Tag: travel

16th August 2018

Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

The greatest show on earth

I was in my home town of Edinburgh last week.  August is a great time to be in Scotland’s capital city. The Edinburgh International Festival was born out of the destruction of the Second World War, its creators conceiving it as a “platform for the flowering of the human spirit”.   From modest beginnings in 1947, […]

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13th June 2013 Washington DC, USA

Maeve Atkins

by Maeve Atkins

Communications Officer

Ahead of the G8 Summit, Northern Ireland flourishes culturally

On Monday, the 39th G8 Summit will commence in Northern Ireland. I am looking forward to Northern Ireland being positively highlighted on the global stage for these two days and beyond for a multitude of reasons. I think that the world will be fascinated with not only how beautiful the country is (please let it not […]

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9th August 2012 Washington DC, USA

Rosalind Campion portrait

by Rosalind Campion

Counsellor for Global Issues

Life’s a breeze at the Olympics and in Florida

As a Londoner, I have to admit that sometimes Londoners can be cynical. As we left for the US last November, we left our friends muttering about anticipated congestion and transport angst and plans to let out their houses to Olympic-crazed tourists and spend the month in Florida. However, from the moment the fabulous opening […]

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23rd April 2012

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by Martin Harris

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

Easter with Stefan cel Mare

I returned last week from Bucovina, in the far north of Romania, where I spent Orthodox Easter with my family, my godson and his brother and parents, who were visiting from the UK. There can be few better places in the world to spend Easter than among the fabled painted monasteries of Bucovina. Here five […]

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29th February 2012 Athens, Greece

by Artemis Papakostouli

Public Diplomacy Officer

GREAT events in Greece

One of the areas I’m working on in the Embassy is the GREAT campaign which is designed to promote the UK abroad. Under the new brand the Embassy is able to join forces with the British Council and other local partners and showcase what UK has to offer. The campaign message is simple and our […]

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30th November 2011 Ottawa, Canada

A Maritime blitz

There’s a guest video on the blog today – Jonathan Dart, our Consul-General in Toronto and the head of the UK Trade and Industry network in Canada. We’ve being doing a bit of a blitz in the Maritime Provinces. Jonathan’s been at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, talking tidal energy and marine research; and then […]

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2nd September 2011 Bucharest, Romania

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by Raluca Bragarea

Head of Communications, Bucharest

Commercial Diplomacy at the heart of our work

I was in London last week for a packed one-day training to understand how the Foreign Office supports the overall work of the British Government to take forward the growth and prosperity agenda. Commercial diplomacy is a newly coined concept yet diplomats have always been looking out for business potential in their host countries, whether […]

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25th August 2011 Windhoek, Namibia

Marianne Young

by Marianne Young

High Commissioner, Windhoek

Taking care in Namibia

One of the more marvellous traits of human kind is how communities pull together to support each other during times of crisis. We have seen wonderful examples of this in the aftermath of the recent vandalism and arson attacks in London and elsewhere in the UK. Whole communities have mobilised themselves using the same social […]

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12th July 2011 Ottawa, Canada

Dispatch from Pond Inlet

This is part two in a series of blogs by High Commissioner Andrew Pocock on his recent trip to Canada’s Arctic region. Pond Inlet (Lat: 72’42” N; Long: 77’ 59” W) To Pond Inlet on 18 June (Waterloo Day!), pushing ever further north. The local name is Mittimatalik, and we stood on its shore, looking […]

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