The new checklist will ensure an aspiring gent can achieve the classiness of a dull James Bond or bright Bertie Wooster
Do you want to be the ultimate gent?
It may include doing things you have never done before, learning news skills... and throwing away many of your clothes.
The new checklist will ensure an aspiring gent can achieve the classiness of a dull James Bond or bright Bertie Wooster.
It appears this graceful creature does not have to have a good sense of humour so it may be time to retire that "pull my finger" joke.
Paying for a woman while out on a date does also not seem to make the list.
Gent: David Beckham oozes class and is a football legend
This new gentleman's bible said its disciples will be good with waiters, carry guests' luggage and have two tricks for children - a chance to revive the "pull my finger" gag?
Kryptonite to the well-heeled man includes lilac socks, sandals, blow-drying, Puerto Rico, boasting about sex, Chihuahuas and vegetarianism.
Commanding: David Dimbleby keeps his talkative guests in line
Today's man's man negotiates airports with ease, has read Pride and Prejudice and knows when to use an emoji.
He can also undo a bra with one hand, cook a mean omelette and set a bonfire.
Dignity: David Miliband gracefully withdrew from politics after losing leadership contest
The list was compiled by Country Life.
Gentleman who rank highly in this magazine's eyes include Davids Dimbleby, Beckham, Attenborough and Miliband.
Other well known faces include Michael Palin, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Boris Johnson.
Editor Mark Hedge said: There is no higher accolade than to call a man a gentleman."
The rules are:
1 - Negotiates airports with ease
2 - Never lets a door slam in someone’s face
3 - Can train a dog and a rose
4 - Is aware that facial hair is temporary, but a tattoo is permanent
5 - Knows when not to say anything
6 - Wears his learning lightly
7 - Possesses at least one well-made dark suit, one tweed suit and a dinner jacket
8 - Avoids lilac socks and polishes his shoes
9 - Turns his mobile to silent at dinner
10 - Carries house guests’ luggage to their rooms
11 - Tips staff in a private house and a gamekeeper in the shooting field
12 - Says his name when being introduced
13 - Breaks a relationship face to face
14 - Is unafraid to speak the truth
15 - Knows when to clap
16 - Arrives at a meeting five minutes before the agreed time
17 - Is good with waiters
18 - Has two tricks to entertain children
19 - Can undo a bra with one hand
20 - Sings lustily in church
21 - Is not vegetarian
22 - Can sail a boat and ride a horse
23 - Knows the difference between Glenfiddich and Glenda Jackson
24 - Never kisses and tells
25 - Cooks an omelette to die for
26 - Can prepare a one match bonfire
27 - Seeks out his hostess at a party
28 - Knows when to use an emoji
29 - Would never own a Chihuahua
30 - Has read Pride and Prejudice
31 - Can tie his own bow tie
32 - Would not go to Puerto Rico
33 - Knows the difference between a rook and a crow
34 - Sandals? No. Never
35 - Wears a rose, not a carnation
36 - Swats flies and rescues spiders
37 - Demonstrates that making love is neither a race nor a competition
38 - Never blow dries his hair
39 - Knows that there is always an exception to a rule