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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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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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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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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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