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… To think that peo­ple who chew with their mouths open shouldn’t be al­lowed out in public. … To con­sult dif­fer­ent sources for your monthly horo­scope un­til you get the re­sult you were hop­ing for. … If you like your own In­sta­gram post, just to get it up to 11 likes. … To al­ready be think­ing about what you’ll eat for lunch at 10.30am. … If your rub­bish bin goes out more than you do. … If you and your part­ner don’t have a for­mal an­niver­sary date, so you cel­e­brate your sex-iver­sary in­stead. … To ask your­self, “How much do I re­ally need this job?” af­ter hit­ting snooze on your alarm for the fifth time. … To wish that Face­book would stop re­mind­ing you what you looked like eight years ago. Can we just not? … If you say, “What? You didn’t get my mes­sage? Stupid phone!” – know­ing full well that you for­got to re­ply. Um, not OK… … To tag some­one in pic­tures they aren’t in. I wasn’t at your son’s second birth­day party, so stop tag­ging me!

1Choosethe right place “The whole point of go­ing out to eat is to en­joy your­self – it shouldn’t give you anx­i­ety when the cheque comes,” ex­plains Jane.

“The first thing to do is choose a restau­rant that suits your bud­get. If your friend picks an ex­pen­sive place, it’s fine to sug­gest an­other spot. You don’t have to ex­plain; you can just say that you’ve heard great things about your choice.”


“It’s the eas­i­est way to pay ex­actly what you owe: bring cash in all de­nom­i­na­tions,” ad­vises Jane. “It’s im­pos­si­bly awk­ward to ask a waiter to do an un­equal split on your credit or debit card.


“If you’re out with peo­ple and ev­ery­one gets steaks and mar­ti­nis and you only have a salad and wa­ter, it’s 100% OK not to pay as much as ev­ery­one else,” says Jane. “Work out what you owe and pay a lit­tle more.

“For ex­am­ple, if your sup­per, in­clud­ing the tip, was R200, leave R250. If you feel un­com­fort­able point­ing out that you didn’t eat or drink as much as ev­ery­one else, one so­lu­tion is to leave a lit­tle early and qui­etly give your share – again, plus a lit­tle ex­tra – to who­ever is likely to han­dle the cheque.”

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“If it’s just two of you out to eat, quib­bling over the cheque is poor form. As a gen­eral rule, if your friend’s meal costs a few Rands more than yours, I rec­om­mend that you suck it up and split the bill down the mid­dle,” says Jane.

“But if her meal was over 40% more than yours, you can al­ways say, ‘Do you want to get the tip?’ Most peo­ple are usu­ally aware when their share is more ex­pen­sive, and are happy to cover the dif­fer­ence.”

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“If it gets awk­ward, or if the per­son doesn’t of­fer to pay at all, you can al­ways say, ‘I’ll get this one, and you can get the next one.’ Then hold her to it the next time you go out. And if it hap­pens again, con­sider grab­bing cof­fee in the fu­ture,” Jane sug­gests.

Sit with shoul­ders back and knees bent, hold­ing a weight with both hands. Lift feet and lean back on tail­bone, as shown. Ro­tate left, bring­ing weight down by left hip. Re­peat, ro­tat­ing right. Al­ter­nate sides for 20 reps (10 per side).

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