There is one thing that refuses to go global: how people greet each other. In the US and Germany you could look forward to a bonecrusher of a handshake, in the Middle East something more like a limp fish.   Photograph: Getty Images

Last week I was in Singapore giving a talk organised by a German bank to an audience of mainly Asian women. Though I was 7,000 miles from home, and se(...)

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Above, left to right. Green dress (€176), by Mary Portas,  green fine-knit jumper (£60, houseoffraser.co.uk), by St Martins ; gold pouchette (€129), by Biba. Yellow twist-detail dress (€129). Oversized printed shirt (€129), paisley-print skinny jeans (€116), by Mary Portas. All at House of Fraser

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