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“We are all citizens” – Promoting civil society in Greece

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I found myself on Crete two weeks ago. It’s always a pleasure to be on the Great Island. Cretan hospitality, the landscape, the beaches, the cuisine, the archaeology, the local grappa, the great cities…what’s not to like? I had spent an unforgettable week there on leave in July – not far from Kissamos, in the NW corner of the island. This time, I was on business in the capital, Heraklion, … Read more »“We are all citizens” – Promoting civil society in Greece

Tragedy and the tragic

Ten days ago, I attended the last performance at this year’s Festival of Epidauros, Nikaiti Kondouri’s production of Aeschylus’ Persians. There were more than 6,000 people on the beautiful marble seating of the ancient theatre. The atmosphere beforehand was lively, expectant, talkative. But once the drama began, this huge audience fell mute and minutely attentive. Why do so many people love these ancient dramas, whether tragedies or comedies? It may, … Read more »Tragedy and the tragic

Wales: A country of castles, dragons, natural beauty…and a summit

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In early September, the UK will host the next NATO Summit at Newport. The Summit will be an important event in itself, but it’s also an opportunity for us to promote one of the less known countries of the United Kingdom: Wales! Most of the Anglophone Greeks I know are in love with London. More adventurous Greeks may travel north to York, the centre of my home county Yorkshire, and … Read more »Wales: A country of castles, dragons, natural beauty…and a summit

Business opportunities as a way of putting Greece back on the exporting map

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Guest blogger: Klio Panourgia, Assistant Trade Advisor, UKTI, British Embassy Athens One of the tasks undertaken almost on a daily basis by UKTI teams at posts is the identification and publication of Business Opportunities; these are opportunities that can lead directly to export business for UK companies and can range from general procurement notices to tenders for large scale projects in sectors such as energy, transport, education, defence, ICT and others. … Read more »Business opportunities as a way of putting Greece back on the exporting map

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

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During the course of this week (10-13 June), the British Government will host in London a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is our biggest and most important international event for some time, and is the culmination of two years of hard work with international partners. We want Governments, civil society and ordinary citizens across the globe to sit up, tune in and take note. Ministerial meetings … Read more »Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Looking forwards to commercial revival

One of the parts of my job that I most love is the work we do to support British business here in Greece. Because of the deep and long recession, the market here is tough and British imports have fallen hugely. Last year, however, they rose again – by 8%: the first time in many years. British investors are also still interested in Greece, and have been investing in bank … Read more »Looking forwards to commercial revival

Another corner of a foreign field: Newbould and Manoliasa

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Rupert Brooke’s grave on the Aegean island of Skyros is well known to many. I once walked there – it is a beautiful spot. Cared for by the Commonwealth Graves Commission, his gravestone is engraved with his famous poem ‘The Soldier': If I should die, think only this of me; That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. … Next year, on 23 April 1915, … Read more »Another corner of a foreign field: Newbould and Manoliasa

Remembrance and Affirmation

On 27 January each year, the United Nations remembers the Holocaust that took the lives of six million Jewish people during World War II. This day is called the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. On this day in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. Like many, I will be today attending the annual commemoration in Athens … Read more »Remembrance and Affirmation

We’re all stories, in the end

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How can defence possibly be interesting?  For me it can be if it’s about people – the people behind events, their roles and lives.  How they think.  What they think and what inspires them.  What they do and how they work with others.  I’ve never been a great fan of Doctor Who.  But I like what the Doctor says about there being a story behind everyone: “We’re all stories, in … Read more »We’re all stories, in the end

2014 – A year of opportunity?

On the banks of the magnificent Rhine, in my room on the sixth floor of the Hyatt Hotel, I’m watching the comings and goings of the container boats that ply their trade between the industrialised cities of the Rhineland. From above it’s as if they’re gliding effortlessly, bearing their cargo without sound, without propulsion. The majestic river, here affected by its confluence with its tributary, the Main, changes its plumage … Read more »2014 – A year of opportunity?