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22nd April 2016 Vancouver, Canada

Rupert Potter

by Rupert Potter

British Consul General, Vancouver

What Shakespeare Taught Me (400 years later)

April 23rd is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Few of us would dispute that he was a great playwright, few except perhaps Grade 8 students all over the world being forced to study symbolism in Macbeth or how to write iambic pentameter. But why is it Shakespeare we still celebrate? Why him and not […]

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22nd December 2015 Calgary, Canada

Jennifer Winter

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Area at The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary

My Experience at the Week of Women UK

I was very excited and honoured to be nominated by the British Consulate-General in Calgary to represent Canada at the Week of Women in London.

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11th December 2015 Montreal, Canada

Nick Baker

by Nick Baker

Consul General, Montreal

Climate Change Gets Personal

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The climate change conference in Paris wrapped up today. Over the past two weeks there has been an array of commitments by governments around the World, including the UK’s, to tackle the climate change phenomenon and reduce the emissions that contribute to it. But what action are we all going to take as individuals?

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23rd November 2015 Vancouver, Canada

Rupert Potter

by Rupert Potter

British Consul General, Vancouver

Climate 2050 – Why Paris is the Next Beginning

You may remember the 1970s and ‘80s like they were yesterday. Or perhaps they seem like ancient history, an era long before you were born. It was a time of Punk and New Romantics, the Marlboro man and heavy glass ash trays, big hair and bad cars (or bad hair and big cars). Vehicles drank […]

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17th November 2015 Montreal, Canada

Nick Baker

by Nick Baker

Consul General, Montreal

Plan Nord: sustainable development in action

Inspiring, fascinating, stunning, challenging, desolate – just some of the adjectives that my trip to the far North of Quebec conjured up. The visit was my first to the region and was organised for the diplomatic corps by Quebec’s Ministry for International Relations, hosted by the foreign minister Christine St. Pierre. The destination for our […]

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14th October 2015 Vancouver, Canada

Rupert Potter

by Rupert Potter

British Consul General, Vancouver

Freud and the Fascination of LNG

“So what do you want to talk about?” My therapist looks at me over his half-moon glasses with a practiced benign smile, and strokes his greying beard.
Opposite him, on a couch large enough for my extended family, I tally the pros and cons of continuing. Why not? It’s my time after all. “LNG.”

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1st October 2015 Vancouver, Canada

Rupert Potter

by Rupert Potter

British Consul General, Vancouver

Where East & West Meet

It is impossible to calculate wisdom. You can count the number of people in a room, add up the amount of peer reviewed publications, or years spent living among different cultures, even an average IQ. If you were minded, you could use these metrics to get an idea of whether you were surrounded by knowledge.

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17th September 2015 Vancouver, Canada

Rupert Potter

by Rupert Potter

British Consul General, Vancouver

Battle of Britain: for me it is about courage

It’s been 75 years since The Battle of Britain. Given that my daughter thinks the 1990s were the ‘olden days’, this is quite some time. Yet still we remember it, and rightly so. Not only because it’s important to honour those who sacrificed themselves for us, but because of the enduring legacy the Battle has […]

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13th August 2015 Toronto, Canada

DementiaHack2015: Solving the challenges of living with dementia

Few people underestimate the scale of the challenge presented by dementia. The latest numbers are so large and terrifying that they start to lose meaning: 44 million people living with dementia worldwide, double this amount by 2030; a societal cost of £26 billion in England, treble this by 2030; 25 % of hospital beds in […]

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