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Benefits of Stepping Up in your Profession

In two weeks’ time, I will step down from my role as associate representative on the ITI Board after two years. Being on the Board has taken up a lot of my time – time that, arguably, could have been spent doing paid translation work. And yet standing for election and my two years’ tenure have been one of the best investments I ever made in my career as a...

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Leipzig – a summer in Saxony

Leipzig – the town of Kaffee und Kuchen I first visited Leipzig in January 1993 and again in 1995 from Berlin. Fortunately, I had the foresight to take quite a few pictures of the city rather than the usual student face shots drunken or otherwise. With these in mind, I realised it would be the ideal opportunity to make some ‘before and after photo collages’ of...

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Then and now – anecdotal observations

Week 5 Ch 9 ‘Saying sorry’ I just about fell off my seat when I realised that I should broach the subject of saying sorry with my ‘kids’. It was in particular the example scenario of pushing in in a queue by a mistake which invoked my mirth. One very regular question-asker reliably asked me, most perturbed, “But, Selly, I understand not…why must I apologise for...

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Calling at Colditz

I decided that I would take advantage of having the car and drive to the remote Colditz Castle, which is famous for being used as a POW camp during the Second World War. It was deemed to be inescapable by the Nazis due to its high walls and steep drop and was home to captured escapees and the crème de la crème of British, US, Canadian, Polish and Dutch officers; a...

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