10 things to do this week

04.05 - 10.05 2016
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Get like a jazz machine

Music 05.05.2016

Dudelange is undoubtedly Luxembourg’s premier jazz town. The opderschmelz venue hosts the annual Like A Jazz Machine festival that sees some 17 acts play over four nights--a veritable celebration of t...

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Positive stereotypes

Snapshots 19.12.2011 Neel Chrillesen
(Photo: Luc Deflorenne)

Networking: Lively conversation and a keynote speech from ambassador Alice Walpole were on the menu at the British Chamber’s annual Christmas lunch.

Alice Walpole, Sophie Kerschen, Robert Deed
Alice Walpole, Sophie Kerschen, Robert Deed
Janice Allgrove (left), Karl Horsburgh (centre)
Janice Allgrove (left), Karl Horsburgh (centre)
Jason Boyes and Francis Hoogewerf
Jason Boyes and Francis Hoogewerf
More than 170 attended the lunch
More than 170 attended the lunch
Mike Hornsby (centre), Dave Evans (right)
Mike Hornsby (centre), Dave Evans (right)
Robert Deed (left), Daniel Eischen (right)
Robert Deed (left), Daniel Eischen (right)
Bill Lockwood
Bill Lockwood
Tom Loesch and Jean Kerschen
Tom Loesch and Jean Kerschen
Darren Robinson
Darren Robinson
Anita de Viell
Anita de Viell
Martial de Calbiac
Martial de Calbiac
Freddy and Anne-Marie Bracke
Freddy and Anne-Marie Bracke
Jason Boyes, Patrick Browne, Ros Browne, Francis Hoogewerf
Jason Boyes, Patrick Browne, Ros Browne, Francis Hoogewerf
Nicolas J. Ries (left), Claude Marx (centre) and David Kitzinger (right)
Nicolas J. Ries (left), Claude Marx (centre) and David Kitzinger (right)
Joelle Niclou and Christopher Clarke
Joelle Niclou and Christopher Clarke
Sarah Giddings (left), Steve Giddings (centre)
Sarah Giddings (left), Steve Giddings (centre)
Jan Koenighaus and Alice Walpole
Jan Koenighaus and Alice Walpole
Roger Pitt (centre), Lord Michael Bates (right)
Roger Pitt (centre), Lord Michael Bates (right)
Sandro Pace-Bonello and Freddy Bracke
Sandro Pace-Bonello and Freddy Bracke
David Kitzinger (right)
David Kitzinger (right)
Peter Duynslaeger
Peter Duynslaeger
Francis Pedrini
Francis Pedrini
Patrick Mina
Patrick Mina
(Photo: Luc Deflorenne)

More than 170 people gathered for the BCC’s annual Christmas Lunch at the Hemicycle in Kirchberg last Friday. British ambassador Alice Walpole’s speech was much anticipated, and despite wanting to keep serious matters for a less festive occasion, she addressed the recent British EU veto without further ado. “For many commentators it was a ‘typical British’ move,” said the ambassador. “We must combat that kind of preconception. Yes, the British are perfectly happy to stand up and say what we mean but when we decide on something in Brussels or Luxembourg, we go home and implement it. It is essential we make clear to everyone that we remain totally engaged in the EU and loyal to our commitments”.

According to Walpole, the way the British are perceived by others is, however, also something that can be used positively. “The British are viewed as being fair-minded, pragmatic, visionary, engaged. We are traders, explorers and adventurers. My job here is to reinforce these positive stereotypes in the same way you all are, showing Britain as its best and highlighting our dedication and collaboration within the EU as well as outside,” she told guests.

Alice Walpole’s impassioned and thought-provoking speech, to which she added her wishes for an excellent 2012, provided a fit conclusion of an engaging lunch, leaving participants with a much-needed supplement of energy for the coming months.