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Wez G Sessions – Episode 21

Wez G Sessions - Episode 21

Wez G Sessions Episode 21 has a diverse mix of music from across multiple genres. Easy-listening for pleasure… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Groove Armada – Purple Haze [Pepper Records] 2. Bobby Womack – Stand Up [EMI USA] 3. Beastie Boys – Get It Together [Capitol Records] 4. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Album Version) [London Records] 5. Lou Reed – Oh Jim [RCA Victor] 6. Coldcut – My Telephone [Ahead Of Our Time] 7. Dennis Brown – Black Liberation [Heartbeat Records] 8. Grandmaster Flash – It’s Nasty [Sugar Hill Records] 9. Pepe Habichuela – A Mi Manuel (Soleá) [Nuevos Medios] 10. Lighthouse Family – Postcard From Heaven [Polydor] 11. Sarah Ndagire – Train [Unknown] 12. Madonna – Express Yourself [Sire] 13. Morrissey – Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together [His Master’s Voice] 14. Otis Redding – Satisfaction [ATCO Records] Wez G Sessions Episode 21 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 5 – 30.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 5 – 30.11.14 – XPress Radio This week’s Shuffle Show on XPress Radio hosts guest DJ, from the Woodville, Cathays, James Alexander aka Apollo Chief. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. GL – Won’t You See (Gerd Janson Dub Mix) [Plastic World] 2. Kasper Bjorke – Rush feat. Tobias Buch (Pink Skull Remix) [Hafendisko] 3. Soul Clap – Misty feat. Robert Owens (Louie Vega Roots NYC Mix) [Soul Clap Records] 4. James Alexander, Apollo Chief – XPress Radio Interview – PART 1 5. Mr. Tophat, Art Alfie – Marlboro Light (GW Remix) [Karlovak] 6. Westbam, Nena – Oldschool Baby (Piano Mix) [KNM] 7. James Alexander, Apollo Chief – XPress Radio Interview – PART 2 8. James Alexander, Apollo Chief – SHUFFLE XPRESS MINIMIX 9. So Inagawa – De Facto [O.P. Disc] 10. Radio Diffusion – BHVL (MOSTA Remix) [Compost Records] 11. Celcius – Incoming (Original Mix) [MadTech] 12. Unit 7 – Down (Original Mix) [WRHS Music] 13. Celcius – Devotion (Original Mix) [Madtech] 14. Freakme – Soultice (Original Mix) [Electronique Nu] 15. LouLou Players & Kolombo – Don’t Go Away (Zombie Disco Squad Remix) [SUARA] 16. Claude VonStroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit (Original Mix) [Dirtybird] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE JAMES ALEXANDER, APOLLO CHIEF: https://soundcloud.com/jacquesuk Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 5 – 30.11.14 – James Alexander, Apollo Chief by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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Waves 004

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The fourth edition of Waves, Wez G’s weekly chill podcast… The groove is again global in this episode of Waves… we travel through Arabia and then across the Atlantic to Cuba, with some nice sounds from more general chill artists also. http://djwezg.com/waves :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Passionista – Her, You and Me (Ibiza Beach Late Mix) [Lushgroove] 2. Fish Go Deep – Layback [¡! Records] 3. Miami Meltdown – Definitely Forever On My Mind (Afterhours Chilled Mix) [Lushgroove] 4. Amethystium – Meadowland [TME] 5. Love Emotion – Funky Town [Essential Records] 6. The R.E.G. Project – Sabah El Kheir [EMI Music Arabia] 7. Dan Gibson – Deep Blue [Solitudes] 8. A Guy Called Gerald feat. Louise Rhodes – Humanity [Wagram Music] 9. Nagual Sound Experiment – Grainface [Organic Records] 10. Dejan – Foulek [Dropout Productions] 11. Alfredo Valdes – Canto A La Vueltabajera [Putumayo World Music] 12. Little Dragon – Brush The Heat [Peacefrog Records] Waves 004 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 20

