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They do things differently in Russia. Apparently

I have been led to believe that the worst diplomatic posting for Her Maj's men and women of honour sent abroad to lie for their country is Ulan Bator, but it looks as though the lot of lesser diplomatic lights stationed in Moscow is not a bundle of laughs either. The First Secretary, one Nigel Gould-Davies, had the misfortune to be sent to Chita, way out in eastern Siberia. I cannot find out much about Chita, but it is twinned with the Florence of Idaho that is Boise so I do not suppose it features on many tourist itineraries, although it is managing rather sunnier weather than in these parts at the moment.

Anyway, so far so bad, but it gets worse: "Nigel Gould-Davies...was attacked by a group of teenagers when he went out for a night-time stroll in the east Siberian city over the weekend". And now for the curious bit - "The police officer said investigators suspected that rowdy students who were celebrating their graduation from school that night might be behind the assault and started a search for them". Source. Still, not as bad as the fate of Tel Aviv's man in San Salvador.

Makes jumping off Magdalen bridge into the Cherwell seem quite tame, does it not?

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Blogger james higham said... 9:21 pm

The new British Embassy in Moscow is a magnificent affair - all mod cons and poetry written into the walls.  



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