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So goes the famous Geordie anthem ‘The Blaydon Races’ penned by George ‘Geordie’ Ridley in 1862. It was written to celebrate a horse race and carnival in Blaydon, a small town situated a few miles from Newcastle on the other … Continue reading ‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!
After catching the night bus from Foz do Iguaçu we arrived at our next destination, Bonito, the following morning. The journey had taken a mere 13 hours and, as a consequence of taking full advantage of the luxurious legroom, I … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 6 – Bonito, a liquid paradise
In today’s globalised world, translation is an activity that continues to grow at a rapid pace. It seems to be everywhere we look. It is fundamental to the United Nations, the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and many other … Continue reading What is translation?
We arrived in Foz do Iguaçu around 9 in the evening and checked into the Hotel Del Rey, a pleasant place with lovely gardens and a swimming pool. We freshened up after the long bus journey from Curitiba and then … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 5 – Iguazu Falls
As I hesitantly make preparations to begin the third and final module of my MA in Translation, I thought it important to remind myself of the main skills and attributes of a good translator. This exercise, I felt, would help … Continue reading What makes a good translator?
After four eventful days in Rio it was time to move on. I was up early for the 10 am departure. It took one and a half hours to get to the port for our next destination, the Ilha Grande, … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 4 – Ilha Grande and Curitiba
The next morning I woke up nice and early for my ‘Day in Rio’ tour. I opened the curtains and guess what? It was still raining. I was getting increasingly vexed with the weather in Rio. I knew it wasn’t … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 3 – Day in Rio tour
My first diary entry read: ‘I find myself in a pretty little room in a quaint hotel called Santa Clara, somewhere near Copacabana Beach. There are beautiful wooden shutters on the windows, a sparkling red tiled floor, and dazzling whitewashed … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck
I suppose a time comes in everyone’s life when we reach a crossroads and we take a good hard look at ourselves. We look back on what we have achieved and we look into the future to see where we … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories
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