Charlie Bavington

French to English Freelance Translator - I.T. specialist

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I switched from self-employment to limited company this financial year (see this previous post). In so doing, I changed banks for business banking, switching from the world’s local money launderers to the home of the Libor liars (I’ve got a Co-op Bank application form, honest, I just need the time to switch). However, what I […]

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 15:00 | 5 comments
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I was recently led to reflect on my first steps in finding clients. In the case in point, I was led by the nose by an apparently notorious WUM/troll, but genuine cases arise often enough for me to wish I already had my own “story”, as it were, written down. And so now I have. […]

Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 16:18 | Comments Off on In the beginning…
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Following on from my post two days ago (in which I wondered whether the scope of confidentiality could usefully be reduced in a translation context), the question is, given a great deal of the information translators receive is deemed confidential, does using Google Translate (GT) equate to disclosure of confidential info? On disclosure, in an […]

Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 10:57 | Comments Off on Rage Against The Machine
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Another flurry of comment of late on the evils of MT, especially Google Translate (GT). Plus there were, I think, a couple of conferences on the subject of MT this autumn, judging from my Twitter feed. I found myself in something of a peculiar position in this regard. I don’t actually use MT myself out […]

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 11:37 | 2 comments
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Wonder if any of you literally tens of readers had thought “Ah, another blog that has petered out…”? Truth is, I only have one pair of hands, and apart from the very occasional flurry on Twitter, my spare typing (and thinking) time since June has been taken up with an epic thread on proz (should […]

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 09:39 | 10 comments
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Following my previous post, I’ve had a couple of emails from people thinking of switching from self-employment to limited company status, so I thought I’d whizz over the info I harvested when making the decision, in case it proved useful, for translators specifically. Needless to say, I’m not a qualified accountant or lawyer, so don’t […]

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 16:13 | 15 comments
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I have recently taken the plunge, as it were, and decided to convert from self-employment to a limited company, operating as of yesterday, in fact. Let me share with you my experiences as a customer of Britain’s much vaunted financial services sector. First, finding an accountant. The ICAEW website has a handy Business Advice Service […]

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 10:38 | 7 comments
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Quite a distracting week for those following the MoJ / ALS saga (I’m just going to assume you know what that is!). It changes the shape of this post, initially drafted several days ago. I first heard about the matter when I was asked (in Aug 2011) to help draft a petition which finally emerged […]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 01:09 | Comments Off on … And Justice For All
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This post is about a pleasant enough video that was probably at the peak of its popularity a couple of years ago. It’s called the Vendor Client Relationship, featuring with a man in a restaurant, another man in a DVD shop, and lastly a woman at a hairdresser’s, all attempting to make unusual demands on […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 01:41 | 4 comments
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The following is a summary to a long article here, from June 2009, when there seemed to be a fair amount of gloom around. It seemed to be inspired at least in part by a drip, drip, drip of news about salary freezes and cuts in the wider economy (e.g. Doncaster Council just yesterday; I’m […]

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 13:38 | 4 comments
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