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While the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ has been labelled as a Chinese proverb and attributed to the philosopher, Confucius, it was actually popularized in the 1920s by Fred R. Barnard in the United States. He used the phrase to discuss … Continue reading A photo is worth a thousand words… but should I put one on my CV?
It’s been just over a month since I moved to the Catalan city of Girona in Spain to begin a new life with my girlfriend. We first started going out in 2015 after meeting online on a site called Conversation … Continue reading New Beginnings in Catalonia
Kaizen is a Japanese way of running a company by always trying to improve the way people work and what they do. It is a philosophy and practice of continuous improvement. This way of doing things is practiced at the … Continue reading Kaizen, lightbulbs and Continuous Professional Development
Aa went to Blaydon Races, ‘Twas on the 9th of Joon, Eiteen hundred an’ sixty-two, on a summer’s efternoon… So goes the famous Geordie anthem ‘The Blaydon Races’ penned by George ‘Geordie’ Ridley in 1862. It was written to celebrate … 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, taking full advantage of the luxurious legroom, I had slept very comfortably. … 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
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