Jo Rourke
Jo Rourke is a freelance writer and translator. Nosy, talkative and never far from a notebook – the spoken and written word are her passions. She’s contributes to online blogs and news sites and writes her own blog on her company website

Entries by Jo Rourke

You Are Still You

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2016 | (16:34)

To all the Mums, Mummies, Mamas, Moms, Mothers, Mas, Mommies and Mommas,

You are still you.

At 3am, walking the hall with a baby who just will not go the **** to sleep. You are still you.

When your baby takes their first stuttering, wavy armed steps across the room...

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Why It's Not Wrong to Say 'Show Me the Money!'

(1) Comments | Posted 21 January 2016 | (13:56)

After years of freelancing, I officially launched Silver Tongue in 2013. I had a grand reason for it. The grandest. The greatest. I was going to set an example. I was going to be a role model. I was going to...cringe, thinking of all the people I fervently...

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Write Right, Right?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (23:22)

I write a lot. Some of it even makes it on paper. By paper I obviously mean MS Word or the notes section on my iPhone. Conservative estimate, I'd say I've written about 150,000 words in the last month. How much of this has made the messy, bloody passage into...

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Why You Need a Language Partner to Take Your Business Global

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (23:55)

This may seem like a fairly obvious title, but I'll break it down anyway. If you're going to go global, that means taking your business to international markets. These markets might start off being close to you geographically - for example, a UK company may decide to break into Europe,...

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Languages Are Sick

(1) Comments | Posted 11 February 2014 | (21:42)

The Winter Olympics in Sochi have provided many an occasion for emotion; from tears at Britain's first medal, thanks to Jenny Jones, to heart-in-mouth gasps at pretty much any move executed on the rails in slopestyle events. For a language geek like me, it's also been...

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Project Unbreakable: For Shame

(2) Comments | Posted 19 January 2012 | (23:00)

Despite deadlines, demands and general downheartedness, on a typical weekday morning, I am not usually taken to weeping into my tea. Neither am I often seething with rage, nor humbled, or in awe, or heartbroken - all of which I was as I gazed at my screen this morning. The...

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Inappropriate Women of Twitter

(14) Comments | Posted 16 November 2011 | (22:00)

Clubs, pubs and bars often have restrictions on whom to allow through their doors - under 18s, smokers and those wearing sports shirts are usually off the guest list. Considering that admitting punters who meet these criteria would mean that the establishment would be breaking the law, risking offence or...

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Dear Wannabe Well-Knowns

(0) Comments | Posted 19 October 2011 | (00:00)

So you want to be famous. For many young women, thoughts of singing, dancing, acting and entrepreneuring their way to the top are common routes, but for others among you, although these careers have all flashed through your mind, it seems that you might be tempted to settle for just,...

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Quick quick slow

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2011 | (13:45)

For the last month or so, life has been pretty frenetic; work has been cranking up again as the world and his wife comes back from holidays, I've been travelling a lot on various trips and the calendar is so full that I've had to resort to uttering the horrifically...

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Because We're Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2011 | (20:08)

It's a weighty issue - the issue of weight. It's constantly in the news - skinny celebs, "plus-sized" models, childhood obesity on the rise, and on a worldwide scale it seems to be mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fattest of them all?

We often hear that our...

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Together we stand

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (14:08)

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post called Maybe It's Because You're a Londoner - it was a bit controversial, to be honest - in it I discussed my shock at the rather indifferent reaction some Londoners had to a suicide on the...

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The Art of Being a Wingwoman

(8) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (00:00)

Women like to do things together - go to the bathroom, try things on, drink wine, hunt. We're pack animals - always have been, always will be. When it comes to pursuing potential mates though, it's best to employ the services of just one or two focused, highly trained professionals....

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To Learn is to Live

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2011 | (13:16)

As the summer marches ever onwards and results season looms for thousands of students, there will be many nervous teenagers and families around the UK. No change there. However, in the years to come, parents might be worried for a different reason. I looked up the definition of "education" in...

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(6) Comments | Posted 24 July 2011 | (14:49)

As it says in my one line bio above, by day I work in the field of sustainability. I actually had to fight the urge there not to put the word in inverted commas à la most people who introduce me at meetings. It turns out that if you work...

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"Maybe It's Because You're a Londoner"

(8) Comments | Posted 23 July 2011 | (00:00)

For anybody living, working or passing through London these days, the title phrase of this piece is a common sight in tube stations. For anyone who hasn't seen it, this tagline comes from the CBS Outdoor Londoner campaign, apparently demonstrating to the world how fab and forward thinking...

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Let's Be Honest With Ourselves About Hackgate

(11) Comments | Posted 21 July 2011 | (00:00)

#Hackgate #NOTW #Murdoch - if you're on Twitter these are the go-to hashtags for proving you've got your finger on the political pulse. If you're on any news site, you're urged to visit the live streaming of events; the latest resignation, confession, lawsuit. My view on the whole debacle? Disgraceful,...

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