On 20th June I attended a meeting of the ITI’s Thames Valley Regional Group. I have been a member since I set out on the freelance translator journey in 2000. Because of holidays and other events four meetings a year has now become three. The meetings are in the afternoon but sometimes one of the members organises a walk in the morning and lunch at a local pub. The most recent meeting was in Tackley, a small village near Oxford.
The train journey from Blackwater to Tackley via Reading and Oxford was just an hour and a half. Having calculated that it would take about the same time to do the journey by car, I opted for the more environmentally friendly form of transport. Not only did the journey run smoothly with no delays but the village of Tackley itself was an absolute delight.
We met at the village shop, entirely run and staffed by local people, where we enjoyed tea and croissants before setting off on our walk. The walk took us through the fields and then across the canal at a lock before returning along the towpath and eventually back to the village via the station. Apart from one short downpour we were lucky with the weather. A few more people joined us for a very pleasant, beautifully presented and reasonably priced lunch at the local pub. The main event of the meeting was a talk by Doug Lawrence of Amicus about websites for freelance translators. I learned about landing pages and got a better idea about the purpose of meta tags and how to use them.
As a result of this talk I have made some changes to my website and focussed on my specialist areas: Geography (environment, ecology, rural and urban development etc.), Law, History and Archaeology. I have made 3 pages, one for each subject area. I decided to join some professional organisations that reflected these specialist interests including the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, as an affiliate, and the Council for British Archaeology. Since then I have been giving some thought to the connections between these areas and language. I intend to explore some of these in subsequent posts on this site.