‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

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 a horse race and carnival in Blaydon, a small town situated a few miles from … Continue reading ‘Twas on the 9th of Joon – Happy Geordie Day!

Diary of a backpacker 6 – Bonito, a liquid paradise

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 had slept very comfortably. The buses really are a miracle in this country. I was … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 6 – Bonito, a liquid paradise

What is translation?

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 international bodies that regulate aspects of modern life. It is part and parcel of modern … Continue reading What is translation?

Diary of a backpacker 5 – Iguazu Falls

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 went out for pizza in a nearby restaurant. For a small fee we could eat … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 5 – Iguazu Falls

What makes a good translator?

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 to signal my level of proficiency and also identify any areas that needed improving, as … Continue reading What makes a good translator?

Diary of a backpacker 4 – Ilha Grande and Curitiba

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, a beautiful and peaceful island where cars and motorbikes are not allowed. It would be … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 4 – Ilha Grande and Curitiba

Diary of a backpacker 3 – Day in Rio tour

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 summer yet but my misconceptions of sun drenched bodies laid sprawling on the beaches for … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 3 – Day in Rio tour

Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck

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 walls decorated by a painting of a pretty young black girl with a colourful headband … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck

Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories

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 want to be. We can get swept along with life and before we know it … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories

The Corona virus – brighter days on the horizon?

It’s funny how life pans out sometimes. We finally think we are getting somewhere and then, suddenly out of nowhere, something happens to stop us dead in our tracks. This something may be a bereavement in the family, an illness, an accident, redundancy or a relationship break-up, to name but a few. For a while … Continue reading The Corona virus – brighter days on the horizon?