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Nigel Sheinwald » Ambassador, Washington

A fond farewell from Washington

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 in DC, we have nine Consulates General throughout the country. Julia and I have greatly enjoyed the experience of getting … Read more »A fond farewell from Washington

Christopher Hitchens: An affectionate tribute to an (Anglo) American

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 his literary and intellectual powers and his personality. Christopher and I went to the same Oxford College—Balliol. He was a … Read more »Christopher Hitchens: An affectionate tribute to an (Anglo) American

Tis the season for science and innovation

For most of us, December’s arrival means the start of a busy holiday season. For university students, though, these weeks mean another season entirely: end of semester exams. Father Christmas may be checking his list for naughty and nice, but students are likely more concerned with the Dean’s list right now. On the foreign policy report card, I’d give particularly high marks to the education, science and research partnership between … Read more »Tis the season for science and innovation

The greenest garden in Washington

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 this trend, the British Embassy adopted an organic approach to management of the Residence garden on Massachusetts Avenue in July of 2009. It … Read more »The greenest garden in Washington

Working together for a safe and prosperous cyberspace

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 Wikipedia. The UK is committed to leading on cyber issues, and we are especially glad Secretary Clinton is joining this important step … Read more »Working together for a safe and prosperous cyberspace

Higher education: A gold star in the special relationship

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 eager young scholars, tens of thousands of Americans will study abroad at a UK university and experience life across the … Read more »Higher education: A gold star in the special relationship

Still standing together: UK-US solidarity ten years after September 11th

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 mood perfectly:  “Nous sommes tous Americains”; “We are all Americans”.  In the UK, at the changing of the guard at … Read more »Still standing together: UK-US solidarity ten years after September 11th

London’s Olympic Legacy: Marking A Year To Go to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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 three times, after hosting in 1908 and 1948. Britain’s Olympic history was quick off the block, with Launceston Elliott winning Britain a gold … Read more »London’s Olympic Legacy: Marking A Year To Go to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Making magic with UK’s creative industries

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 DC premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Though I’m not sure who was more excited about the … Read more »Making magic with UK’s creative industries

A golden welcome for Will and Kate

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 more than 20 million people across the United States. As I blogged at the time, the interest and enthusiasm for the young … Read more »A golden welcome for Will and Kate