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"We used Paul to help us organise a wedding in Ronda for my English daughter and Scottish son-in-law. It was a very tricky matter, because it is not normal for foreigners to marry in the town. Nevertheless, we persevered and Paul did all the interpreting, talking to officials and making phone calls on our behalf. Needless to say, the wedding went perfectly, with a large part of the thanks going to Paul."
Mary Jackson, Colwyn Bay, Wales, May 2006

"Rain, Rain, Go Away..." (1) PDF
Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00

... Come again some other day!” OK, the joke’s over! ¡Basta ya con la lluvia! We’ve had more than enough of the wet stuff now! It’s hardly stopped here in the Serranía de Ronda since 16 December last year! Over 500 litres per square metre fell in just two weeks, according to the Spanish Met Office (INM)!

Local rivers have burst their banks five times! Hotels and other holiday accommodation have been inundated and put out of business, homes have been flooded and crops ruined.

The infrastructure has been significantly damaged: roads, rail lines, public buildings, housing stock, drainage systems. Houses are growing mould inside because of the ongoing damp conditions and no chance to dry out.
Insurance companies are refusing to pay out - ¡acto de Dios! – so everyone is passing the responsibility buck: Ayuntamientos, Junta de Andalucía, ADIF (the rail company). Nobody wants to fork out the compensation, although it looks as if the Junta may ultimately have to pick up the tab for failing to maintain its rivers properly.
On the positive side the reservoirs are fuller than they’ve been for many a year. My village, Montejaque, has acquired a reservoir it never had since an ill-conceived and ill-fated dam was constructed in 1929!
But, really, we’ve had enough now ...
“Rain rain go away
Come again some other day
Rain, rain, go away
Bring my love a sunny day.”



Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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