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Not so long ago students and graduates who hadn't found a job would spend their summer holidays searching for their souls in some far-flung corner of the globe, but it seems in cut-back Britain that is a luxury many feel they can no longer afford.

...why are fewer students choosing to take French? And no offence to the likes of Charles De Gaulle, Asterix and the Michelin Man, but does it really matter?...The sudden decline in French-speaking could mark the end of a long-held attachment the British have felt to the language.

Hear the words “Foreign and Commonwealth Office” and you might think of fusty old English ambassadors sat behind oaken desks reading leather-bound books. It turns out they’re more likely to be tweeting a link to their latest Flickr photo set these days.

The generosity of the British public in helping Pakistan's flood victims is "shaming politicians around the world", the head of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has said. Brendan Gormley, chief executive of the DEC, said the UK public was leading the way in donations, but that further funds were urgently needed.

More than 10 Chinese films, including the former highest-grossing "The Founding of a Republic," will be screened at the Second China Image Film Festival, UK's only non-profit Chinese film festival and largest Chinese film festival in Europe, from Oct. 3 to 10.

August 13, 2010

The country that gave the world table tennis is aiming to be one of the sport's superpowers...In London, local table tennis promoters are making fresh attempts to bring this overlooked sport back into the mainstream.

August 10, 2010

The Great British Beer Festival is exactly what its name implies. It’s a festival, it’s great, there’s beer — enough of the stuff to soak an entire city — and it’s a proud celebration of brewing traditions that no one else upholds quite like the British...Except, it seems, the Americans.

The British government has recently launched an initiative to make its Ambassadors front-line persons in pushing British business abroad.