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Neil Robertson

They look after themselves in respect of honours too - I can think of no other 'charity' (sic) or department of Government far less a private company that actually has its own Honours section - as this extraordinary response received from FCO confirmed in 2010: Sent: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 1:43 pm
Subject: RE: My Whistleblower Complaint Against British Council

Dear Mr Robertson

Thank you for your email of 8 September to my predecessor, Tanya Collingridge.

We do not comment on individual honours nominations and awards but I have passed your email on to the Honours Section at the British Council in case they have any comments.

I would be grateful if you could delete myself and Tanya Collingridge from your email distribution lists.

Yours Sincerely

Monique Foulcer

Monique Foulcer| Head of Royal Households & Honours Secretariat | Protocol Directorate | Room OAB 1/62 | Foreign and Commonwealth Office | London SW1A 2PA

Neil Robertson

The "someone slightly further down the pecking order" who now gets a CMG on top of her earlier OBE is the British Council Director of Visual Arts who overruled the Venice Biennale committee a few years back and handed the nomination to Tracy Emin. CMG went to "Ms Andrea Lester ROSE OBE
Director, Visual Arts, British Council"

Neil Robertson

http://dblackie.blogs.com/the_language_business/2007/06/british_council.html British Council Venice fiasco

Neil Robertson

British Council Visual Director Andrea Rose CMG, OBE in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWMK3jLZrJE

Neil Robertson

The knighthood in this sector went of course to James Bevan CMG British High Commissioner to India - fresh from a 'mega-reception' with British Council to launch 'the GREATest show on Earth': London 2012 - 100 Days to Go
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2012
Event: Reception
Venue: 2 Rajaji Marg, New Delhi (Residence of the British High Commissioner)
Time: 1730-1930 hrs (media entry starts at 1715 hrs)
In just 100 days time, the 2012 Olympics will open in London, a spectacular start to the greatest show on earth, the London Olympic and Paralympic games. BHC is organising a mega reception in association with the British Council and VisitBritain to mark this.

Event includes:

Presence of:
- Indian boxers participating in London 2012: Manoj Kumar (CWG gold medallist); Devendro Singh; Shiva Thapa (at 18 years, youngest Indian boxer ever to qualify for Olympics)
- Olympic hopefuls athletes: Rahul Banerjee (Archery CWG gold medallist); Tarundeep Rai (Archery Asian Games 2010 silver medallist)
- Prominent Indian players: Suranjoy Singh (Boxing CWG 2010 gold medallist); Nanao Singh (Boxing Youth World Champion 2009); Sarjubala Devi (Youth World Champion 2011); Sgiva Keshavan (India's four-time Winter Olympian); Geet Sethi and Viren Rasquinha of Olympic Gold Quest.
A motivational GREAT Sports Anthem composed by children from Udayan, a Kolkata NGO, for the Indian contingent attending London 2012, will be introduced by the British High Commissioner, James Bevan CMG along with Indian Olympians/athletes
Display of images from GREAT British Sports Festival held across India
British Minister for Climate Change Mr Greg Barker; High Commissioner James Bevan and Director, British Council Rob Lynes will address the gathering
Farewell to the Indian contingent participating in London 2012; Olympic badges and mascots to be handed over
Media interested in covering the events are requested to confirm their attendance by 1100 hrs Tuesday 17 April 2012 to

Upendra Singh +91 9871423233; [email protected]
Deepti Soni +91 9810312913; [email protected]
Further information
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Neil Robertson

There is even a picture of this 'mega-reception' ..... http://www.flickr.com/photos/ukinindia/6946582338/in/set-72157629480015578/

Neil Robertson

The 'motivational GREAT anthem' was also given airing with these bizarrely post-Imperial Union Jack T-shirts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ysp2dE2PvE

Neil Robertson

On your marks ... new contender in the British Council bullshit generator event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSj-e8_tGrw

Neil Robertson

Previous contender for Gold in British Council Bullshit Olympics has thankfully now been switched off at last: http://dblackie.blogs.com/the_language_business/2007/06/british-council.html

Neil Robertson

At last ..... a sighting of British Council India Director Rob Lynes featured in the photo caption of the 'mega-reception' mentioned above but not the FCO's photos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsChTNEvf7w

Neil Robertson

Of course the reality of British Council ops in India is perhaps revealed by this clip from the Kerala library closure campaign of a few years back and which was reported on this blog as well as on Indian TV stations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv280ObsT4s

Neil Robertson

Some of these Indian library campaigners should have got medals instead of British Council bean counters: http://saveourlibrary.blogspot.co.uk/

Neil Robertson

I see the Bullshit Generator is now a GMG and running the Global Bullshit Network: http://www.britishcouncil.org/about/adrian-greer

Neil Robertson

The British Council's New Purpose and Mission - more bullshit from Mr Greer in conversation with another BC Director from Down Under who caught up with him in Singapore when he was still East Asia Director: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oSAdEr5p0w

pokemon

http://www.britishcouncil.org/about/finance-business-partner

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