Wez G Sessions - Episode 20

Wez G Sessions Episode 20 crams a full range of diverse sounds into an hour of joy. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own [Universal Records] 2. Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck [RCA] 3. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World [Mercury] 4. Morcheeba – Trigger Hippie [China Records] 5. Barrio Cubano de Ronald Rubinel – El Carretero [Putumayo World Music] 6. Chubb Rock – Treat ‘Em right (Cribb Mix) [Select Records] 7. Rhythm Quest – Closer To All Your Dreams (Hybrid Mix) [Network Records] 8. Cocteau Twins – Cicely [4AD] 9. The Congos – Children Crying [Black Art] 10. Belle And Sebastian – She’s Losing It [Delabel] 11. The Police – Too Much Information [A&M Records] 12. Babyshambles – Another Girl, Another Planet [Unknown] 13. Depeche Mode – Stripped [Mute] 14. The Flying Burrito Bros. – My Uncle [A&M Records] 15. Bob Dylan – Corrina, Corrina [Columbia] 16. Franz Ferdinand – Come On Home [Domino] Wez G Sessions Episode 20 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 4 – 23.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 4 – 23.11.14 – XPress Radio This week’s Shuffle Show on Xpress Radio hosts Funkydory’s Gari Worner. Gari has worked as a DJ in the Welsh capital for many years and his style perfectly sums up the flavour of Cardiff’s clubscene. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Opus III – It’s A Fine Day [PWL International] 2. Röyksopp – This Must Be It (Rex The Dog K-Dart Remix) [Wall Of Sound] 3. Sandee – Notice Me [Fever Records] 4. Gari Worner – XPress Radio Interview – PART 1 5. Rob Mirage, DJ Chus – Back 2 NY (Original Stereo Mix) [Strictly Rhythm] 6. COMA – Los Dilettantes (Roosevelt Mix) [Bedrock Records] 7. Gari Worner – XPress Radio Interview – PART 2 8. Gari Worner – SHUFFLE XPRESS MINIMIX 9. Boris Dlugosch & Roisin Murphy – Never Enough  (Drop Out Orchestra Remix) [Super Sexy Disco Vol 1] 10. Da Sunlounge – Fly Girl (island Knights Original Mix) [Borrowed Music] 11. Da Sunlounge – Stronger (Original Mix) [Borrowed Music] 12. Drop Out Orchestra – Red Beans (Original Mix) [File Under Disco] 13. Larry Fives – Make A Move (Original Mix)) [House Bound] 14. Roland Clark – A House Thing (Micky Moore & Andy Tee Deep Mix) 15. TW Funkmasters – Love Money (Joey Negro Dub Wise Revision – Remixed With Love) [Z Records] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE Gari Worner / Funkydory: https://soundcloud.com/gjworner Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 4 – 23.11.14 – Gari Worner From Funkydory by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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Waves 003

Waves 003

The third edition of Waves, Wez G’s weekly chill podcast… This week’s Waves selection takes us from Africa across to Cuba and also diverts into India… A global choice of laid-back music. http://djwezg.com/waves :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. A Man Called Adam – All My Favourite People (Stay With Me) [Southern Fried Records] 2. Steve Dragon – Nag Champa [Avatar Spirit] 3. Flunk – Blind My Mind [Beatservice Records] 4. Café – Follow Me (Nova Mix) [Bar De Lune] 5. DJSaint – Souls (Harold Alexis Remix) [Silk Sofa Music] 6. Rena Jones – Autumn [Native State Records] 7. Tribal Lord – African Chill (Chill Mix) [Bar De Lune] 8. Massive Attack Vs Mad Professor – Bumper Ball Dub (Karmacoma) [Wild Bunch Records] 9. The Florals – Flower Of Life [Bar De Lune] 10. Derrick – Love Away (Original Mix) [Lemongrassmusic] 11. N’to – The Sand Dealer (Original Mix) [Form] Waves 003 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Review: Men Without Women – by Ernest Hemingway

Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars My journey through Hemingway’s works continues and ‘Men Without Women’ was no let down. The testosterone is flowing in this collection of short stories and the author’s narrative is constantly catching the macho emotions amid the standard Hemingway vivid scene description. We move from bullfighters, to gangsters, to boxers, to road trippers. Often the stories are based in the romance of continental Europe, a place for which, it is clear, Hemingway has a special affinity. very often we leave the story abruptly with a typical open-ended cliffhanger, allowing us to ponder the future development of the characters. Each of the stories could quite easily become a novel in themselves and in that sense ‘Men Without Women’ leaves us thirsty for more. View all my reviews

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Review: Men Without Women

Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars My journey through Hemingway’s works continues and ‘Men Without Women’ was no let down. The testosterone is flowing in this collection of short stories and the author’s narrative is constantly catching the macho emotions amid the standard Hemingway vivid scene description. We move from bullfighters, to gangsters, to boxers, to road trippers. Often the stories are based in the romance of continental Europe, a place for which, it is clear, Hemingway has a special affinity. very often we leave the story abruptly with a typical open-ended cliffhanger, allowing us to ponder the future development of the characters. Each of the stories could quite easily become a novel in themselves and in that sense ‘Men Without Women’ leaves us thirsty for more. View all my reviews

