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Should you make your bed when staying at a hotel, like Margaret Thatcher?

Lord Pattern says the former prime minister always made her bed when travelling – but not many of us bother to tidy at all, according to hotel staff

She may not have been a friend to miners, but it seems Margaret Thatcher was quite the champion of chambermaids. Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, recently revealed that Thatcher was the only guest to ever make her bed during diplomatic visits to the former British colony. Patten said it showed Thatcher’s “extraordinary normality” that she always made her bed in the morning, despite having a staff of 50 on hand to do it for her.

But is this really such extraordinarily normal behaviour? The only time most of us have staff to clean up after us is when we are staying at a hotel. And how many people make their own beds or thoroughly tidy their rooms then?

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Send a tip on places to eat in Lisbon – and win a £200 hotel voucher

From neighbourhood churrascarias to great fish restaurants and markets, the Portuguese capital has plenty to offer foodies. Share your favourites

There’s a lot more to Portuguese cuisine than grilled sardines and custard tarts but, done well, that’s a great start. Lisbon has abundant cafes, food markets and some excellent restaurants. Let us know about your favourite experience of eating in the city, whether it’s an old classic or a new find.

Send us a tip via GuardianWitness, with as much detail as you can (including website, names of dishes and prices) in around 100 words.

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