friends

Having the widest circle of friends of every character is the most fascinating collection one can build in the library of life

Designer kissing client on cheek at design office meeting (C) Getty Images

How to greet your staff

An interior designer, for example, might regard an air kiss as a little too cavalier and insufficiently affectionate

How to talk to strangers

It is always boring to ask: ‘So what do you do?’ Sometimes, I start by asking: ‘So, what do you NOT do?’

Driven to fury by motorway services

The car park is dull, the lavatories are dull, the entrances are dull. Everything you get inside these places is dull

Fist impressions count at Wimbledon

Perhaps they should be made to dress like Gandhi, so that they play in a more serene state of mind

My work colleague smells. What can I do?

Try carrying with you a durian fruit or a lump of Stinking Bishop cheese, or both

Post-Brexit Britain shouldn’t be pessimistic

The nation’s dinner tables have not seen such spirited and passionate debate for a long time

The story of my selfless, submissive grandmother

Picture a blissful Chinese family prospering in colonial Hong Kong — then a fortune teller intervened

Bottom line on patting posteriors

I’d carry on without regard to what others think, if only because pleasing one’s wife is the most sensible insurance for longevity

Why my childhood wasn’t privileged

All of us were cast out of the family home and left to fend for ourselves on the advice of a fortune teller

Happy memories of Leeds, a city I hate

Even the high-rises appear to be the work of a student architect. The entire place seems to be immersed in a depressing greyness

My advice to President Donald Trump

He should take his ‘Hair-Force One’ to Mexico, Russia and China and learn about these countries and their people

How I justify 14 flights in seven weeks

All of the carbon footprint comes from British Airways’ flights, and not from my being a passenger

Royal decor: death by scatter cushion

The Cambridges’ drawing room is not only middle-aged, but middle class and perhaps Middleton

Are these the world’s worst cities?

From Cancún and Macau to Dubai and Leeds, David Tang takes a tour of the most charmless urban centres he has encountered

Why teenagers need style lessons

Parents should at least try to get their children to learn about elegance and suitability

What not to wear in a job interview

Look tidy, but your clothes ought to be somewhat worn. Never put on anything fancy, unless you are auditioning to be a clown.

What to wear at the races

My father never smiled more than when he had a winner, especially Fat Choy, a horse that was blind in one eye

Why I never drank

I often wonder how these diehard Maotai guzzlers would fare against those pot-bellied dart enthusiasts

ABOUT DAVID

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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