Poll: If you had to work from an office on a desert island which one of the following would you take?
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Teresa Borges
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I presume it will be a desert island with good Internet access and electricity. Then, I’ll take my dog, all my opera CDs and all the books I wanted to read but I haven’t had enough time to…

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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It depends on ... May 8

whether or not the Internet is available. Without the Internet, I would definitely want to have as many references as possible. A truclkoad of dictionaries, glossaries, style manuals, almanacs, linguistics articles, and the like. I still have just that on shelves in my office left over from the good old days, though I consult them less and less. If there was down time, I could browse through the books. And of course tools to work with. Am I allowed a computer? If not, then a typewriter, of course.

If the island as wi-fi and I have a computer, then I wouldn't need anything else. A dog would be nice, but not my current dog. She's too high-maintenance.


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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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Lots of books May 8

I would take lots of books, since I am an avid bookworm.

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Carla Catolino
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I would bring something not work related.... May 8

my husband and kids who are my biggest supporters and without them life is boring!

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Like Teresa, my desert island would have good Internet access and electricity, as well as plenty of supplies of food and drink. Flippers and a snorkel would be handy, and plenty of factor 50 suncream.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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My pet(s) May 8

Just in case I get fed up with coconuts and mussels

Philippe


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Concepción Martín  Identity Verified
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Tools May 8

In my spare time I like to work with my hands, so I would need a good assortment of tools (painting, carpentry, gardening, sewing and spinning...).

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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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Pets... May 8

Philippe Etienne wrote:

Just in case I get fed up with coconuts and mussels

Philippe


You are going to eat them?


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Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
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My music .... al instruments May 8

I didn't tick "my music" but "other" ... my musical instruments, please.

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The Misha
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My bourbon and cigars May 8

Well, duh...

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As there is only one option to choose,so I chose my music but if given more options I would love to May 8

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Since the question mentions an "office", I'm supposing that includes my computer and an internet connection, otherwise it wouldn't be possible to work. In that case, what I need to work is already included: my TMs, TBs, documents, software and music in my PC, and the web connection. I need nothing else to work well (books, materials, non-virtual stuff whatsoever).
So, I'd probably take my wife along, since there are certain things the virtual world will not give you, and being alone will surely lead to insanity very soon.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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What would you spend your income on? May 8

Assuming that there would be no supermarkets, no restaurants, no hotels, no houses ... I think I'd have far more basic needs than how to do my current job. I'd want a "desert island survival kit". Gardening tools and seeds, cookware, DIY tools, and lots of user guides. I doubt there would be any real leisure time, but some novels and writing materials would be nice to have.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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First things first May 10

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:
You are going to eat them?

If necessary, without the slightest afterthought: I need to survive to deliver translations on time from my desert island, otherwise there is no point in the poll question.
As nothing is clarified about natural resources in that desert island, I may have to leave my highly civilised manners in the changing room to survive, or simply balance my diet somehow.

And if there is enough healthy food available there, I could pat pets instead.

Philippe

DISCLAIMER: no book was hurt or otherwise prejudiced in this post.


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