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About fiskeharrison

English author and journalist, broadcaster and conservationist. Author of Into The Arena: The World Of The Spanish Bullfight, shortlisted for Sports Book Of The Year 2011. Editor & Co-Author of Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona. Author of 'The Unbroken', finalist for Le Prix Hemingway 2016

Iván Fandiño: We Who Are About To Die Salute You…

Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods. (from Tennyson’s Ulysses) The 36-year-old Basque matador Iván Fandiño was killed by a bull in the … Continue reading

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An Essay On Bullfighting

When I first went to a bullfight 17 years ago, I was 23 and was sure I would hate it. I was a passionate animal lover and had been a keen amateur naturalist since childhood, WWF & Greenpeace member and … Continue reading

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Welcome

This blog was begun in October ’08 to keep track of my research into the world of bullfighting following my essay for Prospect magazine on the topic. To read that essay, see the ‘Page’ tab on the right hand toolbar, … Continue reading

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The Runners’ Breakfast

As I pack my bags for the encierros – ‘bull-runs’ – of San Sebastián de los Reyes and Cuéllar, I was about to happily announce a new tradition, that of an international Runners’ Breakfast in the latter, the oldest encierros … Continue reading

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Noel Chandler, Prince of Pamplona: A Tribute

It seems it is my season for tributes to dead friends: I lost a near-sister on September 14th, and a true friend one month later on October 14th. Noel Chandler, though, was a few weeks shy of his 80th birthday, … Continue reading

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THE PAMPLONA POST: The Dangerous Summer: Editor’s (my) article In The Telegraph

My article on the extraordinary fatality rate in the encierros, ‘bull-runs’, and other ‘popular’ taurine events this year, and why we continue to participate in them, is in The Telegraph today (to read on click here.) Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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Cuéllar: Bullfight Minus Bull Equals Fight

Over at the bull-running blog The Pamplona Post, I had vowed to write my first proper review for  some time of a corrida de toros, the tragic drama culminating in a ritual sacrifice we wrongly call a ‘bullfight’ in English. I was in Cuéllar … Continue reading

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