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Thread poster: Ty Kendall

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:39
Hebrew to English
Jul 18, 2013

I just saw this tongue-in-cheek blog post via the Facebook page of "Translators Anonymous" and thought it was very familiar:

Dear Electricity & Gas Providers,

I’m writing to you because I’ve been given your name by a mutual friend / saw your stuff and really loved it. I’m currently looking for someone to heat and light my house, and was wondering if you’d be interested in doing it?

Unfortunately, there is no pay at this time, but it’s a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor as in the future I hope to be heating and lighting ever-bigger houses. It’s also a great chance to showcase your work to the sorts of demi-celebrities I spend much of my life with.

You’d be boiling the tea for Darren Strange who was in Parents on Sky1. You’d be powering the phone calls I make to all sorts of household name comedians, all of whom would be exposed to your work that way. You’d be powering tweets that are occasionally retweeted by Josie Long and Mark Thomas!

While I understand the remuneration might not be quite what you’re hoping for, I hope you’ll be excited by the opportunity to be a part of the incredible project that is my household. It’s going to be huge!

I can also offer you drinks if you’re ever in town, and tickets to an exclusive viewing of the work you do in our house next time you come to check the meter.

I know you’ll be as excited by this as I am!


Nathaniel Tapley



JaneD  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:39
Member (2009)
Swedish to English
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Reminded me of the sublime Mr Scalzi's approach Jul 18, 2013

(Warning - strong language)



Lena Nemeth  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:39
Member (2010)
Polish to English
This makes me feel better Jul 18, 2013

Hello JaneD,

This actually makes me feel a lot better about my forum post "Email notification of a reduction in rates from a translation agency"! At least they aren't asking us to work for free! Every cloudicon_smile.gif


Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:39
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Thanks, Jane... Led me to this rant by Harlan Ellison. Jul 18, 2013

(more strong language)

Edited to add this link:

[Edited at 2013-07-18 13:21 GMT]


Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:39
English to Polish
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Good stuff Jul 22, 2013


LegalTranslatr2  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:39
Portuguese to English
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Love it! Jul 23, 2013

"It's the amateurs who make it tough for the professionals..." "I sell my soul, but at the highest rates"

"She said 'Everybody else is doing it for free.' Well, everyone else may be an ^&*@#@#@, but not me"

Suzan Hamer wrote:

(Warning - strong language)

(more strong language)

[Edited at 2013-07-23 14:00 GMT]


Heather McCrae  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:39
German to English
lovely Jul 24, 2013

I wish everyone was as direct and forthright in life, it would make things a lot easiericon_smile.gif


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