About Adrian Fernand

Adrian Fernand is a writer specialising in screen, television and fiction. As the Agony Uncle for etiquette and social protocol site, I Do Believe I Came with a Hat, he responds to the quandaries facing polite society in a modern world. He has in excess of 90 pairs of shoes. Follow Adrian on Twitter @AdrianFernand

Hövding “Invisible” Helmet: No More Helmet Hair!

Is bike safety getting in the way of your personal style? Have you often preferred the prospect of a head injury instead of—god forbid—helmet hair? Then step aside, I’m going to show you something that will twist the chain on your fixie. Enter Hövding, the next revolution in bicycle safety … Continue reading

How To Stop Someone Chewing With Their Mouth Open

Dear Agony Uncle, How do I tell my housemate nicely that she really needs to close her mouth while she chews? Seriously, she is a 20-year-old! Chewed Up Dear Chewed Up, Chewing with one’s mouth closed is one of the simplest bodily functions that divides the cultured from the zoo … Continue reading

How to be a Gay Cougar

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on how a confirmed homosexual bachelor can become a gay cougar. Dear Agony Uncle, As a long-established (homosexual) bachelor who has never felt the need to compromise myself … Continue reading

What to Wear to a Balinese Wedding

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice for a UK reader on what to wear to a tropical wedding. Dear Agony Uncle, I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding in … Continue reading

Etiquette for Hire: Part 1 – Job Applications

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle – takes a look at the world of hiring and firing in Etiquette for Hire. Part 1 answers those all-important questions on job applications and preparing for interviews. There comes a time in life when one just has to move on, and … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips for Harmonious House Sharing

City Connect brings you another informative yet fun article from Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish agony uncle and etiquette guru. This time he has advice for those leaving home for the first time and shares his top 5 tips for harmonious house sharing. So you’re finally cutting the apron strings … Continue reading

How to Break Up with Your Barista

City Connect brings you our latest article from Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish agony uncle and etiquette guru. This time Adrian shares his personal views about the coffee scene in his hometown of Melbourne. Check out Adrian’s previous articles here. When travelling abroad frequently, one tends to make sacrifices—economy … Continue reading

Grammar 101: Macaron vs. Macaroon

In this week’s instalment of his Grammar 101 series, Adrian Fernand (Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle and commentator on etiquette, style and luxury) casts his critical eye over the latest trend in confectionery – the macaron. Check out his guide on how not to sound like a cultural philistine when … Continue reading

Etiquette for Hire: Part 2 – Interviews & Resignations

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle – takes a look at the world of hiring and firing in Etiquette for Hire. Part 2 answers those all-important questions on interviews, follow-ups and how to resign in style. The Interview If you’re fortunate enough to get to the interview stage, view … Continue reading

Chopstick Etiquette

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish agony uncle and etiquette guru – looks at using chopstick correctly and the different social protocols across certain Asian countries. More Westerners seem to know the annoying little piano ditty better than how to use chopsticks correctly. Often one’s education is imparted by one’s … Continue reading

How to Speak Up Whilst Dining Out

Dear Agony Uncle, I recently visited a local restaurant with a good reputation for food and service—usually a relaxed atmosphere and easy to keep one’s head down—however, for a party of five booked in advance, we were shown to a table for four. With one “emergency chair” placed at the … Continue reading

How to Fix a Fashion-Challenged Boyfriend

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on how to deal with a boyfriend’s wardrobe which needs to be raided by the fashion police! Dear Agony Uncle, After years of … Continue reading

How to Tell Your Boyfriend He’s Receding

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on the best way to tackle that difficult conversation with your boyfriend about his receding hairline. Dear Agony Uncle, I love my boyfriend … Continue reading

How to Deal with Mobile Misuse on a Date

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on how to deal with a date surgically attached to their phone. Dear Agony Uncle, I have recently started dating again after coming … Continue reading

How to Avoid Blind Date Disasters

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on how to avoid blind date disasters! Dear Agony Uncle, I have a friend who is perpetually trying to send me on blind … Continue reading

Learn Your Dating Shortcomings with WotWentWrong

How would you like me to tell you that you were terrible in bed, had halitosis worse than a crack-addicted garlic farmer and your choice in footwear was less than desirable? Didn’t think so. Now what if someone who you once dated, no matter to what extent of humiliation could … Continue reading

Top 10 Tips for Social Climbers

When breaking into a new social scene, it’s easy to be dazzled by the free booze and the canapés. Let’s face it: miniature food is an impressive culinary achievement (Just how small are the chefs who make mini hotdogs?) and a subsidised session towards oblivion is almost too hard to … Continue reading

An Illustrated Guide to Cheese Etiquette

City Connect introduces Adrian Fernand as our latest Features Writer. He’s the man behind the etiquette blog, idobelieveicamewithahat.com, and we’re very pleased that Adrian will be sharing his pearls of etiquette wisdom with us over the coming weeks and months. His first article for City Connect looks at the etiquette … Continue reading

Grammar 101: Lose vs. Loose

Adrian Fernand, Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle, brings us the third part of his grammatical series Grammar 101. This week, Adrian has something to say about the unbelieveable confusion certain members of the public have between the words ‘lose’ and ‘loose’. Possibly one of the most annoying typographical errors, so … Continue reading

Grammar 101: Brought vs. Bought

Adrian Fernand, Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle, brings us the second in his series Grammar 101, this week highlighting the difference between brought and bought. Two entirely different meanings, but apparently twice as hard for some people to distinguish between, ‘bought’ confused with ‘brought’ is possibly one of the most … Continue reading

What to Do When Bought a Drink at the Bar

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on what to do when someone buys you a drink in a bar or club. Dear Agony Uncle, When someone buys you a … Continue reading