November 25, 2016

Discover how our language and consultancy services helped our English client transform their uninhabited villa into a beautiful holiday home.

Don't worry, that's not how we left it...

At Bastian Contrarian, we don’t just get asked to provide proofreading, copywriting or...

November 25, 2015


From day one I wanted to be an Art Director.


In 1976, having just completed my Advertising and Design degree at Manchester Polytechnic, I made the leap into London armed with an A to Z Street-finder and a long list of agency phone numbers.


It was easy to get in front...




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We're looking for guest bloggers who have interesting articles on SEO, analytics, graphic design, advertising, marketing and content management software or similar themes that we can publish on the Bastian Contrarian blog....

When to avoid or accept doing a translation test.


Most translators will probably face this dilemma at some point in their career. In the fifteen plus years I've been working as a freelancer, I’ve been asked to do tests on several occasions. But should you do them?



October 27, 2015


"Our reality is destined to vanish into nothingness. I can do nothing to save you."



Damnation Books has just announced its plans to launch Alberto Büchi's new book,

Frontier Wanderer on the 1st November 2015. 


It's not every day you get...

October 1, 2015


We love writing original content and we also love working with start-ups. Here's a recent press release we wrote for Kathaline Page-Guth, a new, online brand of luxury jewellery that launched last month.


I wish we were in Florence to pop open a bottle of champagne w...

Hello again, folks. It's been a busy, yet exciting week at Bastian Contrarian


In fact, I've been working on some 'Top Secret' projects: 


The translation of two screenplays (one a black comedy and the other a dark, dystopian tale, based in an obscure but not too dista...

September 10, 2015

The summer is over - "Summer? What summer?", some of you may ask - and the new season of Italian conversation lessons has begun at the Ramada Hotel bar, in Solihull.



Ciao a tutti!


Tonight's lesson was really good fun and we also welcomed two new students to the beginn...

September 5, 2015

Yes, I know, it's been ages...


It's been a long time since I posted something on the Bastian Contrarian blog and it's really been bugging me. But, alas, there's only one of me and they don't provide personal cloning services - well not just yet, anyway...


So, I just th...

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