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Review: Translation and Globalization

Translation and Globalization by Michael Cronin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book, by Irish author Michael Cronin, explores translation studies from a globalization perspective with specific attention paid to the situation in Ireland. Globalization is a trend which is ever-increasing in our world and it is an undeniable fact. How do translators fit into this movement of culture? They are involved whether they support globalization or not and very often they must remain unbiased in their views. As contact increases between different cultures and language groups across the planet the translator is finding himself ever more involved. Technology issues and localisation are covered and this is particularly relevant to Ireland which has set itself up as a hub for the international technological revolution. The book analyses the different cultural conflicts which arise in translation as a result of globalization. What are the relationships between powerful global languages and more minor ones? I found the final chapter on minor languages, looking in detail at Irish Gaelic, most interesting. When one is a native speaker of English it is difficult to overlook the factors affecting translators of minor languages whose working lives and structure and thinking are markedly different to the bulk of translators. The book is very well written and gives a comprehensive outlook on Translation Studies, never veering too far from the underlying topic of globalization. I found it easy to follow and rich in its definitions and examples. I will be using the specific content on Translation History for my next essay. View all my reviews

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Review: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars My love affair with Hemingway continues and Fiesta is the latest work of his that I have thrown myself into and conveniently it is all about a love affair. The tension of the love between Jake and the wild aristocratic Brett builds up in the city of Paris. We see a high life throughout this book. The chief protagonists certainly understand how best to enjoy their time. Washing machines and home cooked dinners are not on the agenda. We flit from bar to bar, restaurant to restaurant and the mouthwatering selection of food and drink is so succulently described that by the time Jake hit San Sebastian towards the end of the book I could actually savor the taste of his drinks. Hemingway is rich on description and all of his writing very cleverly conjures up mental images describing in detail the environment his characters inhabit. Fiesta is no different and if anything the landscape described in this book is perhaps richer. We can see that the author knows his terrain well. He is passionate about France and Spain and nowhere does this passion manifest itself more than at the Festival of San Fermin at Pamplona. From ‘Death In The Afternoon’ I know that Hemingway deeply admires bullfighting. The sejour at San Fermin allows this knowledge and love of La Corrida to manifest itself in fiction. Jake, an American, is rare as a foreigner, in that he is an initiate of this cultural sport. The relationship with Montoya, in whose hotel they reside, is poignant in the way Jake and Montoya interact as they discuss the intricacies of the weeks long activities centered upon the bulls. The wild partying of the week long fiesta culminates in an anarchic breakup of the group of friends. the boxer loses his temper, there is an excess of alcohol and Brett, who is the center of attention for all the men, decides to run off with the festival’s leading young bullfighter. They split away and head off in their own directions and it is Jake who comes to the rescue of Brett as she winds up in Madrid. It is obvious throughout that they deeply care for each other but their very lifestyle doesn’t allow them to be together. As the book ends with them travelling down a Madrid street…

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Useful Tools for Chart Analysis – Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands are used on trader’s graphs as indicators to demonstrate market volatility. The bands incorporate a moving average line and two standard deviation lines. To analyse the trade movements using the Bollinger Bands, you have to see whether they are converging or diverging. A convergence suggests a reduction in volatility and a divergence suggests that an asset has become volatile, and is therefore likely to move price. They are important factors to assess in gaining an entry. You should include them on your trading graphs to check to see if the time is right for your trade. Useful website: http://bollingerbandgenius.com/

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Useful Tools for Chart Analysis: Fibonacci and Moving Averages

When I first started trading, I was looking at graphs and sort of just guessing trends – are they bullish or bearish, or flat? Guesswork is no good. You have to learn when to enter a market, when to get out and learn what the candlestick graphs are actually showing. In my research today, I found out about Fibonacci and Moving Averages. Both are useful tools to implement on your trading graphs as by understanding how to use them properly you will know when to enter the market. They explain almost perfectly the underlying trends on the graphs. Below are three good vides that are well worth watching. There are more good videos in the Video section of this site which you can access using the above menu.

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A Fresh Start – Back Trading

Well, my finances have recovered slightly and I’m back in the game. As of tomorrow, I’m investing $500 in Banc De Binary – That $500 will be doubled to $1000 with the signup bonus so I shall have a nice balance to play with. I’ve been researching the best brokers and Banc De Binary are consistently reviewed as being the best. I’ve had a good chat with one of the advisors there and he’s filled me full of confidence. To help me with signals and to help learn how to trade properly, I’ve also signed up with Binary Options Free or Intellitraders – They’re going to give me pro signals to advise me on my trades and I look forward to the 75% return rate they promise. I shall keep you informed of how the trading goes. I have decided to tweet all my results so you’ll be able to see for yourselves, how, on a daily basis, my profit / loss goes.

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Gerrard The Red – An Introduction

Hi – My name is Wesley Gerrard and I’m an avid Liverpool Fan and have been all my life. My father’s family are originally from Liverpool and I’ve been a fan of the Mighty Reds from birth. I’m currently 35 years old. The greatest moment in my life was in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul in May 2005 when I witnessed firsthand my namesake, club captain, Steven Gerrard, lifting the European Cup after a hectic victory against AC Milan. On my return from Istanbul, I wrote up an account of the game and my travels and turned it into a website. Hungary For Turkey has proven a popular site with supporters and I really enjoyed writing it. I decided that I would like to turn my hand to writing about Liverpool FC more regularly so I decided to set up a blog. This is GerrardTheRed.com and I aim to cover all things LFC and truly embed myself in the LFC family on the internet. It is September 2013 and after three games in the new season, Liverpool are top of the league with 3 clean sheets and 9 points out of nine. I think it’s the right time to do something positive as I feel good about the future at our club, perhaps as I did at the start of the 2005 season. I hope the journey goes well and that GerrardTheRed.com is a success. YNWA

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