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29th May 2015

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

#REASONSTOLIKEISTANBUL PART 2

I was delighted to spend a couple of hours recently with top Turkish journalist and photographer Ercan Arslan. Ercan had come across my Twitter  account @leighturnerFCO and the series #reasonstolikeIstanbul, now at #373.  He asked if we could visit a few of the places I’d tweeted about. The result was a piece published in the […]

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20th March 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Love is a human right

Valuing diversity, which includes diversity of sexual preference, brings enormous benefits. Clearly people who are able to bring the whole of themselves to work or to social life, including their sexual identity, are likely to be able to be more productive and constructive. However, research from the UK and elsewhere suggests that it is still […]

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6th March 2015

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

James Bond, conspiracy theories and the Welsh Secret Service

Amongst the snippets of “what will happen in 2015?” news earlier this year I saw one piece of news sure to please many people. A new James Bond 007 Film, “Spectre”, will launch in November. People are fascinated by secret services.  Some are more secret than others.  My blog of December 2010, “I can burn […]

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31st January 2015

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Turkey 2023: why the UK welcomes Turkish success

Let’s imagine a Turkey almost 10 years from now, in 2023. The years since 2015 have been tough for the Turkish economy, as for all countries. But the people of Turkey have risen magnificently to the challenge. By 2023, buoyed by high rates of economic growth for each of the last eight years, nominal GDP has more […]

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6th March 2014 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Juggling the Legal Challenges, Securing TCI’s International Reputation

I was delighted to announce recently the appointment of Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles as TCI’s new Attorney General. I have worked closely with her ever since arriving here, and I am in no doubt Rhondalee will make a splendid AG. She was appointed because we considered her the best person for the job, and she was the […]

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28th February 2014

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Brilliant Turkish women

Are women better at business than men?   I found myself asking this question after visiting KAGIDER,  the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, here in Istanbul.   KAGIDER is a fine organisation.  A group of top women business types set it up in 2002.  Its goals include developing entrepreneurship among women; strengthening women’s status economically […]

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27th February 2014 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders

Over 100 children in their last two years at school had a Friday of a different sort in the Turks and Caicos Islands recently. Instead of the normal classroom routines they were invited to a 5 Star Resort on TCI’s Grace Bay for lunch, and an opportunity to hear Sanya Richards-Ross, one of the world’s […]

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27th February 2014 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Turkey, hello again!

Let me introduce myself. I am Richard Moore and I am the new British Ambassador to Turkey. Let me explain why it is my dream job! I feel fantastically pleased and honoured to be here. Turkey has a very special place in my heart. I arrived here the first time in 1990 as a young […]

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20th February 2014 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands – a world away from Mumbai: a small population with a big Christian following.

I wrote blogs from Mumbai for over three years, and after four  months in the Turks and Caicos Islands it is time to start here. I have a number of aims. First, and most importantly, I hope that they may be of interest to residents in these beautiful islands, as a modest illustration of the […]

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4th November 2013

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Isn’t Knowledge GREAT? Origins of Universe Bring Nobel Prize to UK

Serendipity, “The God Particle” and Turkish-British Collaboration in Science – a guest blog by Dr. Başak Candemir, Science and Innovation Officer, British Consulate-General Istanbul On 8 October, the Nobel Committee awarded the Physics Prize jointly to British scientist Peter Higgs and Belgian scientist Francois Englert. Professor Higgs gave his name to the the “Higgs Boson” or […]

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