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Another day in Spanish paradise

Just to prove that it’s not ALL sun in Spain – it’s been a rainy day today. We’re currently fighting with the jacussi people as the jacussi has died, or rather, it’s heater has died – and so last night Maureen rang them up in the USA and amazingly they told her (remember she’s an end-user with no special technical knowledge) to open up the unit, take the control panel front off – and lift a link on the circuit board. She was convinced they’d said to do this with it SWITCHED ON!.  We’ve tried various combinations (the idea being to force a cold reset of the circuitry) to date with no effect. The device sits stubbornly at 19 degrees C – safe from freezing but not much use for anything else.

After spending much of yesterday with a paintbrush in my hand re-whitening walls after the builders, I’ve spent the day indoors communicating back with the UK on a large project I’m working on so the day was not lost. Of course having left the SKY card at home we’re reduced down to the basic non-subscription channels over here and I have to say, as someone who’s watched Sky since it first came to be, I’d really forgotten just how BAD normal TV is. BBC and ITV are by and large rubbish and of course the few remaining Satellite channels which are free – are that way for a reason. It is almost impossible to find anything worth watching on TV.

Last night we went down to the village to our local pizza cafe – the guy there is really frendly and does a cracking pizza so we had a good night. Tomorrow the plan is to go to Granada having discovered there is a variation on B&Q down there as we need a dehumidifier.

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