Country Life Releases Bonkers 39 Steps To Being A Gentleman – Thanks But No Thanks

We’re not suggesting for a moment that you haven’t heard of Country Life, the magazine for rich folk in the country who have horses and whatnot, but they may have just about pulled off the best publicity stunt.

Because looking at their ’39 steps to being a gentleman’, which includes ‘knows the difference between a rook and a crow’ and ‘singing lustily in church’, they cannot be serious.

Written by Rupert Uloth, deputy editor, who also deems lilac socks as anathema, the list does feature some suggestions which aren’t totally heinous such as switching your mobile off at the dinner table, not letting the door slam in someone’s face and ‘demonstrates that making love is neither a race or a competition.’

Oh – and one us women can get on board with – ends a relationship face to face. (Take notes, Russell Brand and Phil Collins).

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However some of them, chaps, were not very popular among the women in the office. They included Uloth’s issue with Puerto Rico (apparently you shouldn’t go there – JLo won’t be happy) and the ability to undo a woman’s bra strap with one hand.

Personally, we love Debrett’s definition of chivalry and being a gentleman: “The modern British man should aim for appropriate gestures that come instinctively, rather than contrived behaviour that feels out-dated and oppressive.”

Here is the full list:

1 Negotiates airports with ease

2 Never lets a door slam in someone’s face

3 Can train a dog and a rose

4 Is aware that facial hair is temporary, but a tattoo is permanent

5 Knows when not to say anything

6 Wears his learning lightly

7 Possesses at least one well-made dark suit, one tweed suit and a dinner jacket

8 Avoids lilac socks and polishes his shoes

9 Turns his mobile to silent at dinner

10 Carries house guests’ luggage to their rooms

11 Tips staff in a private house and a gamekeeper in the shooting field

12 Says his name when being introduced

13 Breaks a relationship face to face

14 Is unafraid to speak the truth

15 Knows when to clap

16 Arrives at a meeting five minutes before the agreed time

17 Is good with waiters

18 Has two tricks to entertain children

19 Can undo a bra with one hand

20 Sings lustily in church

21 Is not vegetarian
22 Can sail a boat and ride a horse

23 Knows the difference between Glenfiddich and Glenda Jackson

24 Never kisses and tells

25 Cooks an omelette to die for

26 Can prepare a one match bonfire

27 Seeks out his hostess at a party

28 Knows when to use an emoji

29 Would never own a Chihuahua

30 Has read Pride and Prejudice

31 Can tie his own bow tie

32 Would not go to Puerto Rico

33 Knows the difference between a rook and a crow

34 Sandals? No. Never

35 Wears a rose, not a carnation

36 Swats flies and rescues spiders

37 Demonstrates that making love is neither a race nor a competition

38 Never blow dries his hair

39 Knows that there is always an exception to a rule

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