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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

Filming Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez in Ronda

These are some photos of our filming in Ronda for our documentary. Since they are from my iPhone and my (Mephisto Productions’) Production Assistant’s Blackberry, they are not of the usual quality. The director and I pick up our English cameraman … Continue reading

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An Insane English Amateur Leaps Into The Ring In Defense Of The Bulls

Originally posted on my more serious taurine blog, The Last Arena – http://www.thelastarena.com   (This is a translation of: “Un espontáneo inglés salta en defensa de los toros.” An espontáneo is a member of the audience at a bullfight who … Continue reading

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British Bobby Floors Fighting Bull

When I arrived in Pamplona, my first port of call for accomodation and advice – even though I had been to the town before – was Graeme Galloway’s excellent ‘Pamplona Posse ‘(website here). It was there that I met the remarkable … Continue reading

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Juan José Padilla, Maestro de Pamplona, Matador de Miura

In an exchange of messages with the equally brave and enigmatic American bullrunner known only as El Bomber (and whose eyes no living man has seen), he sent me the following photo of him with maestro Juan José Padilla from … Continue reading

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Running on the horns of the bull

I just found a photo which when cropped down I discovered the exact moment I was truly bullrunning, in the mozo-sense, on the horns of the bull, rather than posing alongside, after the horns have passed. I remember the adrenaline-spike, … Continue reading

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Untouchable – A Clean Running Of The Bulls in San Fermín

That’s what the headline on the cover of the Navarre daily, Diario de Noticias, said after the first day of running in Pamplona said – my best day by far. I didn’t leave the city entirely untouched, emotionally or physically, … Continue reading

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Into The Arena

… is both the name of my book – available on Amazon here – and what I did yesterday. Here are some photos of my dancing with the young bulls they let in after the run (which I also ran). … Continue reading

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The bull that got me…

… this magnificent specimen here managed to catch me with nowhere to run to this morning, but theen moved on. A guy further down the line wasn’t so lucky… I should point out that I am not doing flamenco here, but … Continue reading

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First day of running with the bulls, Pampona 2011

As you can see the first day from Pamplona was anarchy with the beautiful bulls of Don Álvaro Domecq from his ranch – known to toreros as the Cathedral of the Bullfight – ‘Los Alburejos’ (whom I have met before … Continue reading

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The Pamplona Posse

Having arrived in Pamplona by way of both Barcelona and Madrid (missed connection, but not all airlines are bastards. Thank you Iberia), I have joined the “Pamplona Posse”, a rag tag group of gap-year students, ne’er-do-wells and bullrunning maniacs at … Continue reading

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