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2nd December 2016 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

White revolution

There are about 123 million cattle in India, so the Kolkata based Telegraph newspaper informed me recently. The paper was citing India’s 2012 national cow census. That’s a lot of cattle, or roughly one for every ten Indians. The equivalent number in Britain is 1.9 million. This is the size of the total dairy herd […]

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21st October 2016 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Another football

One of the surprises of Kolkata for me has been to discover how keen Kolkatans are on sport, and how many sports are played in and around the city. I knew that Kolkata is the home of one of the world’s great cricket grounds – Eden Gardens. As I expected, there is huge interest in […]

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9th September 2016 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

From Belarus to … Bengal!

Last December, I flew in for the last time to Minsk, the city of my previous posting. As the aeroplane descended through the clouds, a pale whitish landscape emerged – there had been a light snow fall. Like many Britons, the sight of snow cheers me – I think it’s because we see it only […]

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19th June 2015 Ottawa, Canada

Howard Drake

by Howard Drake

British High Commissioner to Canada

Canada and Magna Carta

This is an edited transcript of an interview I did with Bianca Gendreau from the Canadian Museum of History on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta…

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11th June 2015 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Romanian stories in Britain (IV) Emi Gal: ‘Never give up’

It was a summer day in August and I was having burgers and fries at the only McDonald’s in Berceni, a peripheral neighborhood in Bucharest. Misha, who was sipping out of a Coke plastic cup, was soon to be the first employee of my budding new venture that had no clients, no money and no […]

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10th June 2015 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Romanian stories in Britain (III) Sergiu Tuhutiu: ‘Professionals are real ambassadors for Romania’

My adventure in United Kingdom started with a summer piano masterclass. I initially came to London for two weeks and it was enough for me to know that it’s truly the place to be. I was stolen by the cultural diversity and by the variety of professional opportunities. At that time, being more connected with […]

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4th June 2015 New Delhi, India

Swati Saxena

by Swati Saxena

Senior Science and Innovation Adviser

Tale of an enticing beehive – UK in Milan

The UK is one of 145 nations participating in the World Exposition 2015 which is taking place in Milan from 1 May till 31 October. The UK Pavilion takes the shape of a bee-hive and represents the crucial role played by pollination in providing the food that we eat. Visitors to the hive experience the […]

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21st May 2015 Toronto, Canada

by Fern Horine

Deputy British Consul General to Toronto and Director Trade for UKTI Canada

Did you see The Imitation Game?

If you didn’t, I’d thoroughly recommend it. It’s a dramatisation of Alan Turing and others’ work, capturing the herculean task that the code breakers of Bletchley Park undertook to help our war effort. Historians estimate that the code breakers shortened the war by two years and saved thousands of lives…

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5th May 2015

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Remembrance

It is rather poignant that the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day – 8 May 1945, the day that World War II in Europe officially ended – falls the day after the British General Election. It reminds us of the fundamental reason why Britain went to war in 1939, reluctantly but determinedly; to […]

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