The launching of the ads for Spain's vast Xmas lotteries are a national event, especially after last year's saccharine effort was ruthlessly lampooned. This year's are now out and can be seen here. Meanwhile, back in the UK (where Xmas starts a lot earlier) here's the Sainsbury's ad that's causing a bit of controversy. Much to the supermarket's delight, I imagine.
- According to a worldwide survey, Spaniards think that, when it comes to success, a good education is far more important than working hard. Presumably they weren't asked how important it was to have a relative in the company. Correction: It was rated equally with working hard.
- The EU says Spain's early school dropout rate, though improving, is still the worst in Europe. Which seems a little at odds with the last paragraph.
- Spanish women are now having their first baby at the average age of 32, says a new study.
- 300,000 Spanish drivers are being pursued by the Portuguese government for unpaid tolls which now total €80m. I await a letter about my €50's worth.
- Inevitably, spending on R&D in Spain has fallen to only 1.2% of GDP, the same as it was back in 2006. Korea's was 4% in 2012 and both Germany and Denmark spent 3%.
My apologies for a typo yesterday, when the quotation (for early readers) should have read: I'm enchanted by humanism; it's the humans I can't stand.