18 January

Lessons to learn from marathon runners

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Lessons to learn from marathon runners

  I’ve never run a marathon and I think it’s safe to say I never will. But over the years I’ve had lots of interesting conversations with people who do and who described their training for it. What impressed me was the structured approach they were taking, their staying power and their enthusiasm, not just […]

24 November

Let’s talk about DeepL

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Let’s talk about DeepL

  People often tell me about the wonders of DeepL, a tool which translates their mails into English in a matter of seconds. Knowing how much time it can take to write an English email, I certainly understand the appeal. And machine translation has come a long way since the days when the output was […]

7 April

Hamsters, bumblebees and ponies

Hamsters, bumblebees and ponies

  These difficult times have brought the German expression Hamsterkauf to the attention of Brits. Whether hamster buying makes them think of the little animals going shopping or people stocking up on the pets, I’m not sure. Either way people are delighted by it. Not quite the same maybe, but certainly related are the very funny […]