" - Food, eg "I had a lovely Chinese meal last night - do you like Chinese food?" - General matters about the person you are talking to, eg "Have you lived in this area long?

Image courtesy of Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye, 20 Century Fashion, 1999 The fuller skirt was quite appropriate for more casual, outdoor wear.

1910s Outdoor Wear: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing By 1918, clothes were becoming straighter and more curveless.

" - Sex (some people have strong religious views about this, or are embarrassed by the subject) - Previous or current relationships, eg "Do you have a girlfriend?

" - Politics, eg "Who did you vote for at the last election? " - Criticisms or complaints, eg "Why is British food so bad? There are a number of situations in which it is common to leave a tip (sometimes called a gratuity), although you should not feel that you have to do this if you cannot afford to do so or if you were not happy with the service provided.

In 1908, the unnatural "S" figures that were pushed and pulled with bustles and corsets were replaced with a straight, natural figure.

The waist was loosened, and a straight line was adopted.Elaine Grace When you first meet someone it can be difficult to know how to start a conversation, especially if your first language is not English. " - Television, eg "Did you see The X Factor last night? " - Books, eg "Have you read any good books recently?" (but only if you know the person likes reading) - Sport, eg "Have you been watching Wimbledon?If the service charge is not included the bill may say "Service charge not included" or "Gratuities are at the customer's discretion".- Hairdresser's It is common for people to leave a small tip (maybe one or two pounds) as a tip. For more details about paying for taxis, see: Travel/Transport/Taxis.- Hotel You may want to give a small tip (perhaps 1 or 2 pounds) when a member of hotel staff gives you a special service.