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17th September 2012 Ottawa, Canada

Battle of Britain Day

I attended the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Ottawa’s Aviation Museum on 16 September, under flawless blue skies – a bit like during the Battle itself – and in the presence of the Chief of Air Staff, veterans, cadets and members on parade of the Royal Canadian Air Force. I said the […]

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29th March 2012 Ottawa, Canada

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by Corin Robertson

Deputy High Commissioner to Canada

“Some chicken! Some neck!”

On Monday evening the High Commissioner and I attended a reception at the Canadian House of Commons to celebrate the opening of a Library exhibit commemorating 70 years since Churchill’s world-renowned “Some chicken! Some neck!” speech. Few Canadians, I know, will be confused by that reference. But for the uninitiated, this was from Winston Churchill’s […]

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11th January 2012 Ottawa, Canada

The War of 1812

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Canadians have begun to reflect on its role in shaping what Canada is today.  But this is also a chance for Britain to consider its own contribution to the conflict, and how its relationship with Canada has evolved over the past two centuries. The […]

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10th November 2011 Ottawa, Canada

Lest we forget

11 November is Remembrance Day. Along with many of my diplomatic colleagues, I’ll be laying a wreath at the War Memorial in Ottawa, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front in 1918. This will be particularly poignant for me, as […]

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22nd August 2011 Nairobi, Kenya

by Matt Baugh

Ambassador to Somalia

Somalia: Guest Blog by James Hooley – Letter from Mogadishu

My name is James Hooley and I’m currently part of the British Office for Somalia team in Nairobi.  My boss, Matt Baugh, has very kindly lent me his blog so I can tell you a little bit more about our trip to Mogadishu on Wednesday with Andrew Mitchell, the UK Secretary of State for International […]

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5th August 2011

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by Greg Dorey


A Magnificent Museum

This morning I was at the Budapest Holocaust Museum to meet the new Director and then attend a ceremony and exhibition. The Museum covers a grim topic but is one of the “must-see” venues in our city – a British Parliamentarian (of Jewish origin) visiting last year called it “magnificent”. Not only is it an […]

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8th December 2010

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by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

A moment in history

A man and a woman, each bedecked with medals, stand at a window framed by blossoms.  The title reads “My Parents, 1988”.  Beneath is a another photo entitled “The Same Window”.  It shows the woman, now elderly, with a young man, perhaps her son or grandson.  The father is no longer there. I’m a big […]

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