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About fiskeharrison

English author and journalist, broadcaster and conservationist. Author of Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight, shortlisted for Sports Book Of The Year 2011. Editor & Co-Author of Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona. Author of 'The Unbroken', finalist for Le Prix Hemingway 2016

THE LAST ARENA: Iván Fandiño: We Who Are About To Die Salute You…

Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods. (from Tennyson’s Ulysses) The 36-year-old Basque matador Iván Fandiño was killed by a bull in the … Continue reading

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The Editor’s definitive 10,000-words on what a bullfight really is… 

https://thelastarena.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/essay-on-bullfighting/

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THE LAST ARENA: Noel Chandler, Prince of Pamplona: A Tribute

From the bullfighting blog ‘The Last Arena’. Ed. It seems it is my season for tributes to dead friends: I lost a near-sister on September 14th, and a true friend one month later on October 14th. Noel Chandler, though, was … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Summer: Editor’s article In The Telegraph

My article on the extraordinary fatality rate in the encierros, ‘bull-runs’, and other ‘popular’ taurine events this year, and why we continue to participate in them, is in The Telegraph today (online here.) A more detailed breakdown of the figures … Continue reading

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An embarrassment of an injury

So the encierros of Cuéllar in Castille and Leon have continued with their usual ancient spirit of wildness although I have had to stop running with the bulls. On Monday afternoon there was an encierro chico, a bull-run for children involving vaquillas, … Continue reading

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A lethal summer with the bulls

So I am out in Cuéllar again at the end of my season of bull-running and what a dark year it has been. Someone was killed just a few days before I went to Pamplona to run – I wrote about … Continue reading

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From The Last Arena: Back To School

A fortnight ago I accepted a prize from the most ancient encierros, ‘bull-runs’, in all of Spain, those of the town of Cuéllar. Earlier that morning I nearly died while running them. The bull in the photo-detail below was suelto … Continue reading

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