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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta January I, 1974 THC LITHMIDOE HERALD -17 Sight often hinders performance Blind interpreter has advantage By ANDY ROY OTTAWA (CP) Interpreters, that rare group of people who orally translate one language into another, agree that when the going gets really tough, they close their eyes to avoid distraction. "Normand Desmarais is at an advantage not to men- tion the extra his law degree gives says one in- terpreter, referring to a blind colleague. Mr. Desmarais agrees that in his work, helping the federal government conduct its business in both official languages, being blind is no handicap. "I can work like anyone else he said in an interview. "You're called upon to use your hearing, your speech and your intelligence. Sight wouldn't anything except perhaps some distractions." Not only does his work over- come his blindness, which has been with him to some degree since birth before he became totally blind at the age of nine; it also gives the 38-year- old Gatineau, Que., resident the satisfaction of doing a dif- ficult job well. "Interpreting offers me Just another day for Lady Jane Lady Jane Wellesley, 22, only daughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington, leaves her house in the Fulham District of London on her way to work at an art gal- lery. Lady Jane, who spent New Year's Eve with Britain's Prince Charles and friends at Sandringham, the Queen's country estate, says she and the prince are "just good even though there is wide-spread speculation that they will marry. he said. "Some days I'm called upon to interpret committee hearings at a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. It breaks the monotony. "Nine-to-five work just isn't for me. "I've also served party caucus meetings. I get a great deal of satisfaction in the ad- vantage I have of working near those who govern." Prior to starting his career in interpreting in. 1971, Mr. Desmarais worked as a federal government translator for six years, translating English documents into French. "Translation was difficult and boring because I always felt he said. "I had to have a secretary a couple of days a week to tape the material for translation. "But even with that, it was so much better than stuffing mattresses or making brooms. When a man labors at making mattresses or brooms, he has the distinct impression that he does it because of blindness." HAS NO COMPLAINTS He seeks no sympathy. "People don't want to think of blindness and they don't un- he said. "They think they would rather be dead than blind. "Blindness is nothing to cry about. It won't go away. It's a matter of making the necessary adjustments, and that's it. Touch and hearing develop considerably to com- pensate in great measure for the loss of sight. "Your sense of smell develops to a lesser degree, but it can at least let you know when girls are around. Memory probably improves most. And necessarily, one has to develop an acute sense of direction." "I have this building (Centre Block of the Parlia- ment Buildings) well mapped out in my mind and can readi- ly find any room or anything I want. It's an ideal place to work. Unless I have a par- ticular problem people let me find my way. "We blind people want to be left alone to find our way. We don't want to be a burden to anyone." SOME HELP NEEDED He is. not entirely self- sufficient. "There are many obvious instances when we need help. If a desk is pushed into a cor- ridor we don't expect it to be there and of course it's a hazard. And crossing streets is difficult and dangerous. It would be foolish to attempt to cross a street alone." His most frustrating years came at 14 when he began a four-year wait to continue his education because there were no secondary schools for the blind. "I used to think that men were going miles underground to exploit resources and were ignoring resources right before their eyes. "But facilities now are readily available even at the university level here." Ottawa University has about 600 books taped in a program to provide facilities for the blind. More books are being taped each year and reference books dealing with almost any subject are available. Mr. Desmarais graduated from Ottawa University with a law degree at 28. Now that the demand for in- terpreters is increasing, un- iversities are offering courses. Montreal, Laurentian in Sudbury, Ont., and Ottawa offer translation courses with a year in interpretation, enough to qualify anyone with the talent, says Raymond Kobichaud, chief of the Com- mons interpreters. Although about half the government's interpreters were trained in Europe, the government has never con- ducted a hiring campaign there. GIANTESSES RARE Giantesses are rarer by far than giants. