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16th November 2016 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

RAF Typhoons visit Brunei

Four of the RAF Typhoons at Rimba Airbase

Yesterday, I accompanied the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF )on an inspection of 4 RAF Typhoon (Eurofighter) visiting Brunei at the end of a 6 week deployment in Asia. The 4 aircraft were an impressive sight, lined up next to each other at Rimba Air Base and with an accompanying Voyager refuelling […]

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21st January 2016 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Jerudong International School’s Higher Education Evening

On Tuesday I enjoyed taking part in a university briefing evening at Jerudong International School (JIS). The event was aimed at school students about to start applying to universities. Last year, 58% of JIS students who went to university chose to study in the UK. So I was pleased but not surprised to see a […]

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3rd November 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Women of the Future – Week of Women Summit 2015

Ms Stephanie Koh, a Shell Engineer, was selected to represent Brunei as a future woman leader to attend the Week of Women Summit in London 2015.  Read her guest blog about her experience at the week long Summit.  I am very privileged to have been nominated by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. and selected by the […]

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19th October 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Gurkha 200th Commemoration In Brunei

2015 is a special year for the Gurkhas as it is the 200th Anniversary of Gurkha service to the British Crown. We wanted to mark this in Brunei too, given the significant Gurkha links that have existed here for more than 50 years. We were greatly honoured therefore that His Majesty The Sultan agreed to […]

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25th September 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Global Goals for a better world

Later today (25 September), the United Nations will adopt 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty and build a better world by 2030. Earlier this week, I took part in an event hosted by Standard Chartered Bank in Brunei to publicise the Global Goals – also called the Sustainable Development Goals. Visiting humanitarian advocate d’Arcy […]

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2nd September 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Brunei’s latest Chevening Scholar

I was pleased to host a farewell reception on Tuesday for our latest Chevening scholar, Senior Superintendent Dinah Amat Daud. Dinah will be starting her studies in the UK later this month – MA in Applied Security Strategy at the Institute of Security and Strategy at the University of Exeter. She was clearly delighted to […]

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1st September 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Brunei

Swordfight in Hamlet

A terrific Saturday evening at the Jerudong International School’s Arts Centre watching the Globe Theatre company from London perform William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s a unique project. Starting last year and finishing in April 2016 (the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death), the Globe Theatre aims to tour this production to every country in the world. Brunei […]

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24th March 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Celebrating International Day of Forests

It was a pleasure on Saturday morning to join the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources at an event to celebrate the International Day of Forests. Appropriately enough, the event was held in the beautiful setting of Bukit Shahbandar Forest Recreation Park. After a ceremonial tree planting, the Minister launched a new free visitor guide […]

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2nd March 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Racing on the Brunei River on St David’s Day

Sunday 1st March – St David’s Day – and I am taking part, with other Ambassadors, in an afternoon race with 7 other boats including one captained by His Majesty The Sultan. To bring luck to our team, we posed with the Welsh Flag, it being a little known fact that the Brunei crocodile’s only […]

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25th February 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Pangolin Protectors

Last year the UK hosted governments from around the world to galvanise international action to combat the illegal trade in wild animals – The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Botswana will be hosting a follow-up conference in Gabarone next month. One animal under particular threat in this part of Asia is the pangolin. To […]

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