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22nd July 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

24 hours of democracy in action and its impact on Turks and Caicos Islands and other Overseas Territories

I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and  Caicos Islands on 20 and 21 July the Premiers, Chief Ministers and Ministers from no less than seven Overseas Territories: Anguilla,  Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.  This is also a big honour for TCI, and a […]

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22nd July 2016 London, UK

Alex Beatty & Tara Finn

First World War Centenary Commemorations Team

Australians on the Western Front

© IWM (Q 183)

Mention Australia or New Zealand and the First World War together and the first association is Gallipoli. It is right that we remember the sacrifices made at Gallipoli, but the story of both forces in the First World War did not end there. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) actually did the majority of its fighting […]

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22nd July 2016 London, UK

Tristan Gilchrist

Consular Team, Rio De Janerio

Gearing up for the Games

Tristan (far left) with the TeamGB Road Cycling Team

It’s beginning to feel very real. There are only two weeks to go until the start of Rio 2016. Brazil has been in the unusual (unprecedented?) position of hosting the top three sporting events in the world in the space of just two years. That also meant that just as the lights were going out in the […]

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22nd July 2016 London, UK

Joanna Roper

Director Foreign Office Consular Services

Forced Marriage Summer Campaign – #RightToChoose


Last week saw the launch of the Forced Marriage Unit’s annual summer campaign. The long summer holiday is a high risk time when families may use the opportunity to take young women and men abroad for a forced marriage. This year the Forced Marriage Unit has produced short audio pieces based on the film launched […]

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19th July 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Volunteerism beyond borders


My blogs are usually about links between the UK and Sri Lanka.  Today it’s the turn of some of the less sung heroes, those who work or volunteer in Sri Lanka’s charitable sector.  I’m focusing on two long-standing partners of the High Commission, CAL and MENCAFEP, who just two of the many good people are […]

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15th July 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Consul General and Director-General for Trade & Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus

#Adiosistanbul 8: big issues

The best thing about working in Istanbul isn’t the history, the architecture or the teeming energy of the city, magnificent though they may be. No.  For a diplomat, the best thing about working here is that Turkey really matters to the United Kingdom. A prosperous, successful Turkey can help boost British security and prosperity.  So […]

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14th July 2016 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Indian industry roundtable on National IP Policy

It is unusual for July and August to be packed with activity in the IP World in India.  Things typically quiet down after the flurry of activity around World IP Day, but the Indian IP circuit has been abuzz with roundtables, workshops and conferences on the recently released National IP Policy. The Department of Industrial […]

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13th July 2016 Beijing, China

Morag Brown

by Morag Brown

Senior Innovation Policy Officer for SIN China

Business-university collaboration: driving innovation in the UK and China


What are the best models for universities and industry to work together to drive innovation? And how can they work together successfully across borders? These were some of the questions addressed by the China-UK Symposium on Innovation Driven Development with Business-University Collaboration that I and other SIN colleagues attended in Beijing last week. The Symposium […]

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12th July 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

The books that bind


It was a career first for me on Sunday, when I found myself selecting knickers for Her Majesty The Queen. No lèse-majesté this, rather part of the celebrations of the 210th anniversary of the building of the Governor’s Palace at Mount Lavinia.  This included a literary festival, featuring British authors who have written about or been […]

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12th July 2016 Bangalore, India

Corin Wilson

First Secretary Advanced Engineering, UKTI India

From lamb biryani to Land Rovers

The UK and Make in India – ‘a recipe for success?’ As a young boy in London I grew up watching my father spending almost every Saturday cooking curry in our kitchen. I eagerly watched the clock tick down until dinner-time when I could finally see what my father had made. Little did I know […]

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