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ITI-LRG Summer Garden Party

ITI-LRG Summer Garden Party

Guests relaxing at the Düzens' garden party.
Guests relaxing at the Düzens' garden party.
The host Yılmaz (centre) with LRG Committee member Fiona Franks (to his left) and other party guests.
The host Yılmaz (centre) with LRG Committee member
Fiona Franks (to his left) and other party guests.
Turkish Barbecue hosted by Yılmaz and Hannan Düzen

The ITI London Regional Network enjoyed its first summer party in the beautiful garden of Yılmaz Düzen, court intepreter and ITI Council member, as well as the LRG Interpreters' Representative.

The hosts' prayers were answered and the rain held off — we were even treated to a spectacular rainbow as dark clouds gave way to brilliant sunshine. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was without doubt some excellent food, expertly prepared and supplied by Yılmaz's local Turkish caterers. Some delicious traditional barbecued kebabs and salads were followed by baklava and not-so-traditional chocolate profiteroles, delicious nevertheless.

Yılmaz's beautifully tended garden suggests his skills go beyond the world of interpreting and that he has some very capable green fingers too. In this lovely setting, around 25 interpreters, translators and other linguists associated with the LRG all enjoyed a delightful evening.

Of great interest (and envy) to all the language professionals was Yılmaz's end-of-the-garden office, a converted wisteria-covered outhouse with all the mod cons required for running his business, and obviously an idyllic refuge from the rest of the house.

Next door was his garden shed, also very well equipped and, from the beautiful state of his garden, we wondered in which of the two outhouses he spends most time! The LRG thanks Yılmaz, his wife Hannan and his family for their excellent hospitality.

Richard Gray

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