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Review: The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is only a short book and I read it in a couple of hours. The brevity doesn’t, however, take away from it being a great tale. An old fisherman heads out to sea off his native Cuba and endures an epic battle with a Marlin, the first fish he has caught in over 80 days. He is alone at sea, his unsuccessful fishing meaning that his child partner can no longer go out to sea with him. The man faces a battle with his aging body and mind in addition to the fight he has with the graceful, strong fish. After three days of hard labor, he finally lands the Marlin. Unable to fit on the boat he has to strap the fish to the outside and, having drift far too out to sea for comfort, he faces a long struggle home, where his real battle against the elements of the sea begin. Sharks are the danger and, as the dead catch releases its scent and blood into the water, the scavengers of the ocean set out to undo the old man’s work. He repels the attacks using every weapon to hand but they are too plentiful and finally he reaches shore, with just a skeleton remaining of the giant Marlin. He is glad to be home and exhausted, he can face his community with a little more pride as from the skeleton they can tell that he is still a great fisherman. Hemingway weaves his magic, using simple language and colorful prose imagery. He obviously has a deep love for fishing and his knowledge of the sea comes direct from his own fishing experience. The novel captures the reality of ocean-fishing and with the loneliness of the sea offset by the old man’s fondness of baseball and his dreams of lions on the beach in Africa, we read a cleverly weaved tale and it is no surprise to me that Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a direct result of writing this masterpiece. View all my reviews

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Review: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is only a short book and I read it in a couple of hours. The brevity doesn’t, however, take away from it being a great tale. An old fisherman heads out to sea off his native Cuba and endures an epic battle with a Marlin, the first fish he has caught in over 80 days. He is alone at sea, his unsuccessful fishing meaning that his child partner can no longer go out to sea with him. The man faces a battle with his aging body and mind in addition to the fight he has with the graceful, strong fish. After three days of hard labor, he finally lands the Marlin. Unable to fit on the boat he has to strap the fish to the outside and, having drift far too out to sea for comfort, he faces a long struggle home, where his real battle against the elements of the sea begin. Sharks are the danger and, as the dead catch releases its scent and blood into the water, the scavengers of the ocean set out to undo the old man’s work. He repels the attacks using every weapon to hand but they are too plentiful and finally he reaches shore, with just a skeleton remaining of the giant Marlin. He is glad to be home and exhausted, he can face his community with a little more pride as from the skeleton they can tell that he is still a great fisherman. Hemingway weaves his magic, using simple language and colorful prose imagery. He obviously has a deep love for fishing and his knowledge of the sea comes direct from his own fishing experience. The novel captures the reality of ocean-fishing and with the loneliness of the sea offset by the old man’s fondness of baseball and his dreams of lions on the beach in Africa, we read a cleverly weaved tale and it is no surprise to me that Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a direct result of writing this masterpiece. View all my reviews

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 19

Wez G Sessions Episode 19

Another eclectic mix of global sounds from dance to punk rock, Wez G Sessions Episode 19 takes you on an aural adventure. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Morgan King – I’m Free (Soma Remix) [Rumour Records] 2. The Beach Boys – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times [Capitol Records] 3. Stereo MC’s – Chicken Shake [4th & Broadway] 4. Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now [Skint] 5. Future Hitmakers – Somebody That I Used To Know (Original Mix) [Big Eye Music] 6. Wilson Simoninha – Ela E Brasileira [World Music Network] 7. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Carcass [Polydor] 8. Will Wilson – Magnetic Island (Original Mix) [Mistique Emotion] 9. D:Ream – Drop Beatz Not Bombs [Full Fill] 10. Death In Vegas – Aladdin’s Story [Concrete] 11. Billie Ray Martin – Honey [React] 12. David Benoit – Rejoyce [GRP] Wez G Sessions Episode 19 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 3 – 16.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 3 – 16.11.14 – XPress Radio This week’s Shuffle Show on Xpress Radio sees host Wez G joined by Fran from Traffic, Cardiff University’s underground clubbing and Djing society. Also from Traffic, guest DJ Dom Varndell spins a minimix. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Scan X – Midnight (Laurent Garnier Edit) [WTF! Music] 2. Soulik – Enjoy This Trip (Original Mix) [Audio Elite] 3. Fran from Traffic – XPress Radio Interview 4. Be.Lanuit – En El Aire [Lovely Mood Music] 5. Ost & Kjex – Have You Seen The Moon In Dallas? (Maurice Fulton Remix) [Planet Noise] 6. Dom Varndell – XPress Radio Interview 7. Dom Varndell – SHUFFLE XPRESS MINIMIX 8. Callaghan – Deep Down [White] 9. Mak & Pasteman – Drowning [Naked Naked Records] 10. Fatboy Slim – Star 69 (Myles James Bootleg) [White] 11. Codec – Is It Something [WRHSmusic] 12. Alex Parkin – Nasty Thing (Original Mix) [Roska Kicks & Snares] 13. Huxley – Creeper (Club) [Aus Music] 14. Furesshu – Lifted (Shifted Remix) [Project Squared] 15. BareSkin – Eyes (Original Mix) [Hypercolour] 16. My Nu Leng ft. Fox – Masterplan [Black Butter Records] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE: TRAFFIC https://www.facebook.com/pages/TRAFFIC-Clubbing-DJing-Society/26894748270 DOM VARNDELL https://soundcloud.com/domvarndell http://www.mixcloud.com/DomVarndell/ Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 3 – 16.11.14 – Fran from Traffic & Dom Varndell by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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Waves 002

