Category Archives: Pamplona

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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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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Bullfighting Roundup

This year was meant to be a quiet for me in terms of los toros, but instead I find myself booked to run the encierros – ‘bull runs’ – and watch the corridas – ‘bullfights’ (a misnomer, it is neither … Continue reading

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