Quite by chance, I met an out-of-work plumber the other day, in Manacor, who let me in on his grim plight. There’s no need to go into details. La Crisis, what else. A large proportion of employment in Mallorca until very recently used to be provided by the building and construction industry, and as you undoubtedly know, not much building is going on right now on the island or anywhere else in Spain, for that matter.
Totally unrelated to this chap in Manacor, I came across this plumber’s business in Palma de Mallorca, a week or so ago. This particular enterprise seems to still be a going concern but, by the looks of it, it may have seen its heyday. Only yesterday, this very Fontaneria was mentioned in one of the local newspapers as being in the process of a wind-down due to age related reasons. The telephone number on this shop sign gives it away; the 971 area code is not mentioned. Surely, this sign was painted many moons ago and would need a bit more than just a lick of fresh paint to stem the decay.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 8th, 2010. The time was 15:57:33.