VietNamNet Bridge – On the sidelines of the recently concluded Graduate Fashion Week that featured 21 collections by students of the Ha Noi-based London College for Design & Fashion (LCDF), Le Huong spoke with UK-based educational consultant Douglas G.M MacLennan, who has worked with the college for many years. All in the cards: From the "Mysterious Tarot by Nguyen Cam Nhung, which uses a combination of pleating, beading, printing and embroidery onto corsets, capes and skirts. Can you give us a brief history of fashion training in the UK? Fashion was introduced into the UK higher Education system in 1932, initially directed by Fine Artists or “Embroidresses”. Until the early 1960’s, designers trained by the early UK Fashion educational system experienced initial resistance to being accepted by … [Read more...] about VN culture has a strong aesthetic: UK expert
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UK study-abroad alumni hold reunion (26-10-2006) HA NOI — More than 800 Vietnamese students, those who have studied in the UK and who will travel to the UK for study, gathered in Ha Noi last week at an annual get-together to share experiences and cultural activities. UK Alumni Viet Nam (UKAV), an association formed with hopes of being the sole choice for all Vietnamese UK alumni, hosted the function. The annual gathering creates a considerable networking environment with opportunities for alumni to make both professional and social contacts. Moreover, UKAV members joining this year's gathering have an opportunity to admire the newest collections of Ton Hieu Anh and Bui Minh Trang, two celebrated designers who have studied in the UK. There were also many interesting game shows as well as musical offerings. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to students of Da Nang, who were the most adversely affected by storm Xangsane. This year's gathering of UKAV is among the … [Read more...] about UK study-abroad alumni hold reunion
Former Barclays Bank Chief Executive Bob Diamond leaves after giving evidence to the British Treasury Select Committee in London on July 4 The UK Serious Fraud Office opened a criminal probe into the attempted rigging of interest rates that led to a record fine against Barclays Plc, adding to pressure on banks already under investigation by regulators around the globe. SFO Director David Green said he had decided to “accept the Libor matter for investigation” in an e-mailed statement on Friday. Barclays fell as much as 3.8 percent in London trading. Politicians including Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Opposition Labor leader Ed Miliband called for a criminal probe after Britain’s second-biggest bank was fined $451 million last week in the UK and US for submitting false Libor rates. Chief Executive Officer Robert Diamond and Chief Operating Officer Jerry Del Missier resigned over the scandal. “It’s very difficult for us to assess the … [Read more...] about Barclays Libor fine prompts UK criminal investigation
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out on Wednesday whether he can be extradited from Britain to Sweden, as the Supreme Court hands down its judgement at the end of a marathon legal battle. Britain's highest court is Assange's final avenue of appeal under UK law, having been detained in December 2010 on a European arrest warrant. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault. Since then, the 40-year-old Australian has been through round upon round of legal battles, culminating in what will be a short ruling at the Supreme Court in central London. The judgment, expected to take around 10 minutes, will be handed down at 9:15am (0815 GMT) Wednesday, streamed on the Sky News website and published online once delivered. Assange will have been living under restrictions on his movement for 540 days when the verdict is handed down. Assange's case rests on a single point -- that the Swedish prosecutor who issued a warrant for his arrest was … [Read more...] about Assange set for UK extradition verdict
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s temptation must have been to counterpunch after receiving Donald Trump’s advice to concentrate her mind on the Islamist threat to Britain rather than reacting to his retweeting of British far-right anti-Islam videos. “@theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” the U.S. president tweeted to his 40 million-plus followers. “We are doing just fine.” “Two of America’s worst mass shootings (Las Vegas concert/ Texas church) have happened on your watch,” she might have tweeted back. “Shouldn’t POTUS focus on gun laws?” She didn’t do that, of course. Her actual response was brusque. “It is wrong for the president to have done this,” she concluded – a comment within the bounds of diplomatic protocol. What one frank friend might say to another. The question which arises … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets destroy US-UK special relationship?