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Waves With Wez G The second edition of Waves, Wez G’s new chill podcast… This week continues a global flavour of laid-back sounds with artists known and also artists more obscure. Help Waves build by spreading the word to your friends! http://djwezg.com/waves :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Deep Fog – Infinity Life (Original Mix) [Mistique Music] 2. Karunesh – Bombay Pure [Star Mark] 3. The Herbaliser – Sensual Woman [Ninja Tune] 4. A Man Called Adam – People Rule [Southern Fried Records] 5. Boudien – Stars (Meditation Mix) [Bar De Lune] 6. Blue In Green – Rainy Streets (Original Mix) [Cold Busted] 7. Herr Styler – Zero Ghosts Out The Door (Original Mix) [Eskimo Recordings] 8. Poolside – Take Me Home (Original Mix) [Eskimo Recordings] 9. Thievery Corporation – The Hong Kong Triad [Eighteenth Street Lounge Music] 10. M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade – Home (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Interstellar Mix) [Get Physical Music] 11. Canu – Backstage (Boeing Remix) [High Note Records] 12. Cafe Anatolia – Theme From The Silk Road [Unknown] 13. The George Benson Quartet – Eternally [Columbia] Waves 002 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Review: Translation and Globalization

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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: Translation and Globalization – by Michael Cronin

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: 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 – by Ernest Hemingway

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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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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Positioning Translators – Theo Hermans (UCL) – Guest Lecture Cardiff University MLANG 29.10.14

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  Theo Hermans is from University College London (UCL) and works in translation studies and in modern and Renaissance Dutch literature. His guest lecture at Cardiff University was to develop his ideas in his recent ‘Positioning Translators’ paper. Theo edits the series Translation Theories Explored published by Routledge. This was my first extra-curricular lecture at Cardiff University. We prepared for the lecture with a seminar in the afternoon run by my personal tutor, Dorota Goluch. I’d read Theo’s paper and it had been a little profound for me to take it all in yet after Dorota’s seminar I was feeling a little more confident in understanding the idea of ‘Positioning Translators’ and was ready fro the main event. Theo Hermans entered a jam-packed MLANG lecture theatre and under the light of recording video cameras, got his talk underway. Many of the ideas and examples were taken straight from the paper, but Theo had an excellent way of simplifying the ideas and making them more accessible in the lecture than they were in the plain text of the paper. He started with the example of Antjie Krog, a SoutH African translator who was deeply emotionally affected by his interpreting work for the South African Truth And Reconciliation commission as it sought to uncover the wrongs of apartheid. He talked of First Person Displacement – the way in which a translator or interpreter can get caught up in their work. Antjie Krog found that by referring to the unjust crimes as he interpreting them by using the first-person, he could not separate his won identity from the dark sins perpetuated by the more evil elements of the apartheid instigators. The lecture went on to develop how translators themselves are affected in their work and the various techniques they use to impose themselves on the reader. I think one of the biggest ideas that embedded in my mind from Theo’s talk was the nature of Irony in Translation. In a translated work there is not just a single voice talking. The author has his voice but the translator, in his work, has his own voice represented in the work. There is therefore two voices present, struggling against each other – the element of irony where the nature of what is being said has a duality. Different translators cope with this irony in different ways. Is the perfect translation where the translator is invisible? The…

