- the toilet - the ceramic toilet bowl seems to regularly "come adrift" but this time water (or something) is leaking when I flush or the people in the apartments above flush.
- my telephone is irritating - when I use the '3' button it sticks, and I have to cancel my dialing and start again. Nearly all phone numbers I have to dial have 1, 2 or 3 '3's, so it is annoying.
- the television has not worked properly since I have been here. In fact I have not watched any television program in 3 months.
- the washing machine is in its death throes. It is about 10 years old and barely works. I have to bang it to make the spin dryer work.
Then I heard the sound of running water. The bathroom was awash - a tap behind the cistern was leaking. Badly. I phoned to get the repairman to return, but so far he has not. This is some 4 hours later. One of the other teachers came to turn it off - and said it didn't turn off - the tap was broken. I am still waiting for the repairman!
Though the tap has not leaked for a few hours now. Drained the system??? Who knows.