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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

Bull-Running In The Land Of Buffalos

I will be talking about the encierros – the ‘bull-runs’ – of Pamplona on Classic FM South Africa at 10a.m. local time, which is 8.a.m. GMT, which gives me about ten minutes to make a coffee. For more details on … 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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THE LAST ARENA: Love of animals or hatred of man?

Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, born to fame… and to pain was the headline of the article by Antonio Lorca, bullfighting critic, in the culture section of El País, Spain’s left of centre national newspaper. Francisco is, along with his brother the … Continue reading

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