The height of good man­ners

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IN Eng­land, we did not shake hands (‘Nav­i­gat­ing the peck­ing or­der’, Fe­bru­ary 8). When, in the 1930s, two English­men reached the sum­mit of a moun­tain in the Hi­malayas, one of them ac­tu­ally wrote that ‘we so far for­got our­selves as to shake hands on it’.

I didn’t shake hands at home un­til well past the 1960s, al­though I had to in Ger­many. In con­ver­sa­tion some years later with a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, I put it forcibly that, in the in­ter­ests of Euro­pean unity, I was now shak­ing hands. ‘And if the Lis­bon Treaty is passed, you’ll be kiss­ing,’ he replied. David Da­mant, Rut­land

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