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The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States: A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students

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The British Driving Test - Getting Harder or Easier?

I'm just reading here about plans to shake up the British driving test, once again. I have nightmares about my own driving test experience way back in the dark ages (1979, to be exact). Bloody hell that was a difficult test and it seemed to go on forever.

It's different now, and possibly more difficult if statistics are anything to go by - apparently only 43% of people pass the driving test and 51% pass the theory test. The theory test (lasting a whopping 57 minutes) is in two parts - the multiple choice part, and the Hazard Perception part. The driving test is also split into two - the off-road and on-road modules. There's also a section called the "independent driving section" where you're expected to get to a destination following verbal instructions or traffic signs.

Featured BBC America "Mind The Gap" Post

How to British Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Although we don’t grow up with Thanksgiving, Brits in the U.S. are often charged with the task of “doing” Thanksgiving dinner anyway. It’s stressful enough for Americans, but, for Brits, it’s compounded by strange food and the inevitable American in the wings intent on explaining how Thanksgiving is “usually done.” (Cause for the first family argument, perhaps?) Canny Brits, however, have come up with a way to avoid this culinary minefield: Get your Brit on.

Yes, instead of trying to match the impossible standards of great aunt Fanny’s cornbread dressing or cousin Betty’s mashed potatoes, give the whole thing a British spin. Better still, insist on doing it all yourself; no need for guests to bring anything but themselves and perhaps a bottle of wine. (In my experience, you will still probably end up with an extra side dish and three desserts. Make sure you have Tupperware on hand to send some of it back home.)