It was a strange feeling, boarding the Landrover Defender with Union Jack fluttering on the bonnet. Strange because after a 74 year gap of Communism, then civil war, a British diplomatic mission had finally returned to the Caucasus. Until then I had enjoyed being one of the few Brits in Georgia. Now I found myself royally upstaged, sitting inside the vehicle of Britain’s first ever ambassador to Georgia, Stephen Nash. Appointed in October 1995 he, with the aid of his deputy Michael Hancock, had now established a diminutive home base in a suit of rooms at Tbilisi’s Metechi Palace Hotel.
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