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1st July 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

Exploring southern Belarus

I’d like to talk today about my visit to Belovezhskaya Puscha and Brest Fortress a couple of weeks ago. I went down on Friday by car arriving at the park in the early evening to be greeted by two women in traditional dress with salted bread and flowers, which is really nice. And then on […]

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30th June 2016 Canberra, Australia

Tony Brennan

by Tony Brennan

Deputy High Commissioner


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One of the best days of my life culminated in the POSK Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, West London. Let me explain. I went to school directly opposite the POSK centre. I often walked past it, looking at the windows full of posters of beautiful places, described in a language I could not begin to […]

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29th June 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark

Mai Valentin Nielsen

by Mai Valentin Nielsen

Deputy Head of Science & Innovation - Nordics

SIN and the Social Sciences

Traditional Knowledge workshop 
at Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø 2015

When we talk about tackling global challenges or delivering economic benefits to society, the focus is often on technological developments in the natural sciences. And rightly so – we need breakthroughs in clean tech to mitigate climate change and we need new developments in medicine to tackle antimicrobial resistance or dementia, just to name a […]

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28th June 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Rock and Shakespeare a real treat!

Rock music and Shakespeare may not seem immediately to have much in common.  You might see both as a form of art, but that might be as far as the similarity goes.  Well, here in Guatemala, we have been celebrating all three for being British.  In the last few weeks we have been treated to […]

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28th June 2016 Holy See

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See

Completing the mission

HMA Holy See Nigel Baker bids farewell to thePope at the end of his ambassadorial mandate

On 23 June I was given the honour, along with my family, of a farewell audience with Pope Francis. It was not the moment to discuss political or global developments, but to make reference to the depth and importance of the modern relationship between Britain and the Holy See. Characteristically, His Holiness chose to encapsulate […]

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28th June 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Connecting the Carpathians

I spent a day last week with a team from the UK-headquartered non-governmental organisation Fauna & Flora International and their Romanian partner Asociatia Zarand, in the Zarand region of south-western Transylvania. I was there to learn more about an EU-supported initiative, LIFE Connect Carpathians, focused on protecting the large carnivores which are such a remarkable […]

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28th June 2016 Delhi, India

Tamil Selvan Chandru

by Tamil Selvan Chandru

Science and Innovation Adviser

Biotech going ‘big’ in Bengaluru

I recently took over as the innovation lead in Science and Innovation Network India (SIN) team, which with India’s focus on translating research, is an important area of joint collaboration between the UK and India. To find out more about this collaboration I headed to Bengaluru, biotechnology hub of India for a networking event of […]

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28th June 2016 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Days of the Ambassadors: Postcards from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is not just a beautiful, historic city. Set in a magical landscape, it is also an enchanting one, full of life and promise, but with a past as painful as any European city in living history. To me, as to so many diplomats – indeed millions of people around the world – the names […]

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27th June 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

From Rain to Roast

Civil service convention dictates that I should avoid expressing a public view on important domestic matters, so I’ll leave all talk of last week’s referendum to others. I’m free to discuss the weather though and after endless weeks of rain, this week’s dramatic rise in temperature caught many of us by surprise. As someone who […]

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