About me


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I called my blog ‘This Bug’s Life’ because sometimes I feel like a cockroach squashed under the Shoe of Life, but mostly I feel like a bumblebee – bumblebees are unable to fly but no one told them that, so they do it anyway!

I am South African – a former university lecturer in journalism and media studies, now working as a language specialist (teacher, coach, mentor, speechwriter, editor, proofreader) and translator in Stockholm, Sweden. I mainly work teaching people in positions of power to talk about Sweden and how it works, in English.

I love animals (particularly cats and South African Boerboels), English, languages, stationery, handbags, fashion, beauty products, useless information, and bungy-jumping so you can see plenty of those on my blog.

I am always willing to oblige requests for posts and answer any questions I can, so feel free to contact me at janet.carr AT gmail.com or use the contact form below.

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8 replies

  1. hello janet carr i’m from mexico, my teacher told me that i needed to study the phonetic and i watched your site, i love it! i hope that you help me to learn very much about it. thank you.

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  2. I love the bumble bee because they’re a wonder of nature, with a body so big how his little wings are able to take flight amazes me. xxx

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  3. First time visiting your site. You seem like such an interesting person! Was making homemade candles and someone requested turquoise but I only had aqua dye. Your answer and side by side photos were very helpful. Thank you

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  4. Hello, I think I’ve seen one of your photos used elsewhere: https://www.mayfair-london.co.uk/blog/get-organised-with-a-filofax-this-january/01/2014/
    Maybe you gave permission, but I didn’t see a credit.

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