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We're always working really hard to bring you new and exciting features to Eye on Spain. We also make plenty of mistakes so we want to use this blog to keep you up to date with what's new (and what's wrong) with EOS.

Watch the Formula 1 action live on EOS!
31 October 2008

We've just added a page to the site where for those of you based in Spain that want access to the Formula 1 action this weekend in English, you can watch it live right here!

You can even watch today's practice sessions!

Watch the Brazilian Formula 1 action live now


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Lewis Hamilton subjected to racist abuse on Spanish website
31 October 2008

It's very sad that people go to these lengths.  There really is no need for this.  Taken for the CNN website:

Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton has been the target of more racism, this time on a Spanish Web site.

Lewis Hamilton is preparing for his title showdown with Felipe Massa at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Englishman was subjected to racist taunts during a test at Barcelona earlier in the year as some local fans, upset about Hamilton's's relationship at McLaren with Spanish hero Fernando Alonso during the 2007 season, expressed their anger in ugly scenes.

And ahead of Hamilton's title showdown with Felipe Massa at Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, the hate campaign against him has re-emerged on a voodoo-style Web site, with a title which translates as 'burst Hamilton's tires.'

Visitors are asked to place images of pins, nails and porcupines on the Interlagos circuit to prevent F1's first black competitor from finishing the race.

More than 16,000 racist messages were posted. Other entries contained obscenities and called for Hamilton to die in his car.

The Web site was launched during last year's supposed fall-out between Hamilton and Alonso, but new messages have been added in recent days as the 23-year-old looks to steal Alonso's record as F1's youngest champion.

The FIA, motorsport's governing body, had launched an anti-racism initiative on the back of the scenes in Barcelona in February.

An FIA spokesman said: "The FIA's position is very clear: discrimination and prejudice have no place in sport and society. Everybody in our sport will join us in condemning these abusive, hateful comments."


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New Spain webcams page
30 October 2008

We've just made live our new webcams page.  We aim to have featured all the Spanish webcams that we can.

Take a look at the Spain webcams page and let me know what you think.

Justin


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Lisa's rentals ebook is go!
30 October 2008

Lisa's brilliant ebook is now available.  There is also a special offer of a 50% discount during launch week so it's a great time to snap it up!

Find our more about Lisa's rentals system


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Eye on Spain October update - Video
24 October 2008

A short video of what we're up to....



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Get Lisa's rentals ebook free...
14 October 2008

In two weeks time Lisa is going to be launching her fantastic new ebook all about renting out your property in Spain and increasing your rental bookings.

We're really excitied and happy to be a part of this.

Before it goes public, Lisa would like to get some last minute feedback from just three EOS members who already rent our their properties. 

If you are interested in getting a free copy of Lisa's ebook please send an email to info@eyeonspain.com and tell us very briefly about how you currently market your property and if you would like (or need) to increase your bookings.  Please use the subject line "Lisa's ebook review".

Thanks for your time.

Justin


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The newsletter conundrum
03 October 2008

Having been running our newletter for about 3 years now, it never ceases to amaze me what our readers find interesting week in week out and what they find totally boring.

As our database has grown to several thousands, the problem with today's newsletter is trying to make it appeal to all tastes.

I have actually come to the conclusion recently that this is realistically never going to happen.  It is impossible that each week everyone is really going to appreciate something within the newsletter, despite our best efforts.

Here is an example.  At the beginning of the year when it was one horror story after another and articles about the market crashing etc, we decided to do a piece about the 10 reasons why you should buy in Spain to balance it all out a bit.  Despite what you read it's not all bad here, many of us live here very happily and run our businesses here and there are still good places to buy.

However, this particular article yielded the highest ever number of complaints and unsubscribes since we started the newsletter.  We were accused of leading people into some sort of false sense of security saying that there was nothing wrong with buying in Spain.

Errr...no we didn't!

This week we sent out an email about Mark Wikins' new guide about buying distressed property in Spain.  This time we've been accused of helping to bring down the market even further..more complaints and more unsubscribes!

Now, don't get me wrong.  I love feedback, infact I really appreciate it, even if it is rather nasty sometimes and I certainly don't have a problem with people unsubscribing from the newsletter.  Infact I would rather people unsubscribed than have to keep deleting emails from us that they don't want to read or care about.

When we started the newsletter we just wanted to tell people about all our experiences and to help them along the way, to arm them with the facts and the reality of moving to Spain, living here and working here.  The whole point was to write about the good AND the bad.  Back then we only had a few hundred to please....

Appealling to serveral thousand people is very complicated and will always lead to conflicts of interest.  It's only getting worse as more and more people sign up every day.

So what to do?

Well we recently asked for our readers' feedback and we got a massive response, which shows how brilliant the majority of our newsletter readers are.  I'm going through all the data now and it looks like where the newsletter is concerned we're going to be making some very big decisions leading to some very big changes....watch this space....

Justin


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Web cam working again
03 October 2008

After a long wait, our stubborn web cam has decided that it's still got some life left in it and today decided to spring into action again:

Eye on Spain web cam

This particular little fellow has been with us from the very start so it is very sentimental to us.  It's have been moved more times than I care to remember.  There is actually quite an interesting story about the early days of the web cam but that will be for another day...

But recently we given it a new "home".  One of our friends made a nice little home for it to shelter it better from the nasty elements.  It wasn't too happy about it at first but it seems today it's finally appreciating it's new home.  Check it out, this is state-the-art stuff...



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