Only Human Translators

New life in Lisbon

New life in Lisbon

It was just what the translation world needed; it was just what I needed. For most people, the BP event in Lisbon was a very welcome return to in-person conferences after two years of online-only events due to COVID. It’s a conference that has a reputation of...
The languages of love

The languages of love

Everyone has someone who makes a difference to their life – someone who gives them a vital piece of help or advice, maybe, or some welcome and unexpected finance. But I don’t think many people have had their life quite so radically changed as mine was by...
Connecting people

Connecting people

It’s always a great feeling introducing your friends to one another – people from different parts of your life who don’t know each other but who you are certain will hit it off. Nowadays, of course, it’s easier than it’s ever been. Social...
Linguistic tribulations

Linguistic tribulations

A couple of weeks ago, my son made his live broadcast debut. He’s joined up with a couple of Argentinian enthusiasts for Scottish football who invited him on to one of their live YouTube appearances to discuss the weekend’s matches. Why Pol started...
Five things I’d like to see in 2022

Five things I’d like to see in 2022

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always thought that trying to change your life dramatically with a new direction or new diet on 1 January was simply setting yourself up to fail. But, like everyone else, I can’t help thinking...
Process and pragmatism: the story of my year

Process and pragmatism: the story of my year

It’s probably significant that 12 months ago I took a conscious decision not to look back on 2020. The first year of COVID didn’t seem like something I wanted to spend too much time dwelling on and I broke with my habit of writing a review of the year....
The great turning point

The great turning point

25 years ago this month I was given the sack. Although I wasn’t happy in my job, it came as a terrible shock. Until then, I’d always seen work – and life really – as something that went onward and upward. Failure really didn’t come into...
The social media juggling act

The social media juggling act

The social media scene is changing – and I’m not just talking about the rather bizarre metamorphosis of Facebook into something called Meta. It seems to me that the way we, as translators, use social media is shifting almost as I write this post, as we...
Beating blogger’s block

Beating blogger’s block

Followers of this blog may have noticed that in 2021 I haven’t been posting as regularly as in recent years. The early days, when I somehow managed to post every week, are long gone. For some time I’ve thought that one post a month was often enough, and...
The next best thing

The next best thing

As I’ve said before in this blog, I’m not a fan of online conferences and CPD. But if I go to too many like the recent METM21 Online I could be converted. Superbly organised, full of good content and with off-conference events that came close to achieving...