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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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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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Has Father Christmas overlooked you?

For all those who have been left unfulfilled with the books they have been given for Christmas, I am happy to say that Amazon UK has finally restocked with my book Into The Arena (click here), at a fraction above … 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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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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