Your Fish Has Got Away and other Unusual Translations

There is something both pleasing and humbling about the varied metaphors.

As a suitable coincidence, the talented Neil Murton was inspired by the feast of St Cyril to write upon the same theme, albeit with a more metaphysical bent.

Nicholas C. Rossis

The original, short version of this post was written for the Book Marketing Tools blog. This longer version was written as a guest post for Vanessa Finaughty’s blog.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksOne of the best ideas of Douglas Adams had to be the Babelfish. Just stick it into your ear and presto – you can now understand all languages. One of the things that always made we wonder, though, was how Babelfish might translate terms. For example, if someone said their computer has crashed, would it conjure an image of a person flinging their PC out of a window?

Now, I may be Greek, but I can easily understand what someone means when they say that their computer has crashed or that they didn’t save their file. Our culture and education have taught us these things. What about the rest of humanity, though?

Enter a lovely Economist article, describing the pitfalls of translating cultural idioms. When Mozilla tried to…

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Magpie Tales: Magpie and the Apple Tree by Neil Murton

Ever tried to write an enthralling, thought-provoking, or even just workable story using exactly 100 words? Then you will know how impressive it is this is Murton’s third collection of them. After writing two other forewords, Murton has little to add about his stories. Instead, he challenges to the reader to write their own using … Continue reading Magpie Tales: Magpie and the Apple Tree by Neil Murton

What Garlic is to Salad, Insanity is to Art.

The very talented Neil Murton's Magpie Tales come out in paperback next week; to celebrate (and because I am on holiday, so didn't want to think too hard), today's post is about his latest 100-word story, 'Salad Days'. Which was inspired by this advertisement: His story opens with: I was eating salad, nervously.... Which, for … Continue reading What Garlic is to Salad, Insanity is to Art.

Magpie Tales: The Tale Of Magpie And Mr. Snow by Neil Murton

Like a literary sushi restaurant or speculative tapas bar, this collection offers the reader a story to fit any mood. This second collection in the Magpie Tales series contains 50 drabbles, chosen from the 220 stories Murton wrote between November 2012 and March 2014. As well as further tales of the eponymous trickster (including a … Continue reading Magpie Tales: The Tale Of Magpie And Mr. Snow by Neil Murton

Magpie Tales: The Magpie Who Stole The Sun by Neil Murton

Displaying both brutality and delicacy of touch, Murton demonstrates that, in life as well as art, “there’s no such thing as simple; there’s just complexity you choose to ignore.” This collection contains 50 drabbles, chosen from those Murton has published weekly since November 2012. As well as several fine tales of the eponymous trickster and … Continue reading Magpie Tales: The Magpie Who Stole The Sun by Neil Murton