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10:00am Drinking starts early at Madrid Fusión. First up delegates slam espresso at the Cafés Baqué booth. Then, as the day rolls on, the hours are marked by the change in beverage. Coffee gives away to cañas, beer evolves to wine and finally everything dissolves into fishbowl G&Ts. It’s all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Trans-Iberian
North of Madrid, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, a German man and his Cuban wife are brewing beer. I visited their craft brewery a few weeks back, with a hiking group, after a walk in the mountains. Stefan and Lena – the founders of Cervezas Lest – gave us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at Trans-Iberian
Casa de Abdul: site of one of the first homes demolished in the Cañada. Photo: Pedro Martínez I was cutting cheese the night before I went to the Cañada. A friend was over and I mentioned my plans for the following day. He pointed to the knife in my hand.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Trans-Iberian
Hi Juan, Thanks for your comments. As per article 84 of the Real Decreto 145/96 a bull can be removed if it has “defectos ostensibles" or it assumes "conductas que impidieren el normal desarrollo de ésta.” There are many instances (a search of El País will reveal some of them) of bulls being removed because they are “manso” (i.e. docile/meek). You may be right about bulls not landing on old men. James’ comment made me laugh and, given the light-hearted tone of the piece, I thought it worth repeating. I didn’t say I find bullfighting “disgusting, vicious, repulsive” - I don’t particularly find it any of those. I said I found it impressive, tedious and out of time. James
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2011 on Bullfighters and Nut-jobs at Trans-Iberian
Yiyo was the last bullfighter to be killed in Spain, in 1985. After he’d driven the sword through the bull’s heart, the final act of the bullfight, the bull took issue and drove a horn through Yiyo’s heart, splitting it in two. The matador died almost instantly though had the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at Trans-Iberian
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