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Tuesday 20 November 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: a note on wedding etiquette

Danielle Scoins
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As a cake-loving, romantic sop, it should come as no surprise that I love weddings. They are like childhood birthday parties but with fancier lolly bags. I love everything about them, from the concept of love and commitment behind them, right down to the finer details that make a wedding day unique. So when I…
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Tuesday 6 November 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: shhhhhhhh! a note on library etiquette

Danielle Scoins
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It is that delightful time of year where students everywhere die a little inside and frantically prepare for their exams. The academic year rushes to a dramatic end, with seemingly insurmountable word limits to be reached on that essay, oral presentations to be given in a language you are supposed to know and somehow it…
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Tuesday 23 October 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: the etiquette of group work

Danielle Scoins
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Ask any university student, employee, committee member or basically anyone in the business of organising things what their pet hate is and I guarantee the answer will be the same – “group work”. The need to work as part of a group at some stage in one’s life is an inevitability. Whether it be an…
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Tuesday 9 October 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: a note on office etiquette

Danielle Scoins
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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 37% of the Australian labour force were working as either professionals or in an administrative/clerical role as at August 2011. This means that about one in three Australian workers are operating within some sort of corporate office. I am one of those ‘one in three’. Working in an…
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Monday 24 September 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: love thy neighbour – how to get along with those who live next door

Danielle Scoins
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I spent the greater part of my youth growing up on a farm. Whilst it was quite small in comparison to other properties in the area, our nearest neighbours were still about a kilometre away. Despite this physical distance, I still have quite fond memories of our time growing up there and more particularly, the…
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Thursday 13 September 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: cramped seats, loud strangers and the loss of personal space – a note on the etiquette of travelling

Danielle Scoins
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It may be my country heritage, but I actually quite enjoy public transport. That said, as someone who still drives to work everyday, I think it would be more accurate to say that it is probably the idea of public transport that appeals to me. The notion of being able to kick back and relax…
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Tuesday 28 August 2012
Culture

modern ms manners: dealing with being “unfriended”

Danielle Scoins
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‘You blocked me on Facebook – now you are going to die.’ – Internet Friends by Knife Party I have two hundred Facebook “friends”. Sure that sounds like bragging rights, if I could claim that all those people were my genuine friends in real life. However, as those who are familiar with Facebook (i.e. everyone),…
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Tuesday 14 August 2012
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modern ms manners: dining out – a note on eating in the company of others

Danielle Scoins
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One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. – Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright I read an article earlier this week about how one’s eating habits are influenced by the company one keeps. Apparently if you are…
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Thursday 2 August 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: the art of small talk

Danielle Scoins
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MRS HIGGINS: But you mustn’t. I’m serious, Henry. You offend all my friends: they stop coming whenever they meet you. HIGGINS: Nonsense! I know I have no small talk; but people don’t mind. MRS HIGGINS: Oh! Don’t they? Small talk indeed! What about your large talk? Really, dear, you mustn’t stay. – ‘Pygmalion’ Act III…
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Wednesday 18 July 2012
Culture Featured

modern ms manners: a note on email etiquette

Danielle Scoins
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When I am not writing witty little ditties for Lip, my 9-5pm is spent in an office environment where a large part of that time is allocated to communicating via email. As an older member of Gen Y, I remember when emails just came out and the excitement I experienced as I created my first…
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Tuesday 3 July 2012
Opinion

modern ms manners: how to politely sit in the dark with a bunch of strangers – a note on theatre etiquette

Danielle Scoins
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I love going to the movies. Almost as much as I love going to the theatre. And I love going to the theatre a lot. Something about watching a script come to life right in front of you, with the added flair of artistic direction and live performance, is like Nutella for my soul. As…
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Tuesday 19 June 2012
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modern ms manners : some advice on supermarket etiquette

Danielle Scoins
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When you think about it, supermarkets are strange places. Always so bright with upbeat music, and aisle upon aisle full of everything you could think of. You make your way into the store merrily humming their jingle, your mind full of images of the happy staff in the television commercials, who are so overjoyed that…
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Tuesday 5 June 2012
Opinion

modern ms manners: how to argue politely – a note for politicians on question time

Danielle Scoins
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Often lamenting the lack of etiquette being advocated in our modern society, one cannot help but notice a whole range of behaviours which fail to show the human race as an evolved and courteous species. Public flatulence, the inability of people to say “please” or “thank you” and the standard mode of address which you…
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Thursday 26 April 2012
Opinion

modern ms manners: how not to comment on someone’s appearance

Danielle Scoins
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As a preface to this column I advise you all that I am a woman. I am also quite tall, coming in at a fabulous 5 foot 11 inches in height. I also enjoy wearing high heels. Now you might be asking “Danielle, why are you sharing all of these benign facts with us?” Glad…
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