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"During his six years working for St Helens Council Education Department, Paul was, among other things, our in-house "languages expert", doing the translating, interpreting and liaison with our twin towns in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, Stuttgart, Germany and El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. His participation has enabled us to maintain strong links with all three towns, particularly in the field of education, where he set up and managed a very successful work experience programme for sixth formers"
Brian Mainwaring, Director of Education, St Helens Council, August 1995

Electricity - a sting in the tail PDF
Thursday, 01 December 2011 13:00

I wrote in October about the problems being caused by electricity companies fitting a limiter to your power supply to prevent you from using more power than you had contracted for - Electricity problems? Read on In my article I described the solution in detail and suggested it would cost around 300 euros. I WAS WRONG!

We've just had our latest electricity bill for the house where we upgraded the power. It was a massive amount more than normal, over 100 euros dearer!

When I went to Endesa to check, I was told that the 100.88€ + IVA was the fee for making the new contract for more power (potencia).

So, Endesa forced a change on me - and everybody else - so that we had to up the power, and they then charge us for the privilege! Amazing!

I couldn't resist commenting that I was astonished that Spain was bankrupt, when the authorities find every possible excuse to take money off us citizens. Every time you change anything official, you have to pay!

Endesa isn't Spanish, she replied with a smirk.

What is it, then? I asked


Hah! I said, So why are Italy up the swanny, then!

So, folks, the whole process will in fact cost you around 400+ euros.

I repeat my previous offer: If anyone local needs this doing and feels daunted at the prospect and would like help, give me a shout! Phone (+34) 636 52 75 16 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

© 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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