LANGUAGE: The UK’s Brexit vote is bad news for English-language schools in Britain — which are already struggling as a result of government cutbacks. Owners and teachers fear that Britain’s exit from the EU will lead to fewer European students paying to attend classes.
REFERENDUM: Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The decision has left a divided country: Scotland, Northern Ireland and London voted in favour of remaining, while the Welsh and most of the rest of England supported leaving.
EU REFERENDUM: On 23 June, the United Kingdom will vote on
whether the country should stay in the EU or leave. We talked to Paul
Heardman, British consul-general for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, about
CELEBRATION: These days, more and more people are living into their 90s and beyond — but most of them retireddecades ago. Not Elizabeth Windsor, however. Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 90 on 21 April, is still working.
INVESTMENT: Traditionally associated with the Highlands and islands, whisky is the third-biggest industry in Scotland, with export sales responsible for most of the revenues for the drink. Now the industry is seeing increased investment in micro-distilleries, which appeal to young, urban consumers.
ANIMAL HEALTH: Is it ethical to invest huge sums of money in expensive medical treatments for pets? Their owners would say it is — and so would the veterinary surgeons involved in one of the world’s most highly developed animal treatment centres, the non-profit Animal Health Trust.
PUBLISHING: Unless you can speak multiple languages, you probably depend on translations when you read foreign novels, especially those by Asian or Arabic authors. Yet the work of literary translators is often underpaid — and frequently unappreciated.
ROYAL ECONOMY: Today (9 September 2015), Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-serving monarch. Not only is this a day for the record books, it has also prompted discussion on what the royal family contributes to the British economy.
SILVER ECONOMY: The good news is that we’re living longer lives. The bad news is that together with an older population comes an increase in failing memory and dementia. Now a number of businesses are offering services specifically designed for the elderly.