Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner

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

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4th February 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Conspiracy theories: “Of, ya!”

It may be time for me to shut up about conspiracy theories. I’ve written often on this subject, including: James Bond, conspiracies and the Welsh Secret Service (how, on conspiracy theory logic, the lack of any evidence for the WSS existing must make it utterly all-powerful) The perils of conspiracy theories (with bonus video of […]

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19th January 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

77 million reasons to like Turkish

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Let’s be frank: my Turkish isn’t much good.  I’ve been learning regularly for over three years; I wish I spoke it better. Thanks to my excellent teachers, however, I’ve made some progress:  you can compare, for example, my first video blog in Turkish in August 2013;  my video about Lundy Island, in November 2013; and […]

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8th January 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Press Freedom in Turkey

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I was proud to be one of a number of Consuls General, who visited the offices of Cumhuriyet on 6 January.  We made the following statement, and handed over a signed text: “As representatives of EU consulates based in Istanbul, we wish for Turkish journalists across the whole political spectrum to be able to exercise […]

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24th December 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

My Festive 50 favourite songs: From “Suzanne” to “Bra Timing”

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to get personal again. Let’s talk about… music. My 2014 blog, “Festive 50: From “Every Little Bit Hurts” to “Stay with Me” told how a friend said “you like music – why don’t you tweet about that?” So I did* (*a quote from one of my favourite […]

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15th December 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

#MastersofSocialMedia

The voice is clear and strong with a hint of pain. “Love,” she sings, “is a losing game”. I’m not at a concert or watching a movie.  I’m at Sentez College, a school in the Turkish city of Sakarya, to present certificates to students who have passed their Trinity College London and Cambridge English exams. […]

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26th November 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

St Andrew’s Day: how Scottish was my great-grandmother?

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30 November is St Andrew’s Day, named after the Patron Saint of Scotland. St Andrew offers continuity across cultures: he was crucified at Patras, in modern-day Greece, and his body was taken to Constantinople – present-day Istanbul – before being transferred to Amalfi in Italy in the 13th Century.  He is Patron Saint of Ukraine as well […]

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17th November 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Business in Turkey: good news

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Three Turkish mobile phone companies bid for frequencies to roll out a new high-tech service known in Turkey as 4.5G.  Billions of euro change hands, and the companies walk away with a variety of packages and bandwidth allocations.  Who wins? I wrote a blog last February called “Business in Turkey: The rules of the Game”.  […]

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12th November 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Creating an environment for foreign investment: what “independent” means

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I recently met a group of top Turkish business folk from the financial sector.  They were an impressive group and a powerful advertisement for the talent Turkey has to offer. We discussed how best to boost Turkey’s role as a financial centre. Turkey needs more inward investment.  It must compete for that investment with other […]

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10th November 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Bond is GREAT – why we care

A great-looking man steps out of a hotel window in Mexico City.  A couple of hours later, he drives a classic Aston Martin DB5 away through the centre of London.  In between come spectacular fight-scenes, exotic locations, explosions and chases, including one where the hero drives an Aston Martin DB10 through Rome. Sounds like a […]

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5th November 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

A Match Made In Heaven? Turkish Airlines and VisitBritain

Take a top global airline. Add a top national tourist board. Result: an innovative global marketing partnership to attract more international visitors to Britain. On 20 October, VisitBritain and Turkish Airlines announced a new partnership. The partnership will focus at the UK end on Turkish Airline’s five regional gateways – including Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh […]

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About Leigh Turner

I hope you find this blog – about Turkey and the UK and things
that link us together – interesting and, where appropriate,
entertaining.  You can also follow me on twitter – @leighturnerFCO.
About me: I arrived in Istanbul in August 2012 for five weeks of
full-time Turkish immersion before taking up my responsibilities as HM
Consul-General and Director-General for Trade and Investment for Turkey,
Central Asia and South Caucasus the following month.
Further back: I grew up in Nigeria, Exeter, Lesotho, Swaziland and
Manchester before attending Cambridge University 1976-79. I worked in
several government departments before joining the Foreign Office in
1983.
Keen to go to Africa and South America, I’ve had postings in Vienna,
Moscow, Bonn, Berlin, Kyiv and now Istanbul, plus jobs in London ranging
from the EU Budget to the British Overseas Territories.
2002-6 I was lucky enough to spend four years in Berlin running the
house, looking after the children (born 1992 and 1994) and doing some writing and journalism while my wife worked at the embassy.
To get to know the great city of Istanbul and the rest of the
fascinating and dynamic country that is Turkey is a privilege and a
pleasure. I hope this blog reflects that.

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