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British institutions wake up to social media?

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British institutions wake up to social media?

The BBC news says that the Queen will be visiting the London offices of Google today. This strikes me as an unusual visit for a head of state, but I’m actually impressed that she has even heard of Google. It’s obviously a sign of just how important the internet is to our society that even [&hellip

Stop press! Facebook to be translated into UK English ;)

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Stop press! Facebook to be translated into UK English ;)

My husband was surprised to be greeted by the above message when he logged into Facebook over the weekend. For those of you who like me are slightly visually challenged and have to squint to read it, this is what it says: “Do you speak English (UK)? Help translate Facebook into English (UK) so that [&hellip

Remote working using Wi-fi

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Remote working using Wi-fi

I’ve just returned from a short holiday in the Devon countryside. Living in London I tend to lust after the peace and quiet of remote countryside. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be quite as ‘remote’ from my work as I’d hoped. I hadn’t quite managed to complete all of my translation jobs before going away, [&hellip

Interview on Radio 4 regarding into English translators for the EU

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Interview on Radio 4 regarding into English translators for the EU

Those of you who last month read about the reported short of decent English translators for the EU may be interested to listen to this interview on Radio 4’s PM programme aired yesterday. Quite a lot of airtime was dedicated to the subject on the programme, with some interesting points raised. You can listen again [&hellip

Giving good customer service

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Giving good customer service

I recently had a bad experience with an online grocery delivery service provided by one of the UK’s major supermarkets. You may wonder why on earth a freelance translator is choosing to blog about supermarket shopping, but stay with me, my blog has not been hijacked by a consumer rights blogger. The relevance of this [&hellip

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