Sunday, 12 July 2009

Pamplona Bull Run - The Horns Of Death

The Pamplona bull run is the highlight of the spectacular Fiesta de San Fermin. The event is held annually from 6-14 July. Every morning hundreds of intrepid locals and visitors risk their lives to outpace galloping bulls as they run through the streets towards the bullring.
The tradition has been part of Spanish cultural history since the 1600s. There are three parts to the run, which vary in difficulty. Santo Domingo is a fast and furious challenge. Even more dangerous is the corner of Mercaderes. The rest takes on Estafeta, the easiest part of this treacherous course.
Only the brave and foolhardy choose to run in front of the bulls. This bull run in particular is now fiercely opposed by animal rights campaigners and both bulls and humans can end up injured.
During last Friday's bull run a 27-year-old Spaniard, Daniel Jimeno Romero, from Alcala de Henares, a small town outside Madrid, was gored to death.
Mr Romero died almost instantly after being gored in the neck - the first fatality in nearly 15 years at Pamplona's running of the bulls. During the same run a Briton. Alex Short, narrowly escaped death after being tossed in the air and gored in the leg. Short, a geography student, is recovering in hospital.
Below is a series of pictures published by the Daily Mail online, showing the full brutality of the event.
British student Alex Short is scooped up and
tossed to the ground.
The bull threatens to gore Mr Short but
it left after being distracted.
A bull runner is gored in the back.
A bull leaps over crouching 'mozos' on Friday.
Medical teams attend to runners wounded on the fouth
day of the running of the bulls of Pamplona.

A runner is tossed by a Jandilla fighting bull.

Today's Smile

A woman went to a pet shop and immediately spotted a large, beautiful parrot. There was a sign on the cage that said £50.
"Why so little," she asked the pet store owner.
The owner looked at her and said, "Look, I should tell you first that this bird used to live in a house of prostitution and sometimes it says some pretty vulgar stuff."
The woman thought about this, but decided she had to have the bird anyway.
She took it home and hung the bird's cage up in her living room and waited for it to say something.
The bird looked around the room, then at her, and said, "New house, new madam."
The woman was a bit shocked at the implication, but then thought, "that's really not so bad."
When her two teenage daughters returned from school the bird saw and said, "New house, new madam, new girls."
The girls and the woman were a bit offended, but then began to laugh about the situation, considering how and where the parrot had been raised.
Moments later, the woman's husband Keith came home from work.
The bird looked at him and said,
"Hi Keith"

What A Carve Up!

Brainteaser - Saturday's Answer

The answer to yesterday's brainteaser

Privacy Please

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Wonderful 5 Minute Mediterranean Salad

Whether your eating indoors or outside this summer, try this wonderful Mediterranean style
salad. It takes less than five minutes to make, tastes delicious, and makes a change from the typical English salad. If you are not a lover of figs or find them difficult to get hold of, try substituting olives, red peppers or sundried tomatoes. To watch the salad being prepared and dressed, by Xanthe Clay of the daily Telegraph, click on the video link below:

Why Boys Need Parents