All of which reminds me . . . Novagalicia Bank has been fined for knowingly selling shares to a 4 month old baby. You couldn't make it up.
But talking about rankings . . . It certainly wasn't a good week for Spain. The annual PISA ratings for education have the country at No. 31. Which is not quite last for Western Europe countries, as Luxembourg and Austria fill the 36 and 37 slots. One wonders why. Incidentally, the UK also does poorly in this assessment, coming in at No. 23, against, say, 15 for the USA and 8 for Holland. There are 3 ex-British colonies in the top 10, leaving one wondering what they're doing right that Britain is doing wrong. And whether the British Secretary for Education knows the answer.
And still with rankings . . . If you've ever wondered why Holland, Italy and - possibly - England aren't among the 8 seeds for the next World Cup, whereas Switzerland and Belgium are, then the BBC Radio 4 program More or Less has the answer for you. Essentially, it's because FIFA has a crazy points system which penalises countries who play friendlies against weaker teams. So, if Italy hadn't played San Morino, Holland hadn't played Indonesia and England hadn't played Scotland, they'd all be among the seeds and so avoid each other early on. You'd think the national associations would've known how the daft system worked. Or they'd have done what one fan suggested - play the match but get it taken out of the reckoning by doing something to invalidate it, e. g. fielding more than the permitted number of subs. What a farce.
Finally . . . the city of Jerez has beaten 800 others to become the 2014 European City of Wine. Which is some compensation, I guess, for being loaded down with massive debt and about to have your ex-mayoress jailed for corruption. You win some and you lose some. Así son las cosas.