Friday, December 05, 2008
This being this time of year, I ask: what is the correct arrival time protocol? I am inclined to turn up at parties early, but, in this, I am regarded as irredeemably gauche. Turning up late and appearing, therefore, busy and hard to get is the preferred style of the socially adept. Indeed, at some, as it were, professional parties, it is the done thing to turn up five minutes before the end, grab whatever freebies are on offer, sign the guest book to satisfy the public relations people and rush home to curl up in front of Men in Black. But I still regard turning up anything more than half an hour after the start time as, somehow, wrong, against nature, if you will. Am I alone in this?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 3:27 pm