29 August 2010

Septic tank vent filter

Hurrah! I finally found a way of resolving one really important issue I was having with the septic tank which was giving off a smell through the vent, naturally. Although the vent is a necessary component for the proper functioning of the system, I didn't think that having to put up with the smell was either normal or acceptable. Besides, guests were making discreet little comments so I was quite embarrassed and compelled to solving the problem no matter what. Even though I had been to many different suppliers and bought different septic tank products, consulted with civil engineers, consulted with a septic tank cleaning company, discussed the problem with the builder and the architect - I even got the manufacturer of the tank to travel 266 kms from Sevilla to come and have a look at it - not one of them could tell me how to get rid of the smell. Not one of the morons had the intuition to think of the matter at hand and come up with a solution. They all said that the smell is a normal consequence of the working of the system and that one would always get some smell; one could never achieve a complete "no smeller". Yes ok, fair enough, bla bla bla bla bla. But think outside of the box God damnit! Damn all of you mindless robots to burning hell!!  Ok, the smell in itself may be considered a technical normality, but not on my patio!! And you call yourselves professionals with suitable qualifications, training and with years of experience in the field? What a joke.

So I thought to myself, this is not normal. This can't be normal. I can't be the only person inflicted with this problem. Surely, there must be hundreds, thousands even, of other people with septic tanks suffering under similar circumstances all over Frigiliana, Spain or even the entire world!! Subsequently, I managed to convince myself that I am not a stupid, mindless cretinous idiot and that I do have a normally functioning brain capable of thought, reason and common sense. So, knowing nothing of the subject, I got on the internet and started to investigate and soon discovered with ecstatic joy that there was indeed a beautiful and undiscovered world of people with septic tank vent smelling problems and, what was even more joyous, I discovered yet another and even more beautiful world of people who actually dedicate their working lives to solving the problems of the other people from the "septic tank vent smelling problems" world. Absolutely amazing. I am still in a state of petrified shock.

So I investigated this new world and enlightened myself to the truths and the lies, the facts and the misconceptions, the intelligent human beings in this world who have a brain and know how to use it to the best of their God given ability and the stupid, mindless cretinous idiots who don't. Amazingly, I discovered that there is a thing called a septic tank vent filter specifically designed for filtering the odours that emanate from the vent. The only problem was that the cheapest one I could find on the internet was for $US56 + postage. Incredibly, there were others for $US265!! and had the latest advancements in septic tank odour technology, materials and design!! OMG!! I thought, these Yanks take their septic tank odour problems more seriously than a prenuptial agreement! Crikey! God bless their materialistic, capitalistic and marketing-driven little hearts.

Daunted by the exorbitant prices and unable to find a vent filter cheaply and quickly, I thought, "Golly! Jumping junipers! Ah thank ah'll sit ma pertty liddle butt down raght over here like this and ah'll jus,.. well,... well, with these here hands and these here tools, ah thank ah'll jus make one maself." And that's exactly what I did, costing me about 12 euros. And it works a treat.

23 August 2010

Frigiliana Festival of Three Cultures

This emblematic festival is back again for a fifth year, and it just keeps getting bigger and better! The festival starts on Thursday 26 August and ends on Sunday 29 August 2010 and attempts to showcase Frigiliana, giving an insight into its historical past, culture and people within the context of the three religions or "cultures", namely the Arabs, Jews and Christians who all lived together at one time in this quaint little village. 

The festival offers a wide variety of entertainment for all ages. The organisers have created an interesting programme of high profile music acts, lectures and workshops on issues of the three cultures, expositions, gastronomic events and a sampling of the cuisine through a specially organised gastronomic route known as Ruta de la Tapa or "food crawl" in selected bars throughout the village. On the agenda also are musical parades, juggling, fakir, belly dancing, childrens' activities encompassing traditional games, story telling, childrens' theatre and puppet shows. There is also a "three cultures" market with individual market stalls where one may find many different and original products.

For more information (Spanish only), visit the website of the Frigiliana Festival of Three Cultures:  http://www.festivalfrigiliana3culturas.net