Well 2020 kept playing games right to the end, with the phone going on the blink, the dishwasher breaking, and then at 11pm on 30 December, the internet going off. It came back on at 6am today. The appalling service by that abject company Movistar has left an unknown number of people in west Tenerife without internet access to the outside world on the two days of the year, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, when most people want to be in touch with other human beings, and when they are unable, this season, even to be out of doors after 10pm let alone in groups for social company. Movistar is an utter disgrace of a company, and for reasons which are unfortunately peculiar to our location, we can’t have an alternative, at least not until fibre optic becomes available which, it seems, is imminent. That’s Movistar imminent no doubt.
Thanks to this level of service that deserves no such name, being offline has meant that the draft update for the Brexit post appeared as scheduled when it was never meant to appear in that form. I’ve now added the update to the actual Brexit post, and this has meant that one comment has disappeared with the draft which I’ve now deleted. Other comments have been delayed in appearing because everything is now manually approved, so, for those who have complained that their comment didn’t appear, with various assumptions as to why they’ve been “censored” or “disallowed”, it was nothing of the sort. I was simply not online. But to make a point, again, this is a private blog that facilitates comments, not provides a right to a voice. If you want that, please go to Facebook. To some who complained that their comment about travel wasn’t allowed, I repeat, I was not online and will add, again, that this is not a travel website. Yes, Spain has extended its ban, and yes, residents are the only ones allowed in, and yes, only those with actual Registros or TIEs can enter … that has now been confirmed by the FCDO, but I had already given that confirmed information myself.
So, my resolutions for 2021 will be to stay up my mountain, get more chickens, try (and no doubt fail) to be kinder to the “confused”, and continue to steer this website back to a private blog about life in Tenerife, and away from the sorts of issues that properly belong on TripAdvisor. For the moment, however, a Happy New Year!