It’s been a month since the new satellite dish was installed and I am still very happy with it. The station I watch most is TVE but when they revert to old movies I go first to TV Canarias then TV Madrid. Canarias has programmes about cooking, local politics, games shows and quite a lot of wrestling. The wrestling might be a seasonal sport I’m not sure yet, it happens outdoors inside a sandpit arena, the audience are in tiered seating around the arena and there are groups of musicians who play during the bouts. It reminds me of Thai boxing where the musicians encourage the fighters by playing uplifting music.
TV Madrid has a lot of talking heads and a few game shows, one of them involves the contestants answering questions then we see them singing (usually very self-consciously) on a recording. The quizmaster is a professional extrovert who keeps breaking into song, joined by the audience (well primed), sometimes he even sings the questions. Good tacky fun.
I still use the TVE website, radio nacional and classical are good background and I am wading through Aguila Roja, I am up to capitulo 12, it’s like Robin Hood with more angst and more cleavage – and lots of sword fighting.
Update on Open University – I’ve just sent in my second TMA, two weeks ahead of the deadline which is a relief. The coursework is getting harder now, we are meeting lots of new vocabulary and moving from imperativo to preterito tense ready for the next assignment.
Maintaining French – this is becoming more of a worry, I have almost stopped watching french TV and reading french newspapers, mainly due to lack of time but I have started translating some of my internal dialogues into both spanish and french. If I didn’t have to work full time I am sure this wouldn’t be such a problem.