May 4, 2022 Marc

I published The Last British President on Amazon/KDP in Feb 2019 and I always hoped to get it translated into Spanish eventually, because the plot is mainly set in Buenos Aires, where I live. I had considered Babelcube, but I wasn’t happy about the lack of face to face, not to mention the commission. My first attempt to have it translated was through a bilingual friend in October 2019, but the standard of translation was very poor indeed (too literal), so we had to end that arrangement in March 2020 and put it down to…

July 22, 2021 Marc

  It’s worth pointing out first that I managed to acquire my initial A2 license up to 300cc without taking a test, but I had to hold that category for 2 years before upgrading. The first thing I did was to go online, book an available time (turno) and was then reminded that the process cannot go ahead if I have any outstanding tickets for motoring offences. I was then directed to two different sites and to my delight I found that I was clean both nationally, provincially and in the Fed capital (a different country in its own right…

July 22, 2021 Marc

The national identity card (DNI) is a component of Argentine DNA from cradle to grave in a similar way that a Brit feels to sailing the seven seas or strolling to the pub at opening time. Renewing, or at least trying to renew the ID card. The national identity card (DNI) is a component of Argentine DNA from cradle to grave in a similar way that a Brit feels to sailing the seven seas or strolling to the pub at opening time. In fact babies are issued with a DNI almost at the moment of birth and I’ve even heard…

July 22, 2021 Marc

This appears to be what our neighbours are doing, but let me explain. A few years ago they replaced the traditional Spanish style roof tiles with black corrugated aluminium sheeting which was not only ugly but apparently leaked even more than the tiles and so they decided to take drastic action. They have moved out for six months and the builders moved in last Monday, furiously knocking down walls and gable ends because apparently, the plan is to now give the house a flat roof. Not only that, they intend to rebuild the first floors and add extra rooms. I…

July 21, 2021 Marc

  There’s been a delay in the Spanish version, but I’m hoping to publish El Ultimo Presidente Ingles sometime in October 2021, when it will be available in paperback and Kindle versions. This is due to having to change horses mid-stream as my original translator went walkabout. I’m lucky to have found a truly professional translator here in Buenos Aires. She understands the nuances of translation, not to mention the subtle differences in South American Spanish vs Castilian. UPDATE Now due for publication in late January or early February 2022.

July 21, 2021 Marc

Whether gel or lead acid, you’d be lucky to get more than two years use from them, but I’m trying with a new gel. Like everyone, I try to squeeze as much life out of my purchases as I can, especially here in Argentina, but no matter how much TLC I give my bike batteries, they always give up the ghost after 18 months. I once managed to stretch one out to 2 years, but that must have been a fluke. This, in spite of me checking the fluid levels religiously and not leaving the ignition on etc. If kept…

July 20, 2021 Marc 1Comment

  I know we’ve all been there and done that, but picture the scene… Dozens of passengers, dazed, sweaty and with eyes propped open with match sticks, shuffle en masse a la Walking Dead, in the general direction of SALIDA. The procession comes to a grinding halt at immigration, where you are met with line after line of yet more zombies, sans air conditioning and 13 hours in the air seems a mere trifle against the interminable welcome of Ezeiza. Having ticked all the right boxes with the passport official who couldn’t seem to give a damn anyway and totally…

July 20, 2021 Marc

From June 2014 – a customs odyssey So a mate of mine in Texas posts me a pair of sunglasses as a gift in January and a few days later he asks me if they’ve arrived yet. That was the funny part. Having almost given up on them by March, I ride down to the main postal centre in Buenos Aires and queue up for an hour with everyone else, only to be told no dice without an advice note from the postman. I also zoom down to the local post office, but their system is down….again. So I phone…