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6th February 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Charles Garrett

British Ambassador to Macedonia

Five Thoughts on Diplomatic Tweeting in Macedonia

Like all British Ambassadors, I was encouraged (slight diplomatic euphemism) by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to get active on Twitter when I came to Skopje. TBH, as twitterati say, I had anyway been thinking of jumping in to the frenzied waters of social media.  So I readily bought the FCO’s argument that it was […]

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6th February 2017 London, UK

Adrian Wootton

Chief Executive, British Film Commission and Film London

Why the UK is first for film and TV production

I head up the British Film Commission – the organisation charged with bringing major productions to the UK and supporting them while they’re here – and we are quite simply one of the best places in the world to make film and TV. But don’t just take my word for it, the figures speak for […]

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3rd February 2017 London, UK

Dr Aga Gambus

Chromosomal replication laboratory, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham

Science knows no borders

On World Cancer day, Polish cancer researcher Dr Aga Gambus tells us about the importance of international collaboration in her research An Italian, a German, a Spanish, a British and a Polish scientist walk into a bar, and have a great time discussing science over a few beers! This is my usual “after work drink” […]

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3rd February 2017 London, UK

Dr Luca Magnani

Research fellow at the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

Cancer research: Together we can achieve so much more

On World Cancer Day, Italian cancer researcher Dr Luca Magnani tells us about how close European collaboration helped bring about a recent discovery. What does it mean being a cancer scientist in 2017? It means having access to incredible technologies. It means working side by side with some of the best scientists alive. It means […]

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3rd February 2017 St Petersburg, Russia

Keith Allan

by Keith Allan

Her Majesty’s Consul General to St Petersburg, Russia

Celebrating Scotland in St Petersburg and commemorating links during the Leningrad Siege

Late January is always an important time for Scotland’s cultural relationship with Russia and in particular St Petersburg. Not only do we celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, but we also welcome friends from the St Petersburg Forum who visit St Petersburg every year for Days of Scotland. Importantly, the Days of […]

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3rd February 2017 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Playing the game

One of the clearest memories from my youth is of standing on a cricket field in early evening. The sun was relatively low in the sky but still high enough above the trees so as not to cast a shadow. There was a light breeze and the sunlight was reflected off the ground, which appeared […]

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3rd February 2017 Singapore

Cheryl O'Shea

Regional Economic and Intellectual Property Projects Officer

Snips of UK Intellectual Property Office’s continued engagements in South East Asia through the Prosperity Fund

We have been seeing these letters, or symbols, almost everywhere as we go on with our daily lives but there is more to these four letters than being part of the alphabet. Taking on a new role as the IP and Economic Officer for South East Asia helped me understand the meaning of (C) Copyright, […]

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1st February 2017 London, UK

Steven Hardy

by Steven Hardy

Social Media Manager

Digital in a crisis: the Gambia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is always front and centre of the UK government’s response to an overseas crisis. They’re always high pressure events and lives are often on the line. Depending on the scale there’s a whole set of processes and teams that swing into action, all centred around our Crisis Management Department (CMD), […]

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1st February 2017 Holy See

Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission

Ecumenism in Music

Last week saw the visit of the choir of Westminster Abbey, for a joint concert with the Sistine Chapel Choir.  This was a wonderful concert, with the two choirs combining to fill the Basilica of St John Lateran with music from both the Catholic and Anglican traditions:  pieces by Giovanni Palestrina showcased the  Catholic style, […]

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31st January 2017 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

The Human Dimension

Human rights and fundamental freedoms are integral to the concept of comprehensive security embodied by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. This year this UK has taken on the role of chairing OSCE Human Dimension Committee. This is one of the main pillars of the organisation. How governments treat their people, and we […]

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