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Pigeon Courtship

A translation I’m currently working on has me researching the mating rituals of pigeons. The things one finds oneself doing as a translator can appear perplexing at times, but such is the wonderful world of translation. Blue_Rock_Pigeon_I4_IMG_3038

I was so moved by this description of pigeon courtship that I felt compelled to share:

“Pigeons are monogamous and pair for life, and when one of the partners dies or goes missing, the other will eventually search for a new mate. Pigeons are dedicated parents and therefore have a strong bond with one another. Amongst paired pigeons, the courtship display is performed to reaffirm and reinforce the bond between them.”


I couldn’t have put it better myself if I spoke pidgin!

Tchin Tchin: Young Professionals Networking Event (FACCI)

Keen to meet more French entrepreneurs and start-ups in Australia, I went along to this networking event for the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI). The soirée featured a talk by Simon Lenoir, founder & CEO of the independent software company Rezdy.


With the rather tall Simon Lenoir, founder and CEO of Rezdy

I’m always intrigued by where you might find French people living and working in Australia; what brought them here and the ways in which they are making a life for themselves so far from home. The story of what first brought Simon all the way from Grenoble to Australia as a back packer and how his experiences as a tour operator gave rise to the idea for Rezdy, an online tool for booking activities, is no exception.

Simon’s own personal account of the challenges he faced on the road to entrepreneurialism is refreshing. I particularly appreciated his small piece of advice (paraphrased by me): if you have an idea don’t be afraid to share it. The more you share your idea the bigger and better it will get and the more it will become a reality. That’s the best advice I’ve received in a long time.


International Food and Culture Day, 23 July

On Thursday I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with two wonderful not-for-profit organisations from the Illawarra. The Housing Trust who work to provide the community with housing and support¸ teamed up with WP_20150723_006Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF) to host International Food and Culture Day. I went along to see how I could get involved.

And for a slice of the cake, of course.

That was after the traditional Iraqi and Burmese lunch was served, along with entertainment from the Keira High Diamonds singing group, Balinese dancing and Iraqi rapper Saif Ali.


Me with Iraqi rapper Saif and Congolese DJ, producer and actor Allen


An inspiring event, with three interpreters (Serbian, Arabic and Farsi) – this is an organisation that really cares about reaching the communities it is engaged with.

The people who run these organisations are full of passion and dedication for what they do, it’s infectious to be around! And to top it all off, at the end of the day they sent me on my way with a bag full of lightbulbs, which I later learnt to be an energy saver pack. Now that’s always a bonus.