Dating table manners
In their manners the Russians exhibit their usual failure to do anything by halves.
They will apologise instantly if they interrupt you in mid-sentence, kiss your hand if you are a woman, help you find your way if you are lost in a city by actually going with you to your destination, however far it takes them out of their way.
The party going on in the rest of the room continued without anyone taking the slightest notice.Perhaps, it's because they're already thinking ahead to the goodnight kiss or maybe they just have an aversion to keeping vampires away.Whatever the case, for this particular group, nothing says rude like you downing garlic as if it’s the last bulb of it on the planet.Children are constantly being coached in good manners and ticked off if they do not come up to scratch. They never specify days of the week, such as "next Monday", or "Wednesday", only "the 13th", "the 4th" (of the month).The general public used to queue almost as readily as the British used to - whether for oranges or to collect their coats from the cloakroom after a concert.