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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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The Great American Bullrunner

As I write up a full account of Pamplona for a magazine, I came across this photo of me and Joe Distler (whose name the copy editor hilariously changed in my book Into The Arena to Jose Distler). This photo is … 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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Where Hemingway feared to tread…

… is both a true and a false headline. (It is also the headline of the latest review of my book, Into The Arena, enclosed below.) It is true of the great ‘Papa’ himself, for Ernest Hemingway  never ran in … 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 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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The Dangerous Summer begins…

PAMPLONA is no place to bring your wife. The odds are all in favor of her getting ill, hurt or wounded or at least jostled and wine squirted over her, or of losing her; maybe all three. If anybody could … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, 50 years on, and the family Ordóñez

On the 50th anniversary of the death of the great Ernest Hemingway – who was packing for Pamplona at the time just as I am now – it seems right to reprint an excerpt from my recent book Into The Arena, … Continue reading

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