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20th January 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Charles Garrett

British Ambassador to Macedonia

Записи во дневникот 26 август 2027 година

Во висините на Шар Планина воздухот има вкус како шампањ. По пет часови насладување, бевме уморни, но среќни од нашата прошетка. Драго ми е што сум повторно назад во Македонија. Последен пат пешачев на Шар Планина пред девет години. Тогаш, додека служев како британски амбасадор во Скопје прошетките како оваа денес ми беа прибежиште број […]

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20th January 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Charles Garrett

British Ambassador to Macedonia

Shënime nga ditari, 26 Gusht 2027

Në malet e larta të Sharit në Maqedoni, ajri ka shije të shampanjës. Pas pesë orëve duke e pirë, ecja jonë sot na raskapiti por na gazmoi. Është e mrekullueshme të rikthehem në Maqedoni. Ka nëntë vjet që nga çasti kur eca në Malin Sharr. Aso kohe, kur isha në postin e Ambasadorit Britanik në […]

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20th January 2017 Gaborone, Botswana

Katharine Ransome

by Katharine Ransome

British High Commissioner to Botswana and UK Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community


January is traditionally a time for looking ahead and setting out a vision for the year. For some of us, our goals may be simple – more time with family, lose weight, travel or study. For politicians however, sometimes the vision encompasses a major or historic change in international relations. UK Prime Minister Theresa May […]

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19th January 2017 London, UK

Alex Hammond

Digital Communication Officer, BE Vienna

How and why we hosted an Instagram event

A photographer is on his knees, stealthily taking pictures of Ambassador Leigh Turner from behind a Christmas tree. Another stands in the corner, facing the wall. Unnoticed by the other guests, she points her camera at the ceiling and triggers the shutter. Has the Ambassador’s residence in Vienna been infiltrated by foreign agents? Not quite. […]

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19th January 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

The wonders of Instagram

Which leading Austrian Instagramer features photographs of a figure in a yellow sou’wester? I was pleased to welcome to the Embassy recently a group of mostly young Austrians with leading accounts on the social media, like Instagram. In instagramese, this would read: Great to welcome @igersvienna to #BritishEmbassy #grambassador. One of the challenges of social […]

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18th January 2017 Science and Innovation Network

Hadas Levmore

Science and Innovation Officer, British Embassy, Israel

When Great Minds Think Alike – and Save Lives

A unique investment in medical research teams up British and Israeli scientists to look for cures to the world’s most challenging diseases One in 500 people in the UK suffer from Parkinson’s disease and 175,000 Brits suffer heart attacks each year. But these numbers may drop significantly in the pretty near future thanks to Britain’s […]

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18th January 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Charles Garrett

British Ambassador to Macedonia

Diary entry 26 August 2027

High up in Macedonia’s Shar Planina mountains the air tastes like champagne.  And after five hours of drinking it in, our walk today has left us tired but happy. It’s great to be back in Macedonia.  It is nine years since I walked in the Shar Planina.  Back then, when I was serving as British […]

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16th January 2017 London, UK

Dr Philip Goodwin

Chief Executive of VSO

Volunteering for development: the double benefit

In December last year I had the thrill to meet Hiwot and her six month old baby boy in Hosanna hospital in Ethiopia. Hiwot had complications in her pregnancy that were life threatening for her son and for her. Luckily, VSO volunteer health specialists had worked with Ethiopian medical staff to establish a specialist care […]

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16th January 2017 New Delhi, India

Aditi Sharma

by Aditi Sharma

Adviser for Newton Fund in India

A sociologist in a Chem lab!

I attended a workshop on nano- bio materials for water purification in the picturesque district of Kottayam in Kerala. It was a Newton Bhabha funded researcher link workshop led by British Council in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry. Researcher links workshop is one of the many programs run under the ‘people’ pillar of the […]

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