Mostly work update. Will set up filters one day, promise...
On the downside, celebrations of end of Open University marking year were rudely interrupted by The Student Who Sent Me Four Assignments Two Weeks After the Final Deadline. (There are only 6 compulsory assignments for the whole year!) He does have considerable "Additional Requirements", but since he has refused all contact since June, I had kind of assumed he'd dropped out. I'm glad he got his act together and finished the course, but I could really do without the last-minute extra work.
On the upside, I've been up to my elbows in paint - whle listening to "Rogues Gallery "courtesy of tamaranth
- and we now have a mostly green and cream shower room. This is a big improvement on the previous decor, which combined chipboard, bare plaster, and filth. (Two years after moving into this house, I'm still looking for a plausible explanation of why one of the previous occupants nailed lumps of blutack to the walls.)
On the weird side, this passage from a recent translation job:It is possible to massage the urethra carefully, first extruding the penis and inserting the little finger through the rectum. As a rule, this procedure will require the cat to be sedated or anaesthetised.
I think it's "as a rule" that makes it really special.
This is now officially the most disturbing sentence I've translated, easily displacing this previous winner, which came from a German forensic report. (It helps if you read it in a B-movie Nazi accent.)Skin, flesh and bone have very little impact on a bullet travelling at speed.