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Science: Why it matters to everyone

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You could say that science runs in my family. Later this year, after several years of studying the effects of influenza, my older brother will earn his Doctorate in virology. My younger sister studies food science and will soon be a registered dietitian. However, the subject was never my calling. But as a member of the communications team at the British Embassy in Washington, my role is to promote UK … Read more »Science: Why it matters to everyone

A whole new world

The following is a guest post by Dean Churm, British Consul and Consular Regional Operations Manager for the eastern and southern United States. The British Vice-Consulate in Orlando first opened its doors in 1994 following the growth in charter holiday packages to the Disney area (or the House of the Mouse as it is sometimes known locally). Over the years, the number of staff employed on consular work grew in line with the … Read more »A whole new world


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For me, the transatlantic relationship is personal. 16 years ago on Sunday, my family and I (and our dog Matty) emigrated from Huntingdon, near Cambridge, to Chico, California. Of course, there are more extreme contrasts than the UK and California, but as a twelve year-old, everything was so different. When we moved in November 1997, a number of things took a while to adjust to. First, my new friends were … Read more »AmericanEnglish

Remember, remember! The fifth of November….

The following is a guest post from Carole Johnson, First Secretary Asia in the Foreign &  Security Policy Group at the British Embassy, Washington. Returning on the metro from a concert at the Kennedy Center, last Saturday night (and what a fantastic living memorial that arts centre is) I was met with carriages of cartoon characters and caricatures.  Spending my first Halloween in the US is something of an eye-opener!  … Read more »Remember, remember! The fifth of November….

Souper Man – My Day at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser

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The following is a guest post by Craig Harnden, Head Chef, British Embassy.  Earlier this week , I had the opportunity to represent the British Embassy at the Capital Area Food Bank’s 6th Annual ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser for hunger relief in the Washington area. Empty Bowls is a unique event that brings local restaurants, and in our case, an Embassy, together to donate and serve up a signature soup and … Read more »Souper Man – My Day at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser

American Football goes East, Football goes West

British Consul General Kevin McGurgan flies with the Jacksonville Jaguars to London.

In the 1980′s, Channel 4 brought American football into teenage British living rooms. Mike Ditka, John Elway and William “The Refrigerator” Perry became household names as schoolkids started to “Go Long”, call “Set, Hut!” and grapple with the new language of football. Many were convinced that the novelty wouldn’t last. Fast forward 25 years and American football in the UK has surpassed expectations. No longer solely watched by expat Americans … Read more »American Football goes East, Football goes West

Drawing a crowd: The British Embassy goes to Comic Con

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Have you ever been watching an award show or an interview and seen an actor or actress speak out of character and… hold on a moment… they’re British?  This most recently happened to me while watching the Emmy’s last year when I (unfortunately) hadn’t yet watched ‘Homeland’ and didn’t realise that Damian Lewis, who won Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as US Marine Sergeant Brody, hails from London.  What … Read more »Drawing a crowd: The British Embassy goes to Comic Con

Security on the seas

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I have less than one year before my next diplomatic posting (wherever that may be) but before I go, intend to write a monthly blog about the UK-Florida relationship. I’ll share some of the insights I’ve gained during my three and half years service here so far. Read more »Security on the seas

Coming to America

Today is my first day as Britain’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States. It’s a real privilege to be starting my new role. Partly that’s because it’s simply a terrific job. I’m in charge of making sure that the Embassy and the UK’s ten other posts in the US work together smoothly, which will be no mean feat as we have almost 800 staff in the country, representing 18 government … Read more »Coming to America

Dr King’s British Legacy

Today I will have the honour of representing the UK government on the fiftieth anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. I’ve represented my country at many big events in my 20-year diplomatic career, from G8 and UN Summits to the State of the Union address.  But to join President Obama, other Presidents, King family members and civil rights leaders … Read more »Dr King’s British Legacy