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31 July 2015

All the injured runners have now been discharged from hospital

Some good news with regard to the injured runners from the Sanfermin bullrunnings:  the runner from Valencia who had been recovering in hospital has now been discharged from the Navarra Hospital Complex.

The Valencian, who had suffered a goring from the José Escolar bulls in the Running of the Bulls of the 11th July, when he was gored to his right thigh at the Telefónica stretch, had continued in hospital since then. After spending 16 nights in the Traumatology Unit of the Navarra Hospital Complex, he was finally discharged on the 27th of July.

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27 July 2015

Solo un corneado permanece ingresado en el hospital

Dos semanas después de finalizar Sanfermin, dos de los tres heridos por asta de toro han sido dados de alta por el CHN: el corneado de Calahorra en el encierro del día 13 de julio con una herida por asta de toro en la región posterior del muslo derecho, y el catalán corneado en el muslo de la pierna derecha el día 11.

Sin embargo, aún continúa ingresado el valenciano herido en el tramo de Telefónica con una cornada en el muslo de la pierna derecha, aunque evoluciona favorablemente en el área de Traumatología del CHN.

Ver el parte de heridos aquí.

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15 July 2015

Enjoyment, Normality and a lot of Participation sums up Sanfermin 2015

Pamplona City Hall makes it assessment of the outcome of the Sanfermin 2015 fiestas and concludes that “They have been very good fiestas with “enjoyment and normality taking precedence above all.

Joseba Asirón, Mayor of Pamplona, sums up the outcome of the fiestas in three key aspects: Inclusion, where he underlined the conviviality and the plurality; Participation, from the symbolic moment of the launching of theTxupinazo opening rocket which was less institutional than ever before, as well as the success of the farewell ceremony of the Giants and their Entourage; and Appreciation to all those whose work ensured that the fiestas would run in such a normal atmosphere.

The Mayor did not waste the opportunity to point out that there is always room for improvement in the organization of the Sanfermin fiestas as some of the events that can take place are unpredictable. Furthermore, Asirón specified that the whistling and jeering at the closing Pobre de mí event were accepted as normal as he stressed the fact that there would always be protests against the Mayor as that is the person who must bring the fiestas to a close. However, he also went on to state that there was a sector of the population that did not wish to accept the fact that Pamplona is a city with two living languages and that everyone must make an effort to respect that fact.

With regard to the sexist aggressions, Asirón made it clear that some important advances had been made and that the number of denouncements had fallen by 19% this year and that the number of arrests were 1, 656 compared to the 2, 047 of 2014.  Meanwhile, the most followed events continue to be the nightly Fireworks Displays and the parades of the Giants and their Entourage with figures of 424,000 and 180, 000 people respectively. The music performances account for 35% of the participation in the fiestas.

Some other important aspects noted this year include a reduction of 24% in the weight of broken glass and general garbage during fiestas; while there were a total of 97 food inspections made and 32 cases of noise reports; this year the impact on Twitter multiplied four-fold compared to 2014, with a total of two thousand million impacts.

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15 July 2015

¿De dónde sale tanta gente?

Si te van las culturas, los idiomas, la vida internacional, la mezcla… los nueve días de Sanfermin la ciudad se transforma en una caótica torre de Babel donde se pueden chapurrear lenguas varias, ligar con personajes variopintos o aprender geografía bailando con una txaranga.

La primera vez que llegas, alucinas con tanta peña. Luego te acostumbras. Ríos de gente vestida de blanco y rojo callejean a todas horas por el casco viejo. Y llegan de todos los rincones del planeta atraídos por la fiesta.

Cada año nos sorprenden diferentes visitantes. El pasado, por ejemplo, tuvimos gran afluencia de rusos. Éste, en cambio, han sido los terrícolas de ojos rasgados venidos desde China, Corea y Taiwan, quienes más interés han mostrado en conocer el jaleo sanferminero. Alguno se ha dejado ver corriendo el encierro.

Muchos de ellos han contratado su viaje a través de nuestra página web. Prefieren despreocuparse de todo el rollo (búsqueda de hotel, alquiler de balcón para ver el encierro, un sitio donde disfrutar del txupinazo sin pringarte, entradas para los toros, etc.) y dejarse guiar por un equipo local que le mostrará la fiesta desde dentro.

Nosotros de la fiesta sabemos un huevo –en esta web te damos consejos, te explicamos la historia, te guiamos por el laberinto sanferminero– pero de alojamientos casi nada. Así que dejamos en manos de un colaborador como Destino Navarra para que se encargan de esas tareas de logística. Mikel Ollo y su equipo de guías locales ‘pastorean’ a los turistas durante los nueve días de Sanfermin. Y están disponibles y atentos por si falla algo.

Este año, alrededor de 900 turistas de 35 países diferentes han confiado en nuestros servicios de asesoramiento turístico. Algunos de ellos repiten. Como los portugueses Pedro y Marina, que este año han vuelto, acompañados de sus dos hijos adolescentes. Y a juzgar por sus caras, se lo pasaron pipa.

Si alguien tiene duda de cómo va esto, que hablen con la pareja ganadora del sorteo de nuestro 26 Anibestiario. Vivieron una juerga cinco estrellas que, seguro, recordarán por mucho tiempo.

Entre los extranjeros, el turista estadounidense es, de lejos, el más numeroso. La estela que dejó Hemingway se deja notar, aunque también han venido más anglosajones de otros lugares, como la cercana Gran Bretaña e incluso desde las antípodas, de Australia y Nueva Zelanda.

