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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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A lethal summer with the bulls

So I am out in Cuéllar again at the end of my season of bull-running and what a dark year it has been. Someone was killed just a few days before I went to Pamplona to run – I wrote about … Continue reading

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San Fermín Roundup

Our editor, who is on holiday, has asked me to step into the breech to do a little roundup on the years events in Pamplona to accompany Joseph S. Furey’s “excellent” article in the Daily Telegraph magazine today. (We suspect … 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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Pamplona (& Cuéllar): How To Run The Bulls

In the weekend edition of the Financial Times, Alexander Fiske-Harrison, author of Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight, has written an article about the encierros – the ‘bull-runs’- of Pamplona, which are the most famous in the … 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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