Category Archives: UK

The British brand that conquered the world, but which is almost unknown in the UK

If you’re a Brit overseas it’s likely that at some point you’ve had a cup of Lipton tea, prominently available everywhere from America to Europe to Asia. It’s the world’s best-selling tea brand, and you may or may not be … Continue reading

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Russophobia Today, recolonisation, and David Lynch’s Dune: history repeats itself (again) in new Afghanistan spymaster biography

The controversial former British ambassador to Uzbekistan has warned that Russia and the West keep rehearsing the same parts they’ve played for the past 200 years; and that a famous portrait of a legendary British secret agent in Afghanistan isn’t … Continue reading

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Dagestan, Game of Thrones, and a Gorbachev adviser: a Russian afternoon in London

Russia has its own Commonwealth, administered by the Rossotrudnichestvo state agency, with a UK office just off Kensington High Street. Upstairs to the first floor, through a door and a group are registering with a young woman and a laptop. … Continue reading

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Season’s greetings from Kosovo

The ambassador opens the front door, so of course my mind goes blank. Debrett’s said something about a particular use of Your Excellency, but I can’t remember what. He smiles and shakes my hand, I mumble something and hurry down … Continue reading

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Modi visit: 1,000 UK graduates head to India for IT internships

Beneath the headlines, handshakes and photo-ops there’s the overlooked detail of what these high-profile visits are about: deals. Everyone knows that India leads the world in IT, but not so long ago – 1997, in my case – perhaps the … Continue reading

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Poles apart? Life in Britain, from a Polish perspective

Think back to Christmas Eve last year. Millions of us were en route to family, arriving in time for a meal and glass of something, ahead of the big day. But if you are from Poland, the chances are you … Continue reading

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The invisible Muslims

Kamuran Samar’s first memory of being a Muslim is praying with his family, aged eight. He watched them and, like any other child, wanted in on something he was missing out on. He didn’t understand the Arabic spoken during prayers, … Continue reading

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