(This article was originally published in September 2009 and is visible now so that readers can look at what was happening on the Costa Tropical back then.)
Penguins for Judges: now I’m sure you’ve all heard of the ‘intelligent’ buildings so called for their amplitude, modernity and ability to maintain a constant temperature come rain or shine.
However, this summer one so-called ‘intelligent’ pile of bricks and mortar has been roasting it’s dwellers at a sticky 31 degrees, eeuw.
Not just dwellers either, but judges. Yep, it’s the temperature gauges for the law courts of Motril that have been going haywire and workers have had to suffer the sticky consequences for over a month. That is, until the penguins arrived. Called upon to save the day – and only minutes before the judges’ collective cool was about to blow) – were a band of mini air-conditioning units known as ‘the penguins.’
Cooling down office-by-office, the penguins are only a temporary solution until, presumably, someone smarter than the actual building can figure out how to get it working properly again. And to add insult to injury, despite bringing a wonderful chill to the air the penguins make an enormous amount of noise, so much so that the judges can’t decide which is worse – suffocation by heat or drowning in noise? ‘It’s not the most ideal working environment’, understated Jose Juan Ramirez, Delegate for the Trade Union of Justice, CSIF.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)