Joint expansion in Italy

Joint expansion in Italy

  Joint venture between the language service providers Noraktrad and Dos Mundos The two international language service providers Noraktrad and dos mundos are expanding together in Italy. The two managing directors Dr. Stephan Oeller (Noraktrad) and Thomas Döring (dos...
Low cost blues

Low cost blues

I’ve been away from the UK for too long to feel British. I start feeling like a fish out of water as soon as I board my low-cost flight and find myself surrounded by people wearing inappropriate clothing talking with thick Birmingham accents, some of whom have...
Slap another steak on the barbie!

Slap another steak on the barbie!

The sun is shining, evenings are getting longer, and the time has come for outdoor meals with families and friends. What’s more, if you have barbecues, there’s a good chance a man will grab the tongs and the burger and sausage flipping duties, leaving you free to sip...
The esteemed art of spelling

The esteemed art of spelling

  In the ‘olden days’ when I was at school, being a good speller was a big deal. It must have been terrible for people with dyslexia, because I don’t remember ever hearing the term until I was about sixteen. Every week, our teacher would give us a list of words to...
World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

  It’s no exaggeration to say that this year about seventy per cent of the texts I have translated have been on the subject of climate change, renewable energies, sustainability, recycling, the circular economy, the plastic continent floating around the ocean, and so...
Where there’s muck, there’s brass

Where there’s muck, there’s brass

  I was lucky to grow up in a lovely neighbourhood, in a street lined with huge Victorian and Edwardian houses, complete with servants’ quarters, surrounded by large gardens with beautiful trees. My mother described it as a ‘professional’ neighbourhood, however, the...
What is cultural appropriation?

What is cultural appropriation?

  Today I would like to think about cultural appropriation, which I find confusing. Doesn’t the saying go that ‘copying is the sincerest form of flattery’? Apparently, in some circumstances it is considered insulting and decidedly ‘uncool’. Cultural appropriation is...
Out of the ashes

Out of the ashes

  Last week, EU ministers of culture met in Paris to talk about an Erasmus programme for artisans’ apprentices, redistributing European funds to conserve the continent’s legacy and to design a coordinated response to disasters like the one that damaged the Notre Dame...
Turn it off or leave it on?

Turn it off or leave it on?

  We all want to save energy and get the best performance from our electronics, but nobody tells us how to do it. For example, should you turn off your computer at night? Some people believe that shutting down and starting up again wears out components, but at the...