Looking today at the marks required for entry into Galician universities, I noted again that Nursing ranked in the top 5 in each institution. A local friend said this was a regional thing but the same thing applied at Madrid's Complutense university. There, both Nursing and Physiotherapy ranked above Pharmacy and Law. So, there must be some pretty clever nurses around Spain. And some clever pretty nurses.
Various groups and political parties across Spain are promoting a petition for a referendum on the issue of whether the (discredited) monarchy should be replaced by another republic. Their aim is more than 500,000 signatures by the end of the year. Of course, the major parties will ignore whatever they achieve but it's certainly worth the effort.
I finally got to see the Egyptian artefacts in Pontevedra's museum, with my friends Phil and Anthea from Vigo. We were a little unsettled to be followed from room to room by a security guard. My thought was that Phil and Anthea probably looked a bit shifty but decided it was more likely the poor man was simply bored.
I've said that fotos in the Spanish media can be rather more graphic that those in the UK. This week there was a picture of one of the guys gored during the last bull run in Pamplona. For a few seconds, I wondered why he had a pizza on his thigh but it turned out to be mottled flesh under the skin which had been ripped off by a horn. Gruesome.
Finally . . . I liked the description in Private Eye this week of the chap who says he heads up ISIS - The Man Who Puts the Hate in Caliphate.