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

Hotels and casinos in downtown Macau
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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

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

Thank-you letters? Thanks but no thanks

We must always take some care in crafting our verbal gratitude, otherwise we are doing something merely perfunctory

The best (and worst) outdoor sculptures

Stonehenge was bought by Sir Cecil Chubb in 1915 for £6,600 as a gift for his wife. Apparently she didn’t like it

Welcome to the worst day of my life

It would begin with me waking up in a room full of empty cans and full ashtrays after a party somewhere in the Midlands

Did you solve my conundrum?

It has driven people completely mad. I have had telephone calls in the middle of the night from friends offering me their solutions

How to react to a friend’s new facelift

My view is that plastic surgery should never have gone beyond its original invention as a means to rectify traumatic injuries

How to deal with noisy theatregoers

‘If that doesn’t work then bring out your extended selfie stick and protrude it in front of the noisy offenders’


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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