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 18

Wez G Sessions - Episode 18

Another week where the Wez G Sessions music flows freely. Episode 18 brings some nice spice and has a good exotic feel to it. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. The KLF – 3.A.M. Eternal (Live At The S.S.L.) [Arista] 2. The Kinks – Big Sky [Pye Records] 3. Télépopmusik – Breathe (Extended Version) [EMI Music Canada] 4. Bolivia Manta – Lunare Itu [Auvidis] 5. Don Ray – Standing In The Rain [Polydor] 6. Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun [Creation Records] 7. Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) [Tamla] 8. Raze – Let The Music Move U [Grove St.] 9. Vangelis – Hispanola [EastWest] 10. Chuva Speaks Arab – Airplanes (Name Surname Mix) [Hotfingers] 11. Trafik – Dark Times [Global Underground] 12. The Beautiful South – Everybody’s Talkin’ [Go! Discs] Wez G Sessions Episode 18 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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ITI Cymru Wales Event Cardiff University 08.11.14

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  I received an invite on my university email address to a free event at Cardiff University, arranged by ITI Cymru Wales ( @ITICymruWales ). The Saturday workshop was to be focussed on technology in translation and I felt it would be an ideal opportunity to get to meet some actual working translators in Wales plus to learn about a specific subject area within translation that I find appealing. If I complete my degree successfully and actually become a professional translator, the chances are that I will be building on existing tech skills and working in some way in the tech side of translation. The workshop was to focus on developing your skills as a translator in the digital environment – we would learn how to use some useful translation tools and think about working with the web as a tool. I packed my lunchbox and headed out on the train to Cardiff on a wet Autumn International rugby day. There was a good crowd of about 40 people, filling up the lecture theatre at Cardiff University’s Centre For Lifelong Learning. It was to be the ITI Cymru Wales’ biggest event to date. The costs to attend the convention were free which was an added bonus. I was quite nervous, not knowing anybody there as it was my first foray into the world of professional translators. I felt, as a first year student, that I was a bit out of place and had general newbie nerves. The first talk was by Elvana Moore ( @MoreAlbanian ) on the use of the ProZ.com website / forum for translators and interpreters.   I’d set up a profile on ProZ.com already but haven’t used the site as yet. Elvana gave us a good hour and a half’s worth of instruction on how to best use this vast translation-specific website. It could be the biggest source of our work as translators and was an invaluable resource. She explored the intricacies on how to best set up your profile and demonstrated the key features of the site. I hadn’t previously understood the Kudoz system on ProZ and can see what a great way it is of exchanging ideas on translation and a great way of building your profile and becoming a real part of the international translator community. Elvana stressed that she was in no way a salesperson for ProZ but equally I think she was able…

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Review: Translation-mediated Communication in a Digital World

Translation-mediated Communication

Translation-mediated Communication in a Digital World by Minako O’Hagan My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was published in 2002 and obviously a lot has changed in twelve years in the filed of technology. Bearing in mind that it is outdated, there are, however, some very good valid points which are raised about translation-mediated communication in the computer age. Translators need a new set of skills in order to function in the modern age. There is a movement towards machine translation and the way in which it integrates into traditional styles of translation is a new subject for translation studies. The whole internet and the increasing need for webpage translation means that translators need to be aware of web languages and also about the varied nature of websites. The whole language of websites is different. People do not read websites like they do books or traditional forms of media and this the language to be translated is different. I found the whole approach of the book to the translator’s role in globalisation to bring some good far-reaching ideas into my mind about the future of translation. I left this book wondering more about the subject and the possibilities of technology. To be critical of the book, there was an overuse of acronyms. TMC was easy enough to adapt to but I found that the steady introduction of new acronyms in the text just became overbearing and confusing so that I couldn’t remember what was being referred to. There was a fair bit of repetition of ideas and sometimes the language became too over-technical and unnecessarily complicated and was very difficult to follow. I think the authors are obviously talented people in this field and have critical knowledge. I would like to see the book brought up to date for today’s situation. The ideas identified in this work were very prophetic and this indicates the high level of competence in the study. View all my reviews

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Review: Translation-mediated Communication in a Digital World

