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

My view on Donald Trump

He has the worst taste in the world, which means he will promote ghastliness and insipidity

Dangers of guessing Mr, Mrs or Ms

The brilliant surgeon who replaced my hip was a man at one time, but chose to become a woman subsequently

Nobel Prize winner and Olympic medallist?

Danish scientist Niels Bohr was awarded the Physics Prize in 1922 but he was also an accomplished football player

Want to live longer? Move into a basement

People living lower down will outlive those in the penthouse — but only by a few billionths of a second over the course of 80 years

Is this London’s noisiest restaurant?

The venue is not dissimilar in terms of decibel levels from the Madonna concert I braved last week

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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