Like many other EFL teachers, we spent much of our time overseas under the auspices of The British Council, a body created in 1934 and given a Royal Charter in 1940. The Council is Britain’s principal agency for cultural relations overseas. […]
When its emissaries arrive and are asked who they are working for, the questioner sometimes understands the answer as ‘The British Consul’. This misunderstanding has more than once worked our favour by opening doors, ushering us past long queues and cutting red tape.
Abbott and Jordan, English All Over the Place