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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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A Paean to Pamplona: The Author’s Cut

This is the full version of what I submitted for my regular column ‘By The Sword’ in Taki’s Magazine. As you can see here, about half of it was cut, leaving only a narcissistic skeleton, rather than the flesh – … Continue reading

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Old Etonian trampled in Pamplona bull-run in school uniform

Given that not just one but two very different groups of people seem insistent on calling me self-promoting in my bullfighting-related activities, even though what I am actually doing is making my living as a writer with a book to … Continue reading

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Pamplona – first days blur…

As expected, my capacity to run bulls, drink, eat, drink more, dance, watch the bullfight, drink even more and then dance once again while keeping a blog going is utterly useless. Anyway, here is a brief post about the wonders … Continue reading

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Pamplona: The Book

As I set off today for Pamplona, by way of the Côte d’Azur – arriving in capital of the Kingdom of Navarre on July 5th (see post here for how to get there and where to stay) – I have … Continue reading

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British Bobby Floors Fighting Bull

I know I ran this story last year, but I just read it again, and it pays revisiting. When I arrived in Pamplona in 2011, my first port of call for accomodation and advice – even though I had been … Continue reading

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‘My First Pamplona Bull-Run’ from The Independent

This originally appeared in The Independent on Sunday last year, on the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernest Hemingway, and the 320th anniversary of the Pamplona bull-run (in its modern form). It is extracted from the Sports Book Of … Continue reading

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Alexander Fiske-Harrison will be talking on bullfighting at the University of Seville on April 19th

Sports Book Of The Year shortlisted author Alexander Fiske-Harrison will be talking in Spanish on what he learned from his two years in the land of the bulls. The provisional title is: “Britain and the Sand: Bullfighting seen from far … Continue reading

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Juan José Padilla returns to the ring.

The Spanish matador Juan José Padilla, who forms so many chapters of my book Into The Arena, and whose horrific goring was flashed around the world in terrifying images (which I reported on here), returned to the ring with only … Continue reading

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Bull-Running: Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

(If this video cannot be seen in your region, you can able see the longer version here, or the dramatic closing seconds of it here.) Although I am something a beginner when it comes to running on the streets of … Continue reading

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