Pictures here of a demonstration yesterday by translators and interpreters against crook Joan Fernando Valls Fusté. Catalan translator Tina Vallès posts info noting that Valls Fusté has run up large debts with translators working for him since he started his translation business, Traducciones Maremagnum MTM, in 1999. He’s playing the old game of denying that any contractual relationship existed with his employees, but in his struggle to avoid liability he’s also doing innovative stuff like splitting himself into two personalities–Joan Valls and Fernando Fusté–and claiming that books were translated without the intervention of translators. This is apparently the first collective action of its kind in Barcelona, but I’m sure it won’t be the last: clients here tend to focus on speed and price (0.04€/word is typical) and payment problems are frequent. (If you want a laugh, Desbladet stylee, check out the English site of the regional government, the Generalitat, which traditionally doles out contracts to friends and family, and bugger the results.)
- Artur Mas: only the filthy Spanish are stopping every Catalan owning a farm right now
In a number of posts (see below) I’ve suggested that rather than use cheap, crap human translators customers should consider free,
- Education: music and words for early years, primary, secondary (inc. GCSE/A-level) and tertiary (FE and HE)
Some school work I’ve done with the organ Interactive concerts in nurseries Here’s a Barcelona visit: 45-minute concerts for large primary school audiences In Spanish,
- Did Carod really give a speech at New York University on inauguration day?
There are no reports in the English-language media, and NYU’s agenda doesn’t list the event.
- Augustine attacks Jerome’s Vulgate for diverging from traditional fucked translations
Here: A certain bishop, one of our brethren, having introduced in the church over which he presides the reading of your version,
- Swallows & tents
“When it came that we wanted to move the host, a swallow had nested near the apex of the tent.”