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services NMd Clothing, Furniture, Toys, HmiMhoM Effects 328-3MO For Pickup OR LEAVE AT 413 AVE. S. Brass rubbing 'auduous OTTAWA (CP) Janet Shea spent a lot of time last winter on her hands and knees in British churches pursuing her hobby of brass-rubbing. A brass rubber transfers impressions onto paper from the metal plates used in Europe for centuries as memorials to the dead. The plates, called monumental brasses, contain an engraving of the deceased, giving some indication of his or her occupation. They are usually not brass but an alloy of several metals. Brass rubbing isn't easy, says Mrs. Shea. Most memorials are found on the floors of churches, marking the tombs. "It's arduous work because to get a good impres- sion you have to rub very hard." A few brasses are attached to church walls. Mrs. Shea located a memorial to St. Thomas of Becket on a bell tower 40 feet off the ground. "The story has it that this one survived the vandalism after Henry VIH's break with the church because the king's men didn't have a ladder long enough to reach she said. "They were mainly made for comfortable middle class people. You won't find any kings, only a few bishops and no poor people." The memorials to be found in England date back to the 13th century. The custom died out by the early 18th cen- tury. Mrs. Shea says brass- rubbing has become a popular hobby with tourists. It is almost impossible to go into a church for the purpose of brass-rubbing without an ap- pointment. "There is usually a fee which can range from 60 cents to And if you're planning to sell your rubbing there's an additional fee." Mrs. Shea, a research assis- tant in Carleton University's sociology department, started doing brass rubbings as Christmas presents. "Now I'm hoping to recoup my ex- penses by selling them." In addition to the fees, brass-rubbers must buy special crayons and papers. "It's interesting to study changes in costume through the years and Mrs. Shea says, "and rubbings must have been a great help to historians. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: Twelve years ago I met a handsome, charming man. It was "love at first sight." I became preg- nant shortly after. His interest in me waned im- mediately but my family (and I) bulldozed him into marriage. (This was before il- legitimate children were Within four months he began running around with other women. He left me three times the following year. When he returned I became pregnant again. Six months later it was more of the same chasing young girls, leaving me whenever he felt like it. After another baby and more hell, I divorced him. Ten months to the day he came back on his knees. Imagine my joy when he an- nounced that he had finally recognized my worth and wanted me and his children back. (They are three of the loveliest kids in the It was like a fairy tale. I was walking on air. Two months later he was girl-chasing again this time publicly, humiliating me before family and friends. I filed for divorce again yesterday. The moral of this story is and you have said it often "An unwilling groom makes a rotten husband." I wish I had had that first child out of wedlock and let the bum go his own way, which is what he wanted to do. Keep telling it like it is, Annabelle. A Dwten Yean Watted Dear Doz: The way it is, you have those lovely children that you would NOT have had if it weren't for the bum. Look at it that way and go on from there. Dear Ann Landers: My mother-in-law invites us for dinner every Monday night. I have said yes for two years. These Monday night dinners are beginning to get to me. It's like I'm not even there. When I try to say something, they aren't interested. Either I am ig- nored or cut off in the middle of a sentence. My husband's 31-year-old sister, who hasn't had a date in ten years, is very unpleasant. No matter what I say, she takes the other side. I've told my husband how I feel and he says if I don't care for his family, I can stay home and he'll go without me. He also made it plain that he isn't exactly crazy about my people and if I don't go to his folks' house he won't go to mine. What do you say, Ann? The Invisible Daughter-In-Law Dear In: If you're smart you'll stop knocking his tribe and go with him. You've tried fighting them and it didn't work, so now you'd better join them. This comes under the heading of "compromise." No marriage can survive without it. EXCELLENT ADDITION 'Cooked snap beans make an excellent addition to canned stewed tomatoes. WeeWhimsy Sandra Ferster mil be HOI the original wt for her quota. Send your child'tquotation to thii paper. ADD MORE FLAVOR When preparing oven-fried chicken, add sesame seeds to the cornflake or breadcrumbs used in coating the chicken. Your.. Druggists in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE McCaffrey's Drug Store 418 13th StrMt North 327-2205 Thriftway Drugs 70213th StrMt North 327-0340 BLAIRMORE Michael Finn Pharmacy 562-2192 CARDSTON Temple City Drugs 271 Main StrMt 653-3842 CLARESHOLM Claresholm Pharmacy 4921 1st StrMt 235-3050 COALDALE Coaldale Pharmacy 1721 20th 345-3277 COLEMAN Coleman Pharmacy FORT MACLEOD Price's Rexall Drug 206 24th StrMt 234-3093 PICTURE BUTTE Price's Pharmacy 339 HhjIMMy N. 732-4431 TABER Johnson's Taber Drug Store 223-2231 VULCWitchell's Pharmacy _______rtmm 'Well Worth Looking For" AFTER CHRISTMAS SYLVANIA FLASHCUBES I 3 CUBES 12 FLASHES SUGG. LIST 1.80 MAGI CUBES 8fi 3CUBES uu 12 FLASHES I SUGG. 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