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The last word (from this blog at least)

The last word (from this blog at least)

I think I knew when I went to write this post that it would have to be the last one. Every year in December or January I write a piece for the New Year that either looks backwards or forwards or both, but this time I felt no enthusiasm for it. Last year wasn’t a...
There and back again

There and back again

Sometimes it’s not the landmarks you visit, it’s the journey itself that’s a landmark. 30 years ago, I travelled to France with my younger brother, Julian, in my car. I left behind my then wife and young daughter to take a trip I’d wanted to do...
Changing for the better

Changing for the better

This year’s MET conference, held in Mantua, Italy, had pretty much everything you could ask for: a beautiful venue, interesting people to talk to and, yes, content that seemed a great deal better than last year’s. I’m sure this last point will please...
How to lose a client

How to lose a client

I lost a client a few weeks ago. It’s something that always seems dramatic when it happens, but the truth is they weren’t the first client I’ve lost and they certainly won’t be the last. In fact, if you think about it, we lose clients all the...
Coworking blues

Coworking blues

You know that old Joni Mitchell song Big Yellow Taxi? The one with the chorus that goes “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Well that’s how I’ve been feeling for the past six...
Riding the changes

Riding the changes

I think most translators would agree that our world is changing faster than we’d like it to and not always in the ways we’d prefer. And a good idea of the effect this is having on the translation community could be gleaned from last week’s BP23...