Jonathan Knott » Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Slavery: not a thing of the past

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Guest blog by Levente Nyitrai, Senior Foreign Policy, JHA and Human Rights Officer.   Today is International Human Rights Day, which is commemorated every year on 10 December since 1950. It is a good chance to reflect on the many human rights problems that remain across the globe. And also to consider what further action we can take to tackle them. The UK has been especially active this year in … Read more »Slavery: not a thing of the past

Là Naomh Aindrea!

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Guest blog by Douglas Arnott, Chairman of the Robert Burns International Foundation in Hungary.   Before you reach for a handy online dictionary, this is what Scots around the world celebrate each year on 30 November, St. Andrew’s Day! Named not surprisingly after the patron saint of Scotland, you may nevertheless be surprised to learn that St. Andrew has more than one country on his patronage bow, including several close to … Read more »Là Naomh Aindrea!

Turning Points – The twentieth century through 1914, 1939, 1989 and 2004. Contemporary art exhibition

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Guest blog by John Timberlake, exhibiting artist at the Turning Points exhibition opening on Friday, 14 November 2014 in the Hungarian National Gallery. Turning Points is a contemporary art project created together with British Council and other foreign cultural institutes operating in Hungary. Twenty-six artists from sixteen countries from Great Britain to Israel, from Spain to Japan present their analysis of history and the last century, awakening in us new, … Read more »Turning Points – The twentieth century through 1914, 1939, 1989 and 2004. Contemporary art exhibition

Remembrance Day 2014

888,246 hand-made ceramic poppies have been installed at the foot of the Tower in London - each representing a British and Commonwealth soldier who died during WW1

I’ve blogged before about Remembrance Day: the day when we in the UK remember those who have died defending our country and our values.  Every year at this time we honour and remember them and their sacrifice. But this year our commemoration has been particularly poignant since 2014 is the centenary of the start of the first World War.  In London this was marked with a remarkable display of ceramic … Read more »Remembrance Day 2014

“BUREUCRATIA” in Budapest – the Labyrinth of EU Regulation

The Labyrinth of BUREUCRATIA

Guest Blog by Katalin Szilágyi, Senior Economic Policy Officer at the British Embassy.   Budapest, 10 November 2014   One year has passed since the Prime Minister’s Business Taskforce presented its findings on Cutting EU Red Tape. Since then, the UK Government has been working hard, with partners in European capitals and in Brussels, to reduce the burden of inefficient or unnecessary EU regulation faced by European companies. The one … Read more »“BUREUCRATIA” in Budapest – the Labyrinth of EU Regulation

With love, Jane: a documentary about Jane Haining (Scottish Holocaust martyr)

Probably the last photo of Jane Haining from January 1944

Guest blog by Lídia Bánóczi, producer of IKON Stúdió Egyesület. The film, recently finished with the support of the British Embassy in Budapest, pays tribute to Jane Haining (1897 Dunscore, Scotland  – 1944 Auschwitz), the martyr matron of the Girls’ Home of the Scottish Mission in Budapest. The documentary was filmed in Budapest and Scotland, with the help of letters and photos recently found in bequest, various documents from archives, … Read more »With love, Jane: a documentary about Jane Haining (Scottish Holocaust martyr)

Canalettos and Brueghels, EU climate and energy policy and fantastic people  

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Guest blog by Kriszti Kocsis, Senior Policy Officer (Energy, Climate and Environment) at the British Embassy.    I spent two days in the beautiful Prague Castle on 22-23 October. As part of the GREAT Energy Summit in Prague, among Brueghel and Canaletto paintings in the lovely Lobkowitz Palace, energy industry leaders from the UK and Central Europe met to discuss current issues and explore business opportunities. You can see the lovely surroundings … Read more »Canalettos and Brueghels, EU climate and energy policy and fantastic people  

British Bobbies on the beat at Sziget Festival

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Guest blog by Police Sergeant Natalie RANAHAN and Police Constable Steve WARDLE, British Bobbies visiting the Sziget Festival, organised by the Hungarian Police and the British Embassy. As police officers, both of us have a number of years experience within the Operations Department and in particular Support Group. This involves a variety of duties including the policing of large scale festivals in England. In July of 2014, we were kindly invited by … Read more »British Bobbies on the beat at Sziget Festival

GB United – Ferencváros Back Office Team Friendly Football Match

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Guest blog by Gábor Imeli, Trade Adviser UK Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Budapest.   The signs were not good. On a dark and rainy Saturday the players of the Embassy’s amateur football team, GB United, were about to face the toughest opponents they’ve met so far, the back office team of Hungary’s record champion Ferencváros (FTC). Nevertheless, we were optimistic. You never know what will happen … Read more »GB United – Ferencváros Back Office Team Friendly Football Match

Going South

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Every 2 or 3 months I try to visit one of Hungary’s regions.  It’s important to get out of Budapest, get to know the whole country and make and keep good contacts in the other big cities.  This week I went South and visited Pécs with the head of the British Business Centre, Oliver Strommer. It’s a beautiful, almost Mediterranean style city.  And one where, I hope, there’s good potential … Read more »Going South