Last week I laughed out loud listening to the BBC Radio 4 series with the brilliant British comedian David Mitchell. Its subject was whether manners are still important. It was hilariously funny but tackled a rather important subject.
As a kid growing up in Oz my father made sure we understood that manners meant something. Rudeness to elder relatives would be met with a wallop. Quite rightly so. In those un-PC days, it was not common to have your father dragged into court for giving a kid a damn good hiding for stepping severely out of line.