Translation-mediated Communication in a Digital World by Minako O’Hagan My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was published in 2002 and obviously a lot has changed in twelve years in the filed of technology. Bearing in mind that it is outdated, there are, however, some very good valid points which are raised about translation-mediated communication in the computer age. Translators need a new set of skills in order to function in the modern age. There is a movement towards machine translation and the way in which it integrates into traditional styles of translation is a new subject for translation studies. The whole internet and the increasing need for webpage translation means that translators need to be aware of web languages and also about the varied nature of websites. The whole language of websites is different. People do not read websites like they do books or traditional forms of media and this the language to be translated is different. I found the whole approach of the book to the translator’s role in globalisation to bring some good far-reaching ideas into my mind about the future of translation. I left this book wondering more about the subject and the possibilities of technology. To be critical of the book, there was an overuse of acronyms. TMC was easy enough to adapt to but I found that the steady introduction of new acronyms in the text just became overbearing and confusing so that I couldn’t remember what was being referred to. There was a fair bit of repetition of ideas and sometimes the language became too over-technical and unnecessarily complicated and was very difficult to follow. I think the authors are obviously talented people in this field and have critical knowledge. I would like to see the book brought up to date for today’s situation. The ideas identified in this work were very prophetic and this indicates the high level of competence in the study. View all my reviews

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Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – Week 2 – 09.11.14

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  The Shuffle Show with Wez G – WEEK 2 – 09.11.14 – XPress Radio This week’s Shuffle Show on Xpress Radio begins with some laidback chilled sounds before special guest Flapsandwich (from Cardiff band Sicknote) beefs things up with his minimix after his interview with host Wez G. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Foxbase Beta Mix) [Heavenly] 2. Spiller – Cry Baby (Röyksopp’s Malselves Memorabilia Mix) [Positiva] 3. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle [Lucky Number] 4. Flapsandwich – XPress Radio Interview – PART 1 5. Ninjah – Ready Me Ready [White] 6. Massive Attack – Safe From Harm [Virgin] 7. Flapsandwich – XPress Radio Interview – PART 2 8. Flapsandwich – SHUFFLE XPRESS MINIMIX 9. Ninjah -raw (Flapsandwich Remix) [WHITE] 10. The Lovely Wars – Oh! What Lovely War (Flapsandwich Remix) [WHITE] 11. The Doors -Break On Through (Flapsandwich Remix) [WHITE] 12. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole vs Flapsandwich – You Make Me Wet [WHITE] 13. Sex Pistols vs Flapsandwich – Dirty Fucker [WHITE] 14. Megman – Guitar Ditty [WHITE] The Shuffle Show is broadcast every Saturday Night / Sunday Morning from Midnight to 1am on Xpress Radio, Cardiff University’s award-winning student radio station http://xpressradio.co.uk MORE FLAPSANDWICH: http://flapsandwich.com Shuffle Show – XPress Radio – WEEK 2 – 09.11.14 – Flapsandwich (Sicknote) by Wez G on Mixcloud SHUFFLE SHOW ARCHIVE

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100000 Soundcloud Plays!

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  Well, I’ve hit a real milestone here. 100000 plays of my material on Soundcloud. I’ve been on there from the start and have seen this site grow into probably the most influential music site in the world. I’ve been approaching this figure for a while and thought it apt to do a little celebration post. Years ago, when I did lot of live sets in some big clubs and indeed smaller venues, I never usually played to more than 1000 people in the same room. The internet revolution has changed the music industry. I am totally amazed that it has give me the chance to showcase my material to such a vast number of worldwide listeners. FOr sure, I’m not at the top of the pile for number of listeners – bigger DJs get 100000 plays on an individual track over the course of a week – but for little ole me – 100000 is a nice figure. In addition to my personal page, I run several group son Soundcloud, the most notable ones being the Shuffle DJ Mixes group (22700 DJ Mixes) and also the Wales Soundcloud which showcases all forms of music across my adopted homeland. I’ve met lots of people through Soundcloud and it gives me great encouragement as an artist to be able to get feedback from fans and listeners. I’ve noticed some changes in Soundcloud as it’s grown. There is currently a bit of a trend against DJs on there and they are turning in their droves to other services such as Mixcloud. But Soundcloud is where the listeners tend to be (On my Mixcloud I only have 1000 plays and am keen to build up an audience there as well. http://mixcloud.com/wezg ). Across my own website I use Soundcloud embeds to play the music. It is a truly versatile service and I hope it continues to grow so that my audience can continue expanding. Total global domination is a real possibility! Let’s see how soon I can get to a million listeners! Please help out and keep spreading the love! http://soundcloud.com/wezg

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