The Rain in Spain…
It’s December and we are in an usual deluge of rain here on the Costa Blanca. The Spanish Weather office have issued “amber warnings” for severe weather and record levels of rain for the next few days. Yuk! Last night was exciting with the rain hammering on the roof and Meg, our guard dog, scared out of her wits and jumping on the bed for comfort, not because of the rain but because one of the smoke alarms was issuing regular beeps to tell the world – that is our world – that the battery was running low. I do not know why our little lady does not like beeping noises, it must be something in her past as they drive her into a bundle of trembling fear.
Christmas Squeeze and Batteries
We are all aware of the barons that control our lives through holding the reins on the conglomerates that sell us everything from Christmas chocolate tins, which every year stay the same price but shrink in size, to cornflake packets which stay the same size but the produce inside only comes half way up the container. We have a heavy use of ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ batteries and when I saw rechargeable ones at half price all eight beautifully wrap on a card in a store I was happy to buy them. The months have gone by and there was a need to open the packet to insert one of them into a holder, that is when I discovered why they were cheap as they are slightly over size for a double ‘A’ battery.
It seems now there is very little one can trust. Stores determined to squeeze every penny they can out of a transaction and if that upsets a customer then it does not matter as in most cases they have the monopoly so you have a need to go back. Perhaps that statement is a bit strong but it appears to me customer services have declined.
The Trust has Gone
Trust! What happened to it? It was not long ago, alright fifty years, when you could leave your front door open or the keys in the ignition of the car with the confident knowledge nothing would happen to either. People helped each other and there was always a warm welcome for a stranger. I think the decline first started when the Government, I’ll let you guess of what colour, decided its duty to the populace could be modified and not all people were equal under the law. It was the mid sixties and the requirement to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle became a firm rule.
However after an outcry from turban wearing Sikhs the law was changed so it did not apply to them, perhaps that is where other religious requirements outside common law have been allowed as it set a precedent.
In the late nineteen hundreds the worst single item in my mind for teaching children to cheat, lie and steal was when the famous Walkers Crisp Company constantly ran an advert on Television of a famous footballer sitting at a table and stealing crisps off a child. How or why that was allowed I do not understand, but I firmly believe it in itself was detrimental to teaching the young how to behave, as if stealing was a common act and a joke.
It’ll Soon Get Lighter
A few more days and the shortest day of the year will have been and gone and the evenings start to get lighter. We are looking forward to a busy year with two new novels out and Casa FuenteLargo looking great in the sun. Happy Christmas to everyone http://www.percychatteybooks.com If you like the blog please share.