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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - July 2, 1981, Medicine Hat, Alberta Thursday, July 2,1981, THE MEDICINE HAT NEWS—19 *Good Snobs Guide * written in response to middle-class demands DOUGLAS AND ELAINE TURNER — In a recent cerenfiony at Fifth Avenue United Church, Elaine Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Nelson of Irvine, and Douglas Joshua, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Turner of Medicine Hat, were united in marriage. Following a honeymoon in Banff the couple will reside in the city. —Goinsboro 79 Studio Gauthier’s love for belts has gone with the wind MONTREAL (CP) - When she was 13, she used to create hats with her mother’s furs and jewelry with the nuts and bolts her father was using as a plumber. A few years later Lucille Gauthier started a modelling career. “I belong to the generation of models who like to dress and I always had problems finding interesting jewelry and fine accessories,” she said. "Since I’ve always been creative I started making belts.” Not just any kind of belts either. Hers were made of suede or leathers decorated with feathers. But her love for belts, combs and feather boas has gone with the wind to be replaced with a love of necklaces. Now, Gauthier makes necklaces that are truly one-of-a-kind and signed by their maker. They are made of feathers, ceramic, nuts, glass and metal. Gauthier works from her home, in a room transformed into a workshop and where she also keeps live doves. She also Lifestyles has two Siamese cats and a dog. “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea and I have to get up and work until morning. ” Every piece of jewelry is made with material found in nature. Abalone, fish bones, shells, fruit stones and wood. She said she does have problems sometimes in finding enough material. “Fortunately, I have friends who travel and bring me some shells. I also found beautiful stone in Gaspe and even feathers from an exotic bird at the Cape Cod zoo. “I took them from the cage, while the man kept the bird occupied at the other end. ” On occasion she uses feathers fallen from her own doves, and shells from oysters and snails she has served to her guests the night before. “I want that the women who buy my necklaces wear them with love. I do not use plastic, ever. I hate cheap things and I want my jewelry to last. ” By ROBERT A. ERLANDSON 'The Baltimore Sun (Field News Service) LONDON — When an unmarried couple who live together visit for the weekend, offer them a single b^room. To do otherwise is discourteous and implies unwarranted personal disapproval, advises the first major book on manners and social behavior published in England in 50 years. But the hostess still has the last word on where to put the couple if she has very strong views on the subject or if there are elderly relatives on hand who might be shocked or upset. The new book, “Debretts Etiquette and Modem Manners,” was released last week by Debretts Peerage, which for 200 years has been the arbiter of British taste, style and downright snobbery. Social behavior in the last two decades has not only changed, it has been bludgeoned into transformation. Things that were not even mentioned aloud when the last etiquette book was written are now commonplace. The new book, already dubbed “The Good Snobs Guide,” was written in response to middle-class demands to be told what to do and how to do it — properly. In some areas, particularly where sexual mores are involved, the bode treads carefully because the sihiations — and consequent guidelines — are still evolving. The book will be “90 percent applicable to the United States as well as to other EngUsh-speaking countries,” said Harold Brooks-Baker, Debretts’ managing director. He said it will be released shortly in the United States. “We thought 10 years ago that etiquette was dead, but it is more alive now than at any time since the Second World War,” said Brooks-Baker. “People are obsessed with doing tilings correctly as never before. In ttie last few years, we’ve received thousands of calls and letters asking how to do tiiis or tiiat, how to dress for a ball or give a special party. “The middle class is four times larger than before the war,” he continued, “and the trend is now back toward style; people are wearing ties, and dinner jackets, which were almost gone, are coming back. • The pendulum is swinging back and it will swing a litüe farther and then come to rest for a while.” The editor of the book is an American, Elsie Burch Donald, a Tennessean who has lived in Britain for 13 years. She worked with seven writers —some of them titled — to produce the book, which was “vetted” by Sir Iain Moncreiffe, Debretts chairman and a well-known stickler for good manners and usage. “We believe it is the first comprehensive book of etiquette to be issued since the social revolution of the Sixties, which swept away much formality and stuffiness,” Mrs. Donald said. The new book >yas so well received that the subject of accommodating “those unmarried guests’ ’ rated a front-page headline in The Times of London. But that subject, amusing as it is, Brooks-Baker said, is just one tiny section of a book that attempts to cover — in modem context — the right