Guess Who Lloyd Bingham Capital Translations

Hello, followers!
It’s Tuesday again! This means today we are going to meet my new guest!
Come in! Come in! Make yourself at home!
Welcome, Lloyd!
Thank you for accepting my invitation and being the first man of the new season visiting my coffeece. I hope you will enjoy the chat and the coffee, of course.
I take this opportunity to thank you for having me as one of your guests for the “Translators On…” series you ran on your blog. It has been a real pleasure for me. I know, we haven’t met in person, yet, but I hope it will happen soon! There are a lot of events I would like to take part in, so who knows? Maybe, we will make it someday! 😊

Ok! Time to start!
As per usual, I am going to ask you six sets plus a Bonus Qs section of questions covering your personal profile rather than the professional one. Today, you are going to answer the first three sets, then on Thursday the remainder of them.

Are you ready? I am, so… let me take my papers, and… let’s start!


• What’s your full name?
Lloyd William Joseph Bingham. I quite like having two middle names as it’s quite rare amongst native English speakers and makes me sound rather noble! William runs in the family, but my parents added Joseph for some reason.

• What do you do for a living?
▷ When people ask what I do, I don’t say I’m a translator, I tell them I run a translation business. Not only does this give due credit to the business side of the job, but I find it invites more curiosity and allows me to better explain everything my work entails.

• When is your birthday? I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable with this question, so if you like I just would like to know your birth month or at least your birth season…
17th June – in fact there’s an avenue in Berlin named after my birthday! [ ** So… you are noble! Hahaha 😊😂 ** ]

• How tall are you? (*We all know who is taking notes…*)
▷ I can’t remember the last time I measured myself and I don’t have a tape measure handy, so I can only describe myself quite unhelpfully as ‘average height’. I do recall Lucy Brooks of eCPD Webinars, when we met for the first time, remarking I was taller than she had imagined.

• Zodiac – what’s your sign?
▷ Gemini, although I’m not a believer in astrology. Plus it has the unfortunate association with a band of the same name that holds the title of the worst-scoring UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. 

• Where do you live?
Cardiff – the city I was born and grew up in. But I studied in Newcastle and have lived in Toulouse, Munich, Alicante and Northumberland (in rural north-east England). I’ve loved everywhere I’ve lived but I’m glad to be back in Cardiff. Like many of the other great industrial cities like Manchester and Birmingham, it has changed a lot (for the better) in the last fifteen or so years and feels truly European whilst retaining its native Welsh charm. Plus there’s a large community of freelance translators here.

• What’s your favourite colour?
▷ It used to be silver and I had my bedroom painted that colour as a teenager. Then it was like a royal blue for a while. Now it’s a sleek, professional black when complemented by other colours, as reflected in my brand identity.

• When you were young what would you like to become when you grow up?
Commercial pilot! I loved flying and even joined the Air Cadets, but my love for language had too firm a grip on me for this dream to be realised. And it doesn’t help that I don’t like heights. 

• Do you like animals? Have you got any pets?
▷ I love cats. My cat Daisy died in summer 2015, but she did live for 19 years. [ **OMG! I love cats, too! I’m so sorry for your loss… I named my car after Daisy as in Daisy Duck and the flower – I love daisies. 😊✨🐱** ]


• Coffee or tea?
Coffee comes first but I do like tea as well. I rarely drink typical English tea (builder’s tea). Call me weird but I like drinking different tea depending on the season, for example Chai in the autumn (the spices go well with darker evenings), Lapsang Souchong in the winter (lovely smoky flavour of burning wood), Earl Grey in the spring and Lady Grey (like Earl Grey but with orange) in the summer as it’s a lot lighter. No milk in my tea!

• Day or night?
▷ Both. Each has its own unique ambiance.

• Sea or mountain?
▷ Generally the sea. Splashing about in rough waves with the salt air getting up your nose makes you feel truly alive. But then again so does skiing down a snow-covered mountain.

• Early bird or namastay in bed?
▷ I love a good lie-in, but then feel bad about wasting half the day.

• Have you ever played an instrument? If yes, which one? If no, have you got a favourite instrument or would you like to learn how to play one?
Violin for about a year. Wasn’t for me. I’ve always wanted to be able to play the drums, but have never done anything about it. Plus the drummer never gets any attention or makes it big. Except Phil Collins maybe. And Dave Grohl of course. [ ** Yup! You have a point! ** ]

• Favourite food
▷ Curry! Love it. My other half doesn’t east spicy food though, so it’s a rare treat.

• Do you like cooking? If yes, what’s your specialty?
▷ Not particularly. In the past I’ve cooked a good paella though.

• Clean-shaven, stubble, mustache or beard?
▷ Bit of stubble. I look prepubescent clean-shaven and a right scruff with a beard

• Sporty or lazybones?
▷ Sporty. I do alright. I play badminton twice a week and have been known to go running and swimming. I tend to go to the gym for a certain period of time, then pack it in, and start back up months later.

• What’s your favourite book and the last one you read/you’re reading?
▷ The most recent one I read was Watching the English by Kate Fox. It’s about 10 years old but still entirely relevant and illustrates how bizarre (in a good way) the English are. For example, not only do they like a good queue, there are also invisible queues at the pub. Also, which way up you hold a fork is an indicator of class apparently.


• Do you consider yourself a geek?
I wouldn’t, but my fiancée would. Languages are considered geeky, in the English-speaking world at least, but I don’t do anything else nerdy. I do regular blokey stuff too like go to the pub and play on the Playstation. I don’t like football though, if that counts against me.

• Pc or Mac?
▷ PC. Nothing against Macs, though. Except they’re overpriced.

• If you have a smartphone, Android, iOS, or Windows?
▷ That said, iOS. I’ve had an iPhone for over four years and never want to go back to Android.

• If you use social media, which is your favourite one?
Twitter. Facebook is on the decline now, I reckon. Too much trolling and too many huge fallouts over nothing. I find Twitter much better for forging professional links.

• Are you a gamer?
▷ Not really.

• If yes, what’s your favourite video game of all time?
▷ My guilty pleasure is Grand Theft Auto.

Thank you for your thorough answers! You are very chatty and I would like to talk to you more today, but time is up. What a pity! I am sure our audience will be here on Thursday to get to know more about you and your life. I certainly will be waiting for you to come back and show us your true colours. I am very curious! 😊

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Who’s Lloyd? ▷ Lloyd Bingham runs Capital Translations in Cardiff, UK, working from French, German, Spanish and Dutch into English. A former in-house translator, he specialises in marketing and business. Lloyd is unhealthily passionate about encouraging translators to become more immersed in their industry and delivers presentations on how they can use Twitter to engage with their colleagues. Recently, he has campaigned for maintaining professional standards in translators’ behaviour online and turning the tide against client and colleague bashing in order to find solutions to the issues in our profession instead. Lloyd is a qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.