What is the best possible use of one of Istanbul’s most iconic buildings? How about this? We’re bringing together brilliant British brands and buyers on 5-7 December in the most beautiful rooms in Pera House, the historic British Consulate-General Building in the heart of Istanbul, for a “Winter Wonderland“. The aim of the Winter Wonderland is to showcase British excellence in lifestyle, jewellery and cosmetics by bringing together twenty five companies with … Winter Wonderland in Istanbul: Brilliant British Stuff
Here is my second video blog in Turkish. It’s about my favourite obsession (who can spot the film reference?): tiny, hidden Lundy Island, Atlantic Ocean. I would say – go and visit the island! But I’d rather it remained, as now, far off the beaten track… If you like the sound of Lundy you might also like my earlier blog on the natural beauties of the UK.
Serendipity, “The God Particle” and Turkish-British Collaboration in Science – a guest blog by Dr. Başak Candemir, Science and Innovation Officer, British Consulate-General Istanbul On 8 October, the Nobel Committee awarded the Physics Prize jointly to British scientist Peter Higgs and Belgian scientist Francois Englert. Professor Higgs gave his name to the the “Higgs Boson” or Higgs Particle, sometimes called “The God Particle” although Professor Higgs himself dislikes this term. … Isn’t Knowledge GREAT? Origins of Universe Bring Nobel Prize to UK
Is anything as quintessentially British as a “cup of tea”? I’m delighted that our GREAT Campaign has proudly partnered with British producer Tregothnan Tea, whose excellent website includes the fine slogan: “Tea is liquid wisdom”. British tea is justifiably famous. Apparently people in the UK consume 165 million cups a day. But Tregothnan tea is more British than most. This is because it is the only tea which is actually grown in the UK itself, rather … The most British tea in Britain
A blog co-authored with Nadia Hashmi, human rights lead at the British Embassy in Ankara Did you know that diamonds are the most tightly-regulated trade item in the world? The reason is to combat human rights violations which could potentially be involved in their acquisition. Human rights and trade can seem strange bedfellows. Sometimes people argue that the two are diametrically opposed. Their logic is that a government’s focus on security … Human rights and trade
Often in this blog I write about Turkey and its terrific qualities. But today I’m going to write about the United Kingdom. The reason is that I recently saw a survey suggesting that people in Turkey did not rate the UK highly for “natural beauty” compared with other European countries. This surprised me, because I think that the UK, like Turkey, is an incredibly beautiful country. We’re lucky enough to … British Natural Beauty
I started work in Turkey in September 2012 as Consul-General responsible for Trade and Investment with Turkey, South Caucasus and Central Asia. Since then I’ve been regularly impressed by this wonderful, welcoming country. Turks are famed for their hospitality. But they should be famous too for their hard work; business acumen; passion; cuisine; and unparalleled history and culture. Turkey is on an upward trajectory. Since I first came here in … Why Turkey can be confident
Here’s my first video blog in Turkish. It’s about why language matters; and what I’m doing in Turkey. Comments welcome!
Most of us should feel happy about getting older – as they say, it’s better than the alternative. But some of us can feel happier about it than others. To find out why, check out this fascinating Google web-site based on World Bank statistics. It shows life expectancy at birth, ie how long you can expect to live if you are born today. By way of illustration I’ve entered data … Why Turks can feel good about getting older
Why does Britain like Turkey? Most of all, it’s because we want to have Turkey as a democratic, stable and prosperous partner. The more democratic, stable and prosperous Turkey becomes, the better for Britain. That’s partly because countries which embrace free markets and foreign investment are good trading partners, and trade makes everyone better-off. It’s partly also because democracy, stability and prosperity tend to go together. To quote Winston Churchill, … Why Britain likes Turkey – and links to third markets