way to say and do everything, from addressing royalty to eating peas off a fork. “The rules for people living together are amusing,” Brooks-Baker said, “but they are not really necessary. These things work tiiemselves out.” It has been tiie rise of Uie middle class tiiat required the rules to be spelled out, he said; the upper class has always offered two rooms to even married couples on weekend visits to be used as they wished. “It is the middle classes that are determined to make rules for everything,” the Debretts director said. “The real misunderstanding is between tiie attitudes of the upper and middle classes.” Brooks-Baker said he recentiy sat next to a well-known woman at a dinner party and she complained that her 23-year-old son had been living with a “very nice” Australian girl for three years and tiiat it was embarrassing to Uie family. “How many affairs did your father have and how many bastards?” Brooks-Baker said he asked. “How did you know?” he said the woman replied. “We live now in the least permissive society we’ve ever seen,” Brooks-Baker said. ’The young man in question is “living an'incredibly conventional life, witti one girl, and he has had very few sexual experiences. I have known him for years,” he said. A permissive society, he said, is one where there is widespread promiscuity — not simply a couple Uving togeüier without being married. Brooks-Baker said: “I did rule out putting in rules on receiving lesbians and homosexuals. It’s not necessary to put it in writing. People have been doing it since time immemorial.” “There is notiiing new about people having affairs or being homosexual or lesbian, but now it is all coming out of the closet into the public gaze,” he said. “There was some pressure to have more in the book about sex. The reason why there is not (more in tiie book) is not because we are taking sides but because the rules are still being made. Our position is to document, not to comment. ’ ’ “The upper classes do not pay much attention to it (formal rules of etiquette), they simply take it for granted,” he said. The new usage, as defined by Debretts, permits the announcement in the “quality” newspapers of what were once never even mentioned in polite society: births in one-parent families. It even includes full instructions for inserting a notice in The Times of London : “Smitii - on 6Ü1 October, 1981, at tiie Knight-sbridge Hospital, London, to Mary—a son.” Although “Etiquette and Modern Manners” is drawing comment because it has focused attention on modern human relationships, most of the book focuses on traditional things, engagements, weddings, births and christenings, table manners and conversation — and death, that Victorian preoccupation. “Mourning writing paper,” it advises, “is no longer used.” Statistics Canada shows Equality in wages by the year 2017 TORONTO (CP) -Women’s wages are playing a slow but steady game of catchup with men’s and at this rate should be equal by the year 2017, figures from Statistics Canada show. These statistics — based on 1979 wages, the most recent available — say the average full-time, year-round working woman in Canada earned 63.3 per cent of her male counterpart’s salary, up from 82 per cent in 1977. In Ontario in 1979, the average full-time working woman eamed 63.5 per cent of the average full-time working man’s salary, up from 60.9 per cent in 1977. “I think it’s encouraging, although we still have a long way to go,” said Alison Roberts, director of the Ontario labor ministry’s women’s bureau. “It shows there’s a general shifting of women into better-paying occupations as well as employers acknowledging the value of women’s salaries.” The gap between men’s and women’s wages is due largely to the clustering of women in three of the lowest-paying job categories — clerical, sales and service, “but between 10 and 25 per cent of that gap cannot be accounted for on any other basis than discrimination,” said Roberts. In Canada in 1979, the average working woman earned $11,741, compared to Uie average man’s salary of $18,537. These figures are up from 1977, when the average woman eamed $9,790 and the average man eamed $15,777. This means women’s salaries, while lower, are growing at a faster rate than men’s — 19.9 per cent in two years compared to 17.4. At this rate, women’s salaries will catch up witii men’s in the year 2017 when we could all be earning $336,000 annually if inflation stays the same. Lynne Gordon, chairman of Uie Ontario Status of Women Council, is unhappy the actual dollar gap between men’s and women’s wages is widening — up to $6,796 in 1979 from $5,987. “I’m not encouraged about any of the statistics that come out that show the real dollar gap widening,” Gordon said. “I don’t think we’re ever going to narrow the wage gap unless we beef up enforcement of tiie existing equal pay laws, and slowly start phasing in some variation of equal pay for work of equal value.” In nearly every province, women’s salaries are growing at a faster rate than men’s, although the actual dollar gap is wider- KATHLEEN GARINGER, daughter of Mr. end Mrs. Horry Thompson of Medicine Hat, recently received o dental nursing diploma from the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Regina. 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