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Published on June 24th, 2012 | by Philip Bates

Chivalry is Cool

Bow ties are back – and cooler than ever.

Yes, thanks to a well-loved BBC institution (Doctor Who, not Bargain Hunt) bow ties, alongside tweed, have had a resurgence of late, but Telegraph scribe, Tim Stanley, hopes that the fashion statement might herald a reversion to chivalry and ‘good taste.’ Both of which, I’m sure you’ll agree, Doctor Who has always enforced (the latter particularly throughout the 1980s, right?).

Stanley recalls filming an interview by the Thames when a bunch of young’uns wandered by:

“But instead of the normal shouts of ‘weirdo’ and ‘posh sod,’ a boy cried, ‘Where’s yer TARDIS?’ Thinking that they had walked into a filming of the new series of Doctor Who, I suddenly found myself surrounded by adoring fans. It was great for a while, until the questions about Daleks and Cybermen got too much.”

Of course, he could do with a good editor who knows that Daleks and Cybermen should be given respect (by which I mean, capitalization), but Stanley might just be right. He goes on to explain:

“Theoretically – if approached correctly – mass bow tie wearing could change our society for the better. You’re unlikely to vandalise anything, vomit in public or start a pub fight if wearing a bow tie.”

He’s clearly not met our editor, Christian Cawley (outside, now! – Ed).

Is chivalry dead? Or is wearing a bow tie an indication of charm, charisma and being able to ‘speak proper’? It’s over to you, dear readers…

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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.




One Response to Chivalry is Cool

  1. avatar stlshawn says:

    In most American courtrooms (or at least the ones i worked in around St. Louis, Missouri), bow ties are not allowed to be worn by defendants, or anyone directly involved in the proceedings. Apparently they give too strong an impression of someone who is honest and trustworthy.

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