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

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One For History

One of the longest-lasting runnings in the whole history of the Sanfermines – it took 10minutes and 55 seconds and which resulted in the death of two runners, both of which were killed by the same bull, “Antioquio”… Continue reading

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THE LAST ARENA: A Runner’s Breakfast

From the blog ‘The Last Arena’: As I pack my bags for the encierros – ‘bull-runs’ – of San Sebastián de los Reyes and Cuéllar, I was about to happily announce a new tradition, that of an international Runners’ Breakfast … Continue reading

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Art Buchwald Runs The Bulls with Matt Carney and David Pierce

“The running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona… is considered to be one of the most dangerous methods of proving one’s manhood. Those who have rode the cresta at St. Mortiz, driven in the 24-hour race at Le Mans, and hunted lion in Africa shudder when Encierro is mentioned.” Art Buchwald runs for the Herald Tribune in 1958 Continue reading

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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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