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by Sidney Freifeld

eBook Undiplomatic Notes: Tales from the Canadian Foreign Service download ISBN: 0888821263
Author: Sidney Freifeld
Publisher: Dundurn; First Edition edition (November 1, 1990)
Language: English
Pages: 194
ePub: 1973 kb
Fb2: 1431 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Subcategory: Social Sciences

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Diplomatic conflicts almost turn into wars over golf tournaments, and Percys and Marilyns duties include attending flower .

Diplomatic conflicts almost turn into wars over golf tournaments, and Percys and Marilyns duties include attending flower competitions, Christmas parties, national day celebrations, and events with rented camels. And regularly erupting at the most awkward moments is the dreaded Bharali amoeba, scourge of the diplomatic intestinal tract. But all frivolity is set aside when the government threatens to close down the embassy; the Foreign Service springs into action, with surprising results.

A Canadian foreign-affairs official claims the federal government reached out to Chinese diplomats as soon as Meng .

However the Chinese embassy in Ottawa says they learned of her arrest from Beijing, not from the Canadian government. The Chinese consulate in Vancouver says "it had not been informed by Canadian foreign affairs officials about the arrest of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.

So you think diplomats lead uneventful lives - presiding over tea beside the aspidistra?

So you think diplomats lead uneventful lives - presiding over tea beside the aspidistra? Behind formal negotiations are events sometimes too hilarious (and human) for academic histories. Beneath serene exteriors are people who, from time to time, are clowns.

Diplomatic conflicts almost turn into wars over golf tournaments, and Percys and Marilyns duties .

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About Undiplomatic Diaries. With an Introduction by Allan Gotlieb. Now, for the first time, Ritchie’s diplomatic diaries are collected in one complete volume, covering his entire career in the Canadian Foreign Service. One of Canada’s most distinguished diplomats, Charles Ritchie was also a born diarist.

So you think diplomats lead uneventful lives ― presiding over tea beside the aspidistra? Behind formal negotiations are events sometimes too hilarious (and human) for academic histories. Beneath serene exteriors are people who, from time to time, are clowns. And often, the expectations of dignity and protocol only serve to heighten the antics. From his 30-year career, Sidney Freifeld ― at various desks at headquarters and in various embassies, up through the ranks, to ambassador ― recollects some of these tales. He has gleaned other from colleagues or "unofficial" files. Among the treats in Undiplomatic Notes:

Castro’s table manners at an impromptu dinner; The circus of incivility created by the arrogance of the Ceausescu clan and their entourage; Calls in the night to deal with Moscow’s howling cats; Australian VIPs lost in the bowels of the Chateau Laurier; A Canadian embassy held at gun-point, by a Canadian; and Poetry to protest External’s policy on decorations.

In addition, treasury types will recognize "one of theirs" in the legendary Agnes McCloskey. Small wonder that Mike Pearson had to plead with Ottawa (from war-torn London): "Please get us off your minds." and the tales of quick switches from economy class to first, and the two-dollar dry-cleaning bill, will strike heart-felt chords with those making travel claims. Members of Canada’s foreign service have helped thousands of their fellow citizens ― but few with more urgency than the member of Parliament visiting New York who tried to take his wife to his hotel room. Legations run like military outposts, the needs of beavers in transit, and the exchange of diplomatic notes over a baseball game are more subjects for Undiplomatic Notes. And for the uninitiated there are some useful chapters on what really, really, goes on.