Random musings from an English expat in Spain slogging through the trenches of traditional and self-publishing. Following my attempts to eke a living through creative writing, graphic design, whilst writing the kind of novels I like to read.
for a Spanish Company refurbishing a large hotel in Benidorm, had its
challenges, although the work and systems were the same as in other
countries, my limited Spanish at the time was frustrating, especially as
this company would take a two hour lunch break in a local
bar/restaurant, so I would sit there listening.
One day we sat down for the menu of the day, and the conversation got
heated amongst the older crew members and the younger ones, the bosses
son started shouting (to me this was the normal way the Spanish
conversed) but this time his father promptly stud up and pushed the
table aside clenched fist and nose to nose, they eventually calmed down.
I later found out it was an on ongoing argument about Bull fighting, the
father disliked his son's point of view that bull fighting was
A view-point the younger generation are adopting more and more.
I asked my daughter and her friends who are Spanish teenagers and they
seemed to be firm that they are against it, as if they have in fact
disgust it and think that it will not be long before it stops.
What is it that the Spanish find fun about killing bulls?
Spanish people I have spoken to on the subject of bull fighting and
who support it, say it's simply a part of the culture and an ancient
tradition, when people think bull fighting they think Spain and as for
whether they think it is inhumane, the answers are often ambiguous with
examples of other countries sports: Cockfighting, spider and bug fighting are still popular in the Philippines amongst adults and children. In Thailand Betta fish fighting is still legal. Not to mention the illegal ones that still happen like badger baiting in the UK and canary and Dog fights in the USA . Spain can trace its bullfighting origins back to 711A.D and even though
people are saying that it is becoming less popular, thousands attend
bullfights each week. The Spanish aristocracy was stopped from attending bullfights by King
Felipe V as it was said to be a bad example, so the lower classes
continued it. Now I'm not going to force my opinion here but I will say I have been to a bull fight and won't ever be going back. Bull running is often thought of separately from bull fighting yet the
reason they are driven through the street is to get to the ring ready to
be killed by a Matador (Killer) The two most popular bull running events are feast of San fermin Pamplona and Denia's Bous a la Mar Festival Denia is the bull running event that is held at the water's edge and
bulls end up jumping or falling into the sea from the harbour wall. Pamplona is the biggest and considered to be the wildest party on earth. The bull running tradition started in 1591 as practical operation of
herding the bulls to the arena. Butchers eventually drove the bulls as
they had an interest at the end. Now days Pamplona bull run is a global attracting as well as a community
event. People from all over the world attend the event and are either
supporters or activists. The activists demonstrate through the streets against the inhumane
treatment to bulls that occurs during and after the running of the
bulls, referred to as the annual 'Running of the Nudes', most wear
little more than red scarfs, horns and signs. The majority wear underwear, with slogans temporary tattooed across
their buttocks and body paint mottoes on various parts. Local
authorities forbid protesters parading totally naked and some ignore the
authorities as usual. Hoards of people cram into the square as a rocket is fired from the town
hall balcony to start off the fiesta this is called the chupinazo the
words Pamploneses - Viva San Femin are spoken and the party explodes and
goes on for a week, finishing with the song "Poor Me" Pobre de mi". The nudes have attracted more interest, crowds and publicity to this July event.