A los anglófonos les siguen, por número, hispanohablantes de México, Venezuela y Argentina y, en menor medida, de Paraguay, Ecuador y Perú. Dentro de Europa, nuestras fiestas han atraído sobre todo a franceses, alemanes, suecos y noruegos.

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15 July 2015

A crowded “Encierro” of the 15th of July

More than five hundred people gathered early this morning at 8.00 a.m. to take part in the “bus- running” (as distinct from the bull-running) and better known as Encierro del Dïa 15 o encierro de la villavesa. Organized each year by some people from the self-proclaimed movement, Movimiento 15 de julio, This is a vindication event to state that the fiestas don’t finish just when the authorities say that they do, but when the people themselves decide it is time to finish. As always the procession began after the Pobre de Mí traditional closing event and soon Mono Charlie, Induráin and a fake dressed-up San Fermín (but with many adept followers) could be seen in the streets of Pamplona.

Just a quarter of an hour before the clock struck 8.00, the main protagonists appeared, coming down from Jarauta Street with the traditional “Spada” bike and the entourage of “city hall” figures. There was a young man dressed as a banana, another as Tom Sawyer, a man with a black plastic garbage bag over him, another with a publicity poster of Media Martk and several “policemen” in various stages of uniform dress.  They made their way through the large crowd of 500 people or so, waiting in Santo Domingo – certainly more than double the attendance of the past few years. The banner of the Peña Anaitasuna also made its customary appearance.

Two punctual rockets set off the “running”.

The whole event took 12 min. 15 sec. From the start at Santo Domingo to the finish at the bullring. It might be said that the event proceeded in its usual mayhem way. One participant was to be seen walking over a parked car which he apparently failed to notice in Estafeta and San Fermín was seen to trip up and fall at Mercaderes and he was promptly stepped on by some of the crowd. Although the crowd soon made the proper and appropriate reverential bows to him. Someone tried to touch Induráin on his bike “spada” and only succeeded in knocking off his cute aerodynamic helmet.

The homilies paid to Induráin and to San Fermín were massive, but, as has happened in previous editions, Induráin came to a halt until two, who had shouted in Estafeta “UPN Kanpora” did the same for him.

The “running” event came to a close at the entrance leading into the bullring with a spectacular riau-riau after which everyone made their own way home or to wherever, as best they could.

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15 July 2015

The story of the most successful “MEME” of Sanfermin 2015

It has become the “meme” of Sanfermin 2015, the most popular viral content in all the social networks. Practically everyone or everything that has a connection with Sanfermin and with Pamplona or with the fiestas, yesterday received this photo which shows a young man holding desperately to one of the fencing posts, as the worker is taking down the bullrunning fencing.

But this particular story has its own story. And it all started in the offices of Sanfermin. Com. The last Running of the Bulls of 2015 had just finished, and all the staff had had their annual “de rigor” photo taken with all the photographers and staff – on this occasion in homage to the journalist – Juan Yeregui – and someone suddenly mentioned the idea of taking a photo of the group holding on to one of the posts as if to prevent it from being taken up by the workers who were just then dismantling the wooden fencing from the streets.

As it was coffee break time, and as there was a lot of “to and fro” and a lot of people around, it was only our colleague, Manu Corera, better known as “Sanferman” who actually got down on the ground to grab hold of the post. Photographer, Iñaki Vergara, took the snapshot and soon all of us who were working close by, began to send off the photo to friends and colleagues so that they could see how obsessed our colleague Manu was, with the fiestas.

The image spread like a bush fire within a few hours. By the early afternoon the Navarra designer, Iker Fernandez had received it and converted it into a “meme”. – Whatsapp, Facebook, twitter, or Instagram did the rest. Several media outlets have echoed it in their editions of today.

The poster was taken away of course, and it is now resting in place, until next year comes along. It appreciates its moment of fame and the fact that Manu did not scratch it. Not long to go. Also for the post.

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15 July 2015

Three runners who received a goring continue in hospital

The Runnings of the Bulls are over for another year, but three runners still remain in The Navarra Hospital Complex. Two of them received a goring in the bullrunning of the 11th of July and one other runner who was gored on the 13th. All of these patients are making favorable progress.

The young American runner who received a goring to his right buttock at the Santo Domingo stretch was discharged on Saturday 18th. The runner from Valencia, who suffered a goring to his right thigh and the Catalonian runner who suffered a goring to his left thigh, both at the Telefonica stretch, are kept in the Traumatology Unit of the NHC. All these runners were admitted on the 11th of July.  The runner from The Rioja region who was gored to his right thigh on the 13th at the Mercaderes stretch also continues in hospital.

See de medical report here.

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14 July 2015

A Farewell ear for Escribano and little else

Manuel Escribano was the only savable part of an uneven, uninspiring afternoon and all the other “uns” that one might imagine. He did some good work with a noble bull that lost its spirit a bit too early, but which at least merited one ear, including his sword work. He went all out with his second bull in search of a shoulder-high exit, but to no avail, as the bull was not up to it.
There is little to say about the other two toreadors. Luis Bolívar made an effort to give his all but his bulls were a real calamity. And Salvador Cortés was simply poor to be quite frank, especially when it came to the kill. A whole range of mishits with his sword to the point of ridicule. That does not go down well in Pamplona.
And then it was time for the farewell and the shutdown. The Peña clubs entered the arena to make their final exit through the main gate. And now it’s time to think about next year.
Not long to go.
Photos: Iosu Pezonaga / Maite H. Mateo