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Prince Harry

Even republicans approve, surely?

Microwaving tea

Recommended by scientists, apparently. Disgusting

No televised election debates

Disappointing; we were rather looking forward to May vs The Sturge


Olivia Coleman = nailed-on Future National Treasure

Spring Bank holidays

Too close together! Very bad!


“I queued for THREE BLOODY HOURS at B&Q for a new recycling bin! The entire town’s in CHAOS”


To be listened to whole on a long journey for maximum effect

Using a proper paper map

Strangely satisfying

The “Flash” Flash ad

It’s back! Possibly the best ever singing dog in an advert ever

Crap tacos

Reheated, with too much chilli: middle-class kebabs, basically

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    MC Eating Habits: Talk at London's House of St Barnabas

    One of the Middle Class Handbook editors, Richard Benson, is speaking about new middle class eating habits at a talk at London’s House of St Barnabas on July 16, and if any MCH readers would like to come, we would love to see you there. The event is intended to raise money for the HOSB’s work with London’s homeless.

    Richard will be talking about middle-class topics such as the lunchtime sandwich run, the etiquette of eating breakfast at work, and whether the Saturday night takeaway is edging out the Sunday roast as the week’s most enjoyable meal. He may even digress into such old favourites as cupcakes and the correct way to pronounce “scone” and “chorizo”. Other guests include Tom Viney, co-editor of a new magazine called Special Request, and Rosie Lovel, founder of Rosie’s Deli Café in Brixton. Another MCH associate Miranda Sawyer is chair for the evening.

    Tickets – all in a good cause are available here.

    And if you want to really get involved, you can upload pictures of your lunch to the Facebook link above. All the images will be compiled in a video display on the evening, apparently. Lovely.



    Checkout girl vs. customer on mobile phone

    Top marks to the checkout girl

    Taking holidays in other people's houses

    Can't get enough of this

    Salad spinners

    @MartynHett reports a severe shortage on the high street

    Sky Go, the "talking window" technology

    Leave us alone!


    As @Feisty_Onion says, its excellence cannot be overstated

    The fancier the job title, the less fancy the job


    Posting "happy Independence Day to all my American friends" on Facebook

    @samuelpalin says it seems suitably, Britishly self-effacing to congratulate Americans for escaping our yoke

    Who uses Facebook anymore? the thing everyone says while still using Facebook

    John Lewis opening Heathrow shop

    EXCITING. Yes, @heidistephens, it is

    The hashtag #foodporn

    Deplorable, says @LondonWineCirc


    Chattering class: Click one piece of chat, get nine free

    Five-cheese pizza

    Not nice – way too many cheeses, reports @cecimaud


    Being bandied about. Be very wary

    Grayson Perry

    Still our man of the moment

    Complaining about anachronisms in historical TV drama

    @redarsedbaboon reckons this has become a Thing

    Six pounds for a slice of cake at the Queen’s Club tennis, reports @LouiseCroft3

    The Great British Rip-Off continues

    Preparing artichokes

    Far too much bother

    Panicking about tomatoes not growing yet

    Wisdom from @Blonde_M: so long as you’re seeing flowers, they’ll arrive eventually

    Including the word “methinks” when you write something witty

    It wasn’t witty, because you’re terrible, says @rllyquitetired

    Going digital with your recipe journal

    Not acceptable

    Online word verification thingies

    No, @EnglishMum, you're not the only one who can’t do them


    Middle Class Colour Chart: Green


    Chattering class: The small chat in between big discussions

    Pale yellow shorts, apricot polo with green loafers

    Summer version of red trousers; heads up from @Vicky_liddell

    Bite-sized treats

    Unbeatable. Is there a mini version of something we won’t hoover up?


    So simple, so middle Eastern, so healthy, so completely MC

    Should you wave to other drivers of the New Beetle?

    Good question, @matt_davies

    The average adult apparently spends 23 minutes a day eating

    Yeah, right – it’s all you lot ever talk about

    Vaseline? Lard?

    Where next for @heidistephens after buying facecream in Poundland?

    The popping candy/magic food bullshit

    Still doing the rounds. Yawn, says @misskp


    We’re not ready to give it up – contactless and mobile payments just don’t feel trustworthy yet


    A trusty MC veg, now creating more jobs at Maggots Nook Farm. Nice work, beetroot

    Food served on chopping boards

    The thrill was short-lived

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