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The origins of simultaneous interpreting

I have long been fascinated by where this job comes from. I have a vague memory of a lecture long ago talking about ancient cultures using kidnapped women as interpreters between tribes because they tended to integrate to their new culture better than captured men. They would be used for trade negotiations between their newly

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A day of questioning

Last night I made the mistake of checking Facebook late at night. I saw a post that , stupidly for a Friday evening in the holiday weekend, made my brain kick in with all the questions I’ve been asking myself for months now and led to a bit of a sleepless night. It’s been hanging around

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RSNO Mozart's Requiem

Last Saturday I was an Alto in the choir for the RSNO playing Mozart’s Requiem. I bought the tickets way back in January just around the time I became ill and it stood as a sort of totem (along with 2 comedy gigs in London) for getting back to being me again. Part of me

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Further thoughts on Shakespeare and the project impact

I got a little stuck on the projects because, in part, I’m still recovering and am not thinking as clearly as I usually do.  But I think I have come to a bit of a breakthrough. I was seeing the Shakespeare module as a chance to analyse the text, explore it in English, perform it

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Reaction to the Shakespeare Choice Module

I missed the first 3 session of the choice module due to ill health and I think that has had a bit of an impact on how I feel in the sessions. I also came back to the sessions probably before I was completely ready so I felt very vulnerable in the class and had

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Teaching exercises - Shakespeare

These are exercises that I’ve experienced in the Choice Module – Acting for Shakespeare with Ali De Souza and Andy McGregor. Some of them can be used as is in a training session for PIs or tweaked to offer a deeper translation process when working with a text. 1  Deliver the speech/monologue/piece of text straight

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quotes

“For the music teacher of an instrument, the first task is to simply teach the purely physiological abilities required to be able to make a beautiful sound on a piece of metal or wood.”                        (Baxtresser, 2010) “The education of an actor in our theatre is not a matter of teaching him something: we attempt to

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Lady Gaga - now there's a title I never thought I'd write

I didn’t see this on the night but my husband (so far away from being a Lady Gaga fan as to be funny) was very impressed and brought me his laptop to show me her doing the wire work at the top of her show at half time of the SuperBowl this week.  I wouldn’t

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Taking some time out

19 days ago I was blogging about what my plans were for March 2018 and really looking forward to the work I could do over the year that would contribute to that learning opportunity. A  few days later I developed some serious health issues that have forced me to stay off work for three weeks

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Teaching primary school children

I had my first proper session with a group of children today and am absolutely knackered. I suspect that I need to develop the famous teacher voice and that I was trying to talk over them which is why my head is pounding. I forgot to mention that this is a piece of collaboration between

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