Related Posts with Thumbnails
The Book

Out now at Amazon | Waterstones

Middle Class Handbook on Twitter
Chattering Class

Putting chocolate in the fridge

Always pleasing

Chelsea Flower Show

Lovely as ever, but MC opinion divided about the WW1 garden

The Cbeebies Prom

Who needs Glastonbury?

Hot Punch Nike Frees

When did these become obligatory for MC school-run mums

“’Slaw”

Can we stop this, please? It’s “Coleslaw”. Thank you.

Frozen-themed children’s parties

An MC epidemic: snow-effect cake decorations now sold out across the internet

Texts

Somehow more appealing than a DM

TNT delivery people

Rubbish service, nice bikes

Tyrion Lanister’s trial speech

A great moment from a great MC hero

Capital

Very interesting but does anyone really know how to pronounce Piketty?

Latest Comments
The Periodic Table of the Middle Class
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    « Chattering Class: This week’s essential MC chat | Main | seven ways to kill a supper club »
    Thursday
    Jan242013

    The art of cancelling: middle class style

    We’ve all got either a friend or a colleague, or both, who just doesn’t get how to cancel a meeting – who will just casually cancel by text on the day, with little thought for the plans you might have made, the meal you had prepared to cook, the outfit you’ve put together. People can be forgiven for this every now and then. Stuff comes up. It’s ungracious to be too obviously put out by it, as though you’re so busy that you can’t afford to suddenly have your plans messed with. But, there is an art to cancelling, and it’s fair to be irked if someone repeatedly fails to observe it.

    As a general rule, cancelling should never be done on the day of the meeting, except in extreme cases of illness, emergency and childcare issues. Anything other than that is simply flaking. Cancel with at least 24 hours’ notice whenever possible. If you’re ill on the day, and you’re thinking about cancelling, don’t dither all day, and don’t say “can I see how I feel a bit later?”. Cancel once, definitely, and as early as possible. End of.

    Reader Comments (3)

    Thanks... am just phoning to cancel my table at Alain Ducasse st the Dorchester for tomorrow lunchtime.. Ill for last 4 days and can't taste anything... hope they understand!

    January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Buckland

    "Childcare issues"? Oh please, the worst excuse ever. One cannot be critical of it as that would be heartless of course but if I think someone is likely to come up with that one they wouldn't be invited anyway.......how very "middle middle"!!

    January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeraldine

    "Childcare issues"? Oh please, the worst excuse ever. One cannot be critical of it as that would be heartless of course but if I think someone is likely to come up with that one they wouldn't be invited anyway.......how very "middle middle"!!

    January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeraldine

    PostPost a New Comment

    Enter your information below to add a new comment.

    My response is on my own website »
    Author Email (optional):
    Author URL (optional):
    Post:
     
    Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>