Harold W. Vadney III is a wannabe translator who lies about his credentials. In August 2007, I exposed him on the now-defunct Network of Independent Linguists’ Discussion Forum. He has now set up a blog devoted to telling lies about me and others. This is my reply. To comment or for further information write to Richard_Benham_AU-StopVadneysLies[at]yahoo.com.

Friday, 18 January 2008

More lies, Haroldkins? Will you ever give up?

The Vadney has just added another post about Clare Lorimer’s departure from the IoL. It is news to me, but then I had next to no contact with her, other than to enquire about Vadney’s claimed membership of the IoL—a claim which, even on Vadney’ own self-serving account, was never anything other than a barefaced lie. Maybe she got another job; maybe she decided to devote herself to motherhood and domestic bliss; maybe, just maybe, she got sacked at the Vadney’s instance for correctly telling me that Vadney wasn’t an MIL.... Yeah, and maybe pigs will fly.

Then we have this whopper of a porky:

The Chartered Institute of Linguists has asked for information to assist in investigating Benham, who claims to be a member of the cIoL, and Horne, who appears not to be a member of anything at all.
[Comic colour effects in original omitted.]

First of all, let me say that I have never claimed to be member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. As I have previously mentioned, on this very blog, I have some fundamental differences with them. On a couple of occasions, I have downloaded the membership application form, with a view to trying to reform the system from within, but I have never proceeded with an application.

Secondly, how credible is the claim that the IoL “has asked for information to assist in investigating” Mr Horne and me? Why would they even want to investigate either of us? I am remined of the man who wrote to his local council with some suggestions, and received the reply that, if the council wanted his opinion, they would ask for it. So he told his friends he had been appointed an “honorary consultant”. If there is any truth at all in Vadney’s assertion (and he has some familiarity with the tactical ruse of interspersing his torrent of lies with the occasional half-truth as a diversion), then it can only be along the lines that he sent them a typical Vadney farrago of lies, and they responded (maybe not in quite these words) “If you have any evidence for your assertions, please provide it; otherwise bugger off!”

By the way, the Vadney earlier claimed I was being “investigated” by DegreeChk.com. This is, to put it politely, another Vadney fantasy. If DegreeChk.com were to investigate me for, as alleged by Vadney, falsely claiming to have his permission to use his details, the very first thing they would have done would be to contact me and ask me whether I had any evidence of this permission. Of course they didn’t investigate me. The Vadney’s accusations, once again, are as contemptible as the Vadney himself. Serious businesses don’t have time for crackpots.

1 comment:

Richard D. Benham said...

Here I go again, commenting on my own blog. But it seems a bit extravagant to create a new entry just to make a minor addition, and perhaps not quite in the spirit of things to make substantive alterations to an existing entry.

It has been suggested to my (by email) that the Vadney is obviously crazy. I think that making up lies about totally immaterial topics is evidence of that, or maybe of something more sinister.

Why did the Vadney say I’d claimed to be a member of the IoL? What difference would it make if I had so claimed? Was it trying to lay the groundwork for calling me a fraud? This is either frankly suicidal or a giveaway that the Vadney intends to go bankrupt in order to avoid its liability for all the lawsuits it is about to lose....

About Me

I am a professional translator in the combinations French>English and German>English. I hold qualifications from the University of Adelaide (BA, DipCompSc), the Australian National University (LittB), the University of Geneva (Certificat de spécialisation en linguistique), and the the UK-based Institute of Linguists (Diploma in Translation for both my language combinations). I am an implacable opponent of bullshit in all its forms.