Introduction for Dewines
For the last ten years, I have freelanced as a medical translator, translating into English out of a number of languages. I am not a linguist by training, but a biomedical scientist, so my forte is the fact I understand the content I translate, which is a massive step further than simply knowing the terminology. I moved to Wales some years ago and feel that the land has adopted me. Learning Welsh opens doors for me into Welsh-speaking Wales, which is a very special place indeed. I have become a regular visitor to the National Eisteddfod, where Ty Gwerin (the Folk House) is my second home. I love exploring the folk music of Wales, particularly the uplifting plygain carols. I also travel regularly over the border into England to play in the band of a West Gallery quire based in Bristol. My other great hobby, well, obsession really, is Egyptology. I am fascinated by the spirituality, religion and mythology of that long gone time. I am fortunate in that I was able to visit Egypt five times so far. This included being in the first larger group permitted to tour the Delta and another tour where we visited little-known places in Middle Egypt. Of course, I've seen all the main sites, with the exception of Abu Simbel. I hope one day to visit the site as part of a Lake Nasser cruise.