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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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The Post goes to Ronda…

The Pamplona Post will be spending the weekend in Ronda at the Feria de Pedro Romero with the great-grandson of its founder, the matador Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez. His ancestor, the matador Cayetano Ordóñez, arranged the first fair – and its … 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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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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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 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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Reuters Interview

Whilst working out my luggage allowance for Pamplona – a fortnight of supplies plus 20 copies of my book Into The Arena, a 12lb cape, a 6lb muleta (the small red cape) and a 2lb practice sword – I saw that my … Continue reading

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First Edition

As Britain’s only bullfighter, given that Frank Evans has retired, I have decided this year to head to the 320th annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (aka the Feria del Toro, aka the Feria de San Fermín.) There are … Continue reading

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