In case anyone's wondering, this blog has been off air for a while and will probably stay quiet at least until the end of January.
The reason for this is that in July I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Fortunately I was in the UK at the time; if I'd been in Spain I might not have gone to the doctor's so early. I had surgery in August to remove the tumour and also had a temporary ileostomy (Google that at your peril). I'm now undergoing chemo.
All being well, I shall be back in the land of the living in the New Year.