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Business as usual

A statement from James Gray about business during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dear Clients,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forces us all to adapt to new ways of working and communicating, I wish to reassure you that I will continue to operate business as usual. I remain committed to delivering first-class translation, proofreading, and editing services ”now, as before” and all the necessary systems and protocols are in place for me to provide you with ongoing support through these difficult circumstances.

This pandemic brings a number of challenges and is inevitably causing us to re-evaluate and re-prioritize. The health and safety of our families and communities should always remain the first priority.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.



Tales of a virgin half-marathoner

I’ve run on and off ever since those bleak cross-country days at school, when they sent you out in all weathers in a vest and shorts, and you came back spattered head to toe in mud, drenched to the skin or with thighs the colour of beetroot from the bitter cold. Read moreRead more


Recipe: Zucchini noodles with tomato sauce

Zucchini noodles with tomato sauce*

This basic tomato sauce is easy to prepare and goes great with pasta, gnocchi or in Melanzane Parmigiana. The zucchini noodles are a healthier, grain-free alternative to standard pasta. Read moreRead more


James Gray enters Bupa Great North Run 2014 to raise funds for Soi Dog UK

This September, Vienna-based translator and writer James Gray will be taking part in the Bupa Great North Run 2014, the world’s biggest half-marathon, to raise funds for Soi Dog UK.

The inaugural Great North Run was held in 1981, when less than 5,000 runners were expected to take part. Organisers were astounded when over 12,500 applied and over 10,000 of them completed the very first race. The Bupa Great North Run is now the blue ribbon event in the Great Run series, starting in Newcastle on Tyne and ending 13.1 miles later in South Shields. A record 56,000 entrants were accepted from over 122,000 applicants in 2013.

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Italian Language and Culture Centre SEMA

Cos’è l’Italia per voi?

Ah, Italy! What images does Italy conjure up for you? Fashion? Ferrari? Cappuccino? Gelato? Art and opera? Italy has long held a fascination for both me and my wife, especially since a good friend of ours introduced us to the Liguria several years ago.

This year, though, we decided to combine our vacation with a language course. My wife is already proficient in Italian, but for me it was a long overdue exercise. I love Italy, but with every holiday it becomes more and more frustrating not to be able to communicate in Italian and to have to stand there like an ignorant Englishman while my wife does all the talking. And what makes it all the more difficult is that the Liguria is really a region where it’s almost impossible to get by with English; the majority of tourists who visit the area are Italian.
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