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Scotland: The Strategic Choice

(16) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 7:00 PM

As internationalists with a deep admiration for the Scottish contribution to the UK's global strengths and interests, we will not stop warming to Scotland whatever happens on 18 September. In our diplomatic careers, numerous Scottish bosses, colleagues, administrators and negotiators added a quality that made British diplomacy respected worldwide. We...

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A Fond Farewell From Washington

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 7:26 AM

I leave Washington today after over four years as the British Ambassador.

It's been a fascinating and rewarding time to represent Britain in this country. The first requirement is, of course, to be Ambassador not just to Washington, but to the whole United States. In addition to a substantial Embassy...

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Christopher Hitchens: An Affectionate Tribute to an (Anglo) American

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:42 PM

Much has already been written about Christopher Hitchens, the brilliant and prolific writer, commentator, and polemicist since the very sad news of his death yesterday. The beautifully written tributes to him by his friends Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, and the writer Christopher Buckley, evoke with great affection...

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The Greenest Garden in Washington

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 11:36 AM

The British poet Alexander Pope once observed that, "All gardening is landscape-painting." But today's gardeners need to be environmental stewards as well as aesthetes.

The single largest contributor to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is chemicals applied to lawns and farms. To do our bit to combat...

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Working Together for a Safe and Prosperous Cyberspace

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 11:54 AM

Tomorrow, international leaders from government and business will convene in London to discuss ways to ensure a safe and prosperous cyberspace. The UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, will welcome participants including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, and Jimmy Wales, the founder of...

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Higher Education: A Gold Star in the Special Relationship

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 1:54 PM

It's beginning to look a lot like autumn here in Washington. The weather has turned cooler, and although the leaves have yet to start falling, the streets are filled with a different kind of yellow: buses taking children back to school. As grade schools and college campuses fill up with...

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Still Standing Together: UK-US Solidarity ten Years After September 11th

(15) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 7:00 PM

This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

I was the UK Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels at the time, and saw firsthand Europe's reaction - one of sympathy for, and unity with, the United States. The French newspaper Le Monde's headline captured the...

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London's Olympic Legacy: Marking a Year to Go to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 9:14 AM

One year from now, my home town of London will welcome 25,000 athletes and officials from around the world, along with hundreds of thousands of fans, for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. London will be the first city to host the modern Olympics...

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Making Magic With UK's Creative Industries

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 1:37 PM

It seems everyone's spellbound over the release of the final Harry Potter movie. We had a wizard time here at the Embassy yesterday evening, where along with Time Warner Inc. and Warner Bros. Pictures we co-hosted a reception for some of our friends around Washington, and enjoyed the D.C. premiere...

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A Golden Welcome for Will and Kate

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 2:27 PM

I'm in Los Angeles this week, preparing to accompany Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- better known to many as Will and Kate -- on their visit here.

The Duke and Duchess won millions of American hearts with their wedding in April, watched by...

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Britain and America: A Marriage of True Minds

(11) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Americans seem gripped by the Royal Wedding on Friday. TV, radio and newspapers are filling up with pieces about the events of the day, and the personal stories of the bride- and bridegroom-to-be. The coverage and interest has been almost as intense here as at home in the...

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A Golden Night for Britain

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 2:54 PM

It was a great night for Britain at the Oscars. The King's Speech, nominated in 12 categories, earned four of the biggest nods of the night for Best Picture, Best Director Tom Hooper, Best Actor Colin Firth, and Best Original Screenplay by David Seidler. But the film about Royals was...

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Thirty Hidden Songs

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 12:05 PM

Blogs are a great way of relating how a day in the life can illustrate a broader point.

Take yesterday, when I had the pleasure to drive my car down to the Kennedy Center. With my wife Julia, we were there to see Sir Paul McCartney receive...

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More Than Just History

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 9:13 AM

The date is the same; the designation slightly different. Today is Veterans Day over here, Remembrance Day back in the UK. Despite the different names, the origins of the commemoration are identical. November 11, 1918 was when the guns finally fell silent on the trenches of the Western Front in...

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