Translation Blog

We’re Not Worthy!

I’ve already mentioned that Alice is one of my absolute favourite rock stars. Yesterday was my lucky day: I got to see him live, at the Atlantico in Rome.

It was quite simply the best concert I have ever been to in my life. He was awesome.

He opened with The Black Widow, then after a newish one which I can’t remember went on to classics including Muscle Of Love, Under My Wheels, I’m 18, No More Mr Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Cold Ethyl, Only Women Bleed… there was a new song, I’ll Bite your Face Off, plus a few from his later era: Hey Stoopid, Poison, Feed My Frankenstein, Wicked Young Man, and one which I was quite proud of being seemingly the only person there able to sing along to: Clones (We’re All), from the album Flush The Fashion. Then there was School’s Out, performed in a brilliantly successful medley with Another Brick In The Wall (part 2). Read more »

Why No Peanuts! is not for me

OK, sooner or later it had to happen. I’m going to talk about the translation industry. Specifically, about No Peanuts!, a movement whose aim is to support translators in demanding and receiving a “living wage” for their work. There’s been a lot of talk about No Peanuts (sorry, it’s too irritating to include that exclamation mark every time) in both public and private forums since its launch about 18 months ago, and I’m not sure I have anything original to add. (So why am I writing, you ask? Good question… let’s see if I can crystallise something useful out of my random thoughts.) Read more »

Getting the chemistry right

I am lucky enough to have acquired a damson, a yellow plum, and two fig trees along with my garden, which every year provide me with bucket loads of fruit for no effort on my part except walking down the hill to pick them. However, fruit being by nature somewhat perishable, I do then have to work out what to do with it all. This year, along with stewed fruit, cakes, clafoutis, and so on, I decided to turn my hand to jam making. Read more »

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