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18th October 2019 Belgrade, Serbia

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

First Impressions

Sian and Richard at Konak knjeginje Ljubice

It’s a beautiful October day as I write.   As I sit in my Belgrade garden I see clouds of newly hatched late ladybirds, the first yellow leaves shaken by a mild breeze, warm weak sunshine and distant haze. Around me the hum of urban life is punctuated by hammering and bursts of drilling from nearby […]

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19th October 2018 Beirut, Lebanon

Chris Rampling MBE

by Chris Rampling MBE

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Lebanon at first sight…my first month as British Ambassador

Chris Rampling on the Beirut Corniche

As Fayruz says….. bhebak ya lebnan. “Ahla wa sahla saadet el safir” said my welcoming team at the airport – “shoukran, please call me Chris, and do speak to me in Arabic” I said back. That was only 5 weeks ago – it seems much further back. Lebanon has a reputation for outstanding hospitality, stunning […]

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16th October 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Equality, Dignity, Respect: Trading Places

This year’s Blog Action Day (#BAD2014 #Blogaction14), on 16 October, is on inequality. To encourage debate about the rights of migrant workers, I spent the day with Kalkidan Nigusie, from Ethiopia. In the morning, we visited the Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk (who has written his response here), gave a press conference, and chaired a meeting […]

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18th March 2014 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Crimea: a sham referendum

President Putin has now signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state. The United Kingdom, in common with Poland, the rest of the European Union and the majority of the international community, does not recognise the 16th March Crimea referendum or its outcome as legal or legitimate. Both the British and Polish governments have […]

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9th October 2013 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Lebanon: Optimists, Pessimists and Realists

A former British Ambassador here was asked at the end of a radio interview what he would like for Christmas. Thinking it typical Lebanese generosity but not wanting to be too greedy, he gave a modest reply. Listening to the broadcast later, he was shocked to hear several envoys asked the same question. The US […]

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8th March 2013 Warsaw, Poland

Martin Oxley

by Martin Oxley

Director of UKTI Warsaw

Inward Investment is GREAT – are you a Polish company looking into the UK?

Hit the road today – destination Krakow, a specialist seminar focused on inward investment into the UK. 30 great companies, some already in the UK, a number looking for strong growth, some interested to learn more about the exciting opportunities on offer. I have to congratulate our programme partners the BPCC and Deloitte on a […]

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8th March 2013 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Happy International Women’s Day!

I am delighted to introduce today’s guest blog by an old friend, Dorota Mitrus*, who made an important contribution to helping promote effective democratic participation in Poland post-1989 and is now engaged in promoting democracy and effective governance in many other countries. Her blog speaks for itself. What I would like to stress is that […]

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11th February 2013 Warsaw, Poland

Martin Oxley

by Martin Oxley

Director of UKTI Warsaw

Power is GREAT – a week long UK Roadshow focused on promoting Emerging Europe’s GREAT Power opportunity

With this in mind UKTI organised a week long UK roadshow 4-8 February focused on promoting the opportunity and holding in depth meetings with UK companies interested in expanding their business in the region. The week kicked off on Sunday evening with an inaugural dinner of the Emerging Europe Energy Council hosted by UKTI Business […]

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29th November 2012 New York, USA

Charles Arrowsmith

by Charles Arrowsmith

Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Consul-General

New York State of Mo

Moustaches have been a staple of British male identity for centuries. They can be comic (Basil Fawlty, Borat), serious (any of Daniel Day-Lewis’s efforts), musical (Freddie Mercury leaps enthusiastically to mind), even political (one thinks of Harold Macmillan’s full-bodied triumph). Handlebar, pencil, horseshoe, toothbrush… such variety of facial topiary means there’s something for everyone. Approval […]

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