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Source text in English

Heathrow Airport is one of the few places in England you can be sure of seeing a gun. These guns are carried by policemen in short-sleeved shirts and black flak-jackets, alert for terrorists about to blow up Tie-Rack. They are unlikely to confront me directly, but if they do I shall tell them the truth. I shall state my business. I’m planning to stop at Heathrow Airport until I see someone I know. (...)

Astonishingly, I wait for thirty-nine minutes and don’t see one person I know. Not one, and no-one knows me. I’m as anonymous as the drivers with their universal name-cards (some surnames I know), except the drivers are better dressed. Since the kids, whatever I wear looks like pyjamas. Coats, shirts, T-shirts, jeans, suits; like slept-in pyjamas. (...)

I hear myself thinking about all the people I know who have let me down by not leaving early on a Tuesday morning for glamorous European destinations. My former colleagues from the insurance office must still be stuck at their desks, like I always said they would be, when I was stuck there too, wasting my time and unable to settle while Ally moved steadily onward, getting her PhD and her first research fellowship at Reading University, her first promotion.

Our more recent grown-up friends, who have serious jobs and who therefore I half expect to be seeing any moment now, tell me that home-making is a perfectly decent occupation for a man, courageous even, yes, manly to stay at home with the kids. These friends of ours are primarily Ally’s friends. I don’t seem to know anyone anymore, and away from the children and the overhead planes, hearing myself think, I hear the thoughts of a whinger. This is not what I had been hoping to hear.

I start crying, not grimacing or sobbing, just big silent tears rolling down my cheeks. I don’t want anyone I know to see me crying, because I’m not the kind of person who cracks up at Heathrow airport some nothing Tuesday morning. I manage our house impeccably, like a business. It’s a serious job. I have spreadsheets to monitor the hoover-bag situation and colour-coded print-outs about the ethical consequences of nappies. I am not myself this morning. I don’t know who I am.

The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 13 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 9 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (13 total; 9 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #6367
Fabio Said (X)
Fabio Said (X)
Գերմանիա
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
398 x43 x21 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.992.92 (24 ratings)3.05 (22 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 16 "like" tags
  • 10 users agreed with "likes" (40 total agrees)
  • 6 users disagreed with "likes" (7 total disagrees)
+5
seguramente verá armas
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-3
+4
2
mandar a loja da Tie Rack para os ares
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-1
+2
Dificilmente eu seria abordado por esses policiais
Flows well
Fernanda Rocha
-2
+2
1
multiuso
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-1
+2
como eu sempre havia previsto
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
estabelecer na vida
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+4
amizades travadas já na idade adulta
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
amizades travadas já na idade adulta
Flows well
Maria Eugenia Farre
+2
ocupações
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+3
corajosa até, e, por que não, máscula
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
identificando
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
situação
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
Entry #6964
Rafa Lombardino
Rafa Lombardino
Միացյալ Նահանգներ
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
337 x405 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.752.79 (24 ratings)2.70 (23 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 16 "like" tags
  • 7 users agreed with "likes" (34 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (3 total disagrees)
-1
empunhados
Good term selection
Escapes fr​om the "ca​rregados" ​= carried ​vs. loaded​ problem.
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-1
+1
procurando
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
plaquinhas
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+4
Desde que as crianças nasceram
Flows well
Fernanda Rocha
+2
destinos deslumbrantes
Flows well
Maria Eugenia Farre
+2
deslumbrantes
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-1
como eu disse que eles ficariam para o resto da vida
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
Os amigos adultos que fizemos mais recentemente
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+3
aviões voando lá em cima
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
o que eu escuto é a voz de um reclamão
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
que perde a compostura
Good term selection
Ótima solu​ção
Maria Eugenia Farre
+3
perde a compostura
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+5
em plena terça-feira
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
artigos impressos, identificados por código de cores
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
Entry #6589
José Ignacio Coelho Mendes Neto (X)
José Ignacio Coelho Mendes Neto (X)
Բրազիլիա
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
306 x43 x20
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.832.70 (20 ratings)2.95 (19 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 12 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (6 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (3 total disagrees)
de que verá
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-1
Direi a que venho.
Good term selection
inactiveprofile
Nem uma sequer
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-2
+1
Desde a infância
Good term selection
Tricky cho​ice, the o​riginal is​ dubious, ​a great wa​y out!
José Henrique Lamensdorf
como eu sempre disse
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
empregos
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
fichas
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
Entry #7457
Silvio Picinini
Silvio Picinini
Միացյալ Նահանգներ
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
102 x402 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.532.43 (21 ratings)2.63 (19 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 3 users entered 13 "like" tags
  • 6 users agreed with "likes" (28 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (6 total disagrees)
-2
+5
2
gravatas da Tie-Rack
Good term selection
Creative c​hoice to e​xpain what​ Tie-Rack ​is.
José Henrique Lamensdorf
A chance de me confrontarem diretamente é mínima
Flows well
Maria Eugenia Farre
+3
Para minha surpresa
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+3
Desde que as crianças nasceram
Flows well
Fernanda Rocha
+2
Ouço meu próprio pensamento. Penso
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
como eu sempre disse que estariam
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
de forma segura e constante
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+3
Até mesmo corajoso, sim, másculo, ficar em casa com as crianças.
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-2
+1
matraca infinitamente a se lamentar
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+1
Sem fazer caretas, sem soluçar
Flows well
José Henrique Lamensdorf
+2
situação
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
-1
+2
relatórios codificados por cor
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
Entry #7619
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
102 x41 x20
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.001.00 (4 ratings)1.00 (4 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • No "like" tags
Entry #7628
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
101 x42 x22 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.712.62 (21 ratings)2.80 (20 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 2 "like" tags
  • 2 users agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
-1
1
e não avisto um único conhecido sequer
Flows well
Fernanda Rocha
+2
as crianças nasceram
Good term selection
José Henrique Lamensdorf
Entry #6169
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
71 x41 x21 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.781.80 (5 ratings)1.75 (4 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 1 user entered 2 "like" tags
escrivaninhas
Good term selection
Maria Eugenia Farre
são mais amigos da Ally do que meus
Flows well
Maria Eugenia Farre
Entry #7009
Juliano Martins
Juliano Martins
Բրազիլիա
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
603 x20
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.802.00 (5 ratings)1.60 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • No "like" tags
Entry #7760
Heloísa Ferdinandt
Heloísa Ferdinandt
Միացյալ Նահանգներ
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
2002 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry1.501.60 (5 ratings)1.40 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • No "like" tags


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