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April showers ... PDF
Sunday, 24 April 2011 00:00
 

... or, as the Spanish would say, Mes de abril, aguas mil

 

Rain has finally come to our little corner of Andalucía – in fact to the whole of Spain. While the UK is basking in warm sunshine for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, the traditional Semana Santa processions here have largely been wiped out because of the weather – surprising, given how late Easter is this year.

The rain has forced me indoors from the garden in the last few days, but at least it has given me some time to catch up on my writing.

I’ve been neglecting a couple of my blogs lately, A View from the Mountains on the Olive Press website - www.theolivepress.es - and Spanish Matters at www.secretandalucia.com, so keen readers of my musings will be pleased to know that there are new articles on both, or will be very soon.

Because of my own situation I got to thinking about ISD - Spanish Inheritance Tax - so researched it and wrote about it (www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2011/04/14/inheritance-tax-scrapped-in-catalunya/) . We also needed better security, so I wrote an opinion piece about burglar alarms (www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2011/04/19/rejas-or-burglar-alarm/). Finally, on that site I’d promised a while back to write about Spanish noise, a piece which will appear shortly.

As for Spanish Matters, my Spanish language and culture blog, I found time to write up an idea I’d had for a while – see The Multi-use verb echar at www.secretandalucia.com/guadiaro-valley/blogs/spanish-matters-by-don-pablo/559-don-pablo-the-multi-use-verb-echar-.html

And on this very blog, Paul Whitelock's Andalucía, there is a recent article about the dangers of divulging too much on Facebook and Twitter, another about the shambles that is Telefónica and a third exposing the latest dirty trick by easyJet.

Now I’m suffering from a mild form of writer’s block, so how about some sunshine, so that I can get back outside?

Happy reading!

© 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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