England’s U-Turn on Education

Margaret Thatcher famously declared, “You turn if you want to, the lady’s not for turning”. Little did she know that these same few words would haunt her successors thirty odd years later. After so many reversals of government policies, such as fuel taxes (also known in Britain as U-Turns). The recent major U-Turn has got…

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PM Cameron proposes British repositioning in EU

David Cameron hasn’t enjoyed much of his term in office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. After all, as Prime Minister he’s been raked over the coals (though not as badly as his deputy Nick Clegg) by British students incensed by increased school fees; U-turned on all sorts of taxes; and had to sack…

British Dramas OTHER than Downton Abbey or Doctor Who

Downton Abbey has just reached US shores with its┬áthird and latest series and Doctor Who still remains one of the most popular British dramas to this day. Both series have thrown the stereotypes of boring British drama out spectacularly, but not everyone may appreciate the grandeur of the Crawley lifestyle, while others would affect Maggie…

Bringing Shakespeare To Life: The Hollow Crown (2012)

For literature students, Shakespeare is a nightmare. It is always difficult for students to understand Elizabethan English, much less feel the full dramatic power of the plays themselves. To Singaporean GCE ‘A’ Level students who took the GP exam in 2012, the unfamiliarity of archaic terminology became an unfortunate disadvantage when they misconstrued the word…

Les Miserables: on film at last!

The Christmas opening of the film “Les Miserables” was a dream come true for the millions of Les Miz fans around the world. After all, this globally popular French musical practically begs for a Hollywood rendition with it’s spectacular visuals and a soundtrack that needs to be reproduced over crystal-clear digital speakers. Critics are generally…

England undergoes radical education reform

Every Singaporean knows that the GCE O and A Level Examinations are one of the greatest challenges (and bugbears) that students are facing year after year. But students in England — the spawning-ground of such examinations — have just received news that the GCSE exams and syllabus have been replaced by the English Baccaleurate (EBacc).…