Michelle Johnstone 0:00 Hola Funky Media listeners..... I'm back. Did you miss me last week ? Yes it´s Essex here out of the darkness and back in the light reporting to you from the Costa del Sol. Oy what a week I had on my way to the podcast last week. My woes started at 9am last Monday morning when the electricity company here decided to cut the power to my house. God only knows why, which stopped me dead in my tracks to record last week's podcast for you. Let me just add that the bill had been paid. Just in case you are wondering but Endesa made a monumental mistake, which took them four days to correct. Yes, we were living in the house for four days with no electricity, because some idiot at Endesa in their infinite wisdom decided to cut the power which took us from Monday morning to Thursday afternoon to get switched back on and you thought British Gas was bad. Therefore, I was unable to record my weekly rant. So here goes. I've had no air conditioning in this sweltering 30 odd degree heat, no way of cooking, no fridge, no freezer, no lights and no hot water, as my house is completely electric. The only upside is, I haven't had to cook for four days. There's a lot to be said for food delivery. I even have electric security shutters installed by moi, here Ace of Shades which are impossible to lift. So the only way out of the house is through the front door. I couldn't even open the shutters to get into my garden. I was trapped in a dark house. I was going mental at them in Spanish, of course but as everything here in Spain, they work at the same speed,.......... slow ..........and everything here is Manaña. Trying to get through to Endesa after going through multiple press this number for this option, then press this number for another and that's just a speak to a representative, all in Spanish, I might add, because at Endesa, they no speaka da English. It was a nightmare. Constant promises from them every day, with sorry about the mistake, it'll be back on by 12pm and with them closing at 2pm like most Spanish companies, it was head banging. The power finally came back on at 1pm last Thursday, to say I was peed off would be an understatement and don't think I won't be going after some sort of compensation on my next bill for this massive error. My neighbours were absolutely fantastic. They were bring me flasks of hot water and charging up our phones so we could communicate with the outside world and to top it off, my car was the garage for repairs. I couldn't have picked a worse week so, I couldn't even leave my house if I wanted to. Here in Spain. we've only just got other electricity suppliers we can switch to, which I will be looking into for sure, but for the longest time, Endesa had the monopoly on electricity here. So the choices were "Do you want electric or not ?" Thank goodness it's summer and the days are long because as soon as the sun went down, we were plunged into total darkness and I was walking around the house like the ´Lady with the Lamp´ Nothing gets done urgently here.
Anyway, back to the news this week Easyjet and Ryanair, are getting ready for more UK visitors. as of your freedom day this week. How's that going for you by the way, do you feel free ? Ryanair believes there will be some 5 million passengers to and from Malaga this year. EasyJet are optimistic too, reporting an increase of 400% in bookings this week. It seems people have decided to fly to Spain, despite it being on the amber list, as there is no quarantine upon return, supposedly, for anyone who's been double pricked. Well, At least until your track and trace app starts pinging you. I'm hearing a lot of people are removing the NHS track and trace app, including some government officials and it's becoming unviable as lots of people are being pinged for no reason. So you could actually be negative, and still have to quarantine for 10 days, if you get pinged. It could be your neighbour, who's tested positive, and you've been pinged because you share a wall with them. Well, that was 32 million pounds of taxpayers money well spent, ....NOT...... Costa hotels are predicting, they will have a 60% occupancy by August due to the surge in bookings since last week. So, there is still hope of a summer holiday in the sun. Numbers have gone up slightly here in Andalucia but they are finding that most COVID patients in intensive care here are the over 50s, who refused the vaccine. Out of 102 people hospitalised, 64% of them are unvaccinated according to the figures. A spokesman called Elias Bendodo,....love his name, said that none of the patients admitted had had both their jobs. So let's hope this vaccination works, and we can all go back to living our normal ish lives. Spain's first severe lockdown which lasted several weeks, where we were not allowed to leave our homes, unless it was for essential reasons, has this week been ruled unconstitutional. The court ruling could ope