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British sport in the US capital

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Yesterday I had the privilege of taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony for a brand new soccer field here in the heart of Washington, DC. When it’s finished, the field, at the Marie H. Reed Elementary School in the historic Adams Morgan district, will boast a state-of-the-art all-weather artificial turf pitch. Local children will benefit from a new after-school coaching program. This is all made possible thanks to the generosity … Read more »British sport in the US capital

Thirty Days Hath Movember

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What do Theodore Roosevelt, Salvador Dalí and Hulk Hogan have in common? That’s right. Like sub-nasal Samsons, they all derived their power from their impressively hirsute upper lips. And if over the next thirty days the men in your life seem to be emulating these titans of ‘tache, it can mean only one thing—Movember is once again upon us. In homes and workplaces up and down the country and all … Read more »Thirty Days Hath Movember

World Day Against the Death Penalty: A UK Perspective

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The UK and the US have been the closest friends and allies for over a century. The hallmark of a true friendship, however, is the ability to be candid with one another on points of disagreement. Today, the tenth World Day Against the Death Penalty, is an opportunity to reflect on an area where the UK doesn’t see eye to eye with the US.               … Read more »World Day Against the Death Penalty: A UK Perspective

Mini-Summit on Somalia recognizes significant progress

Back in February, Prime Minister David Cameron chaired the London Conference on Somalia, an effort to encourage the international community to act together in a cohesive and comprehensive manner to address the violence, political instability and economic hardship that has blighted Somalia for over 20 years. Seven months later, Prime Minister Cameron was congratulating President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and hailing the new President’s election as “an important step towards a … Read more »Mini-Summit on Somalia recognizes significant progress

Ramadan is a time to remember what unites us

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Last night, my family and I hosted our second British Embassy Iftar reception in as many years at our home here in Washington, DC.  As in previous years, it was an interfaith affair. Our co-hosts were the American Islamic Congress (AIC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), and I was once again impressed by the cultural diversity of my guests. During the holy month of Ramadan—which usually falls around July … Read more »Ramadan is a time to remember what unites us

Gender Equality on Olympic Field Should Inspire Empowerment Off

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For many reasons, women have dominated Olympic headlines since the Opening Ceremony. As I join the over 30 million watching the Olympics in America, I’ve been particularly struck by the enthusiasm generated by Gabby Douglas and the rest of the US women’s gymnastics team. London 2012 marks the first time that Team USA has sent more female than male athletes to the Olympics. Back in Britain, the public has been … Read more »Gender Equality on Olympic Field Should Inspire Empowerment Off

Baltimore Match Highlights GREAT Sporting & Business Ties

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English Premier League football is about the best in the world, but when Liverpool played Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in Baltimore, it wasn’t just sporting firepower on display: the match also highlighted the growing sporting and business links between the US and UK. I was fortunate enough to be among the 42,000 fans in attendance for the friendly match at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. It … Read more »Baltimore Match Highlights GREAT Sporting & Business Ties

An All-American Jubilee

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From the banks of the Thames to the San Francisco Bay, all eyes were on Britain this weekend for the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking the sixtieth year of Her reign. I had the privilege of taking part in a Big Lunch with the British School here in Washington. Jubilee spirit was out in full force, from the attendees in Queen Elizabeth masks to the lady … Read more »An All-American Jubilee

A GREAT Kickoff for a Summer of Sport

Britain may not have the Sweet Sixteen, the Final Four or the March Madness experienced by the Prime Minister and President Obama. But with the end of the English Premier League season coming right before the UEFA Champions League finals, you could say we save our madness for May. And what madness it turned out to be this year. With Manchester City needing a win to clinch the club’s first … Read more »A GREAT Kickoff for a Summer of Sport

Building a Safe and Prosperous Partnership with Asia

Recently, the Foreign Secretary and I both spoke with scholars of international affairs. His lecture was at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore (a city, incidentally, that I lived in as a child), halfway around the world from his office in London, while mine was at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies just down the road from the British Embassy. But I’d like to think the comparison … Read more »Building a Safe and Prosperous Partnership with Asia