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She noticed cliquey mums even at Harry's first playgroup when he was just a few months old - and found it a breeding ground for competitive behaviour.
Did this year's backslapping bonanza reveal an industry that seems safe, cliquey and bordering on the dull, dreary and depressing?
Pallavi Anand, a director at Robert Half, offered some tips on how to make office colleagues your good friends like inviting a colleague to lunch, joining project groups or committees, celebrating milestones, organizing a potluck, not being cliquey, widening one's circle and so on.
As the novel opens, our narrator, Georgia, prepares for the audition that will be her ticket out of public school, away from the boys who ridicule her small breasts and the cliquey girls who don't understand her passion for dance.
Swann said: "This is not a cliquey, bitchy environment where if people don't do well there's certain corners giggling and happy with it.
I'll be hosting it, but it won't be advertised, we'll put it on by word of mouth, but I don't want it to be cliquey where you see the same faces every week," he added.
It was a heartening cross-section of the usually cliquey Vilnius.
Haynes feels he gets a rough deal from the media, but this really is not so much to do about him personally - his work in welfare is extremely highly-regarded - more about a system which seems to have allowed a cliquey 'establishment' to have developed at the GBGB.
Gloria, a student who had been very positive in describing others, explained that she felt ridiculed by some of the cliquey, university students.
It would create a less cliquey atmosphere and more open-minded individuals.
But I had problems from the start and they only got worse because the dressing room was so cliquey and the fans turned against me.
In almost every case, the cliquey and exceptional nature of Hollywood has left the newcomers scratching their heads, wondering what happened.