Category Archives: Social Media & Photography

Remembering Great Granddad George – Four Co-incidences

by John Kirk My great-grandfather, George Gittos, died on April 16th 1918 during the Battle of Paschendaele near Ypres in Belgium. I once went out with a girl, Marie-Claude from Lille which is less than an hour from Ypres. On … Continue reading

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#Translation Can Be Stupid & Comical: #Chinese, #Spanish and #English Signs For Laughs

During the interesting and engaging discussions on my post Bilingual Readers: Do You Prefer to Read in English or in Your Mother Tongue?,  I got ‘chatting’ with many smart, multilingual professional translators on LinkedIn including Phyllis Eisenstadt. On learning that we both collect funny … Continue reading

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Stories of #Swans: “Surgio” and His Clan

  Many years ago in China, I heard of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake for the first time and was mesmerised. Sometime later, I watched the beautifully performed ballet on the stage. The name of the performing troupe has long faded in … Continue reading

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Charming #Cotswolds: English Towns and Villages Oozing with Tradition and Natural Beauty

Blue skies, white clouds, green hills, yellow fields with rape seed swinging in light breezes, crystal clear waters where swans swim with their cygnets, wooden and stoney bridges above free flowing streams, pretty cottages and pubs built with special Cotswolds stones, … Continue reading

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