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

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

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

What to Do About Boring Facebook Baby Talk

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 Facebook friends boring you about their babies. Dear Agony Uncle, I’ve hit the age where all of my … Continue reading

How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry

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 sibling rivalry. Dear Agony Uncle, My older sister and I have never got along. At the tender age … Continue reading

Grammar 101: Regime vs. Regimen

In the latest instalment of his tongue-in-cheek exploration of grammatical errors, Adrian Fernand takes a harsh but fair look at why certain people confuse the word ‘regime’ and ‘regimen’ in his excellent Grammar 101 series. Those whose profession depends on its daily use say it—dieticians, nutritionists, personal trainers—yet they’re all wrong. … 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

Grammar 101: Invite vs. Invitation

In this week’s instalment of his grammatical series Grammar 101, Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle – Adrian Fernand – looks at the inexcusable confusion that arises in some quarters of the population between the words ‘invite’ and ‘invitation’. It has crept into the vernacular with little scrutiny, however, ‘invite’ and … 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

Grammar 101: Compliment vs. Complement

Adrian Fernand – Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle and commentator on etiquette and social protocol – continues his tongue-firmly-in-cheek Grammar 101 series to help those finding it difficult to distinguish between paying something a compliment and what suits it… Keeping favour and being favourable mightn’t seem all that different from … Continue reading

Grammar 101: Ask vs. Arks

Adrian Fernand, Australia’s most stylish Agony Uncle and commentator on etiquette, style and luxury, brings you a new tongue-in-cheek series on spelling and grammar called unsurprisingly Grammar 101. We’ve all heard them: the horrible faux pas uttered by the ignoramuses who plague we, the learned. It’s baffling how one cannot … Continue reading

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