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The Starch in the Social Fabric

The Starch in the Social Fabric

Driving around Spain, one notices all the castles. That’s quite a thing to notice for...

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A Paean to Pamplona

A Paean to Pamplona

In 2009 I first came to Pamplona to run with the bulls. I was terrified in that...

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He Who Would Battle Monsters

He Who Would Battle Monsters

My friend Hugh Dancy came to London this week while on a break before filming a series...

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The Second-Hand Men

The Second-Hand Men

Last week I drove from Seville to Ronda, its great rival for primacy in the...

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The Freedom of Disunity

The Freedom of Disunity

Last week I gave a talk on my pet topic of bullfighting in front of various politicos...

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The Difference Between Killing and Murder

The Difference Between Killing and Murder

Returning to London from Seville I see that abortion is once again one of the top news...

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Among the Gold and Gore

Among the Gold and Gore

Last night while seated in the La Maestranza bullring of Seville to watch the great...

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The Ancient Contract Between Man and Wolf

The Ancient Contract Between Man and Wolf

The incident reads like a sick contemporary rewrite of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. A...

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Another Battle Lost on the Playing-Fields of Eton

Another Battle Lost on the Playing-Fields of Eton

Referring to his most famous victory at the educational establishment he and so many of...

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Dying in Hemingway’s Shadow

Dying in Hemingway’s Shadow

In 1941, in the plaza de toros of Mexico City, a nineteen-year-old audience member made...