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"Paul’s extensive knowledge of Spanish has been an invaluable asset to me recently. When my husband passed away suddenly, Paul made himself available at all times to guide me through the difficult process of Spanish protocol. I could not have wished for a more helpful and sensitive friend during this tragic time.”
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The House that Paco Built! PDF
Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

altAll this rain we’ve suffered over the last two months has really exposed the frailties of building methods down here in Andalucía.  Not only have roads collapsed, public buildings leaked copiously and the drains not coped, but houses, both old and new, have suffered water ingress and rain damage.

Hardly surprising really when you look at local building practices.  Have you ever seen a cavity wall, a damp-proof course or lead flashing?  No, me neither.

In normal weather circumstances it doesn’t matter too much: it rains, buildings get wet, the sun shines and the buildings dry out!  But when we get sustained wet weather for as long as we have recently, namely the best part of three months and no sign of it stopping just yet, the whole infrastructure gets exposed. 

It’s a real shame, not only are travel and transport disrupted, and people’s health and welfare affected, but our pretty whitewashed towns and villages are looking decidedly mouldy and uncared-for.

© Paul Whitelock

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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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