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For the past six years this school has been sending in their work to the official annual competition to find a poster for the Sanfermin fiestas. The kids have done this as part of their drawing and art classes at school in the Public Primary School in the Pamplona neighborhood of Buztintxuri. Up to this year of 2016, this activity was just seen as a bit of fun, or a game, but now this year they have become the authors of the official poster, which will display everywhere the fiesta program of Sanfermin 2016.
With a total participation of 6, 078 people, (19% more than in 2015) 25,9% of the choices -1, 575 votes- went to the entry entitled âSan Marrazquinâ, which received 471 more votes than the second choice. In this video, you can see the faces of the kids when they learn that now they can announce to the whole world that they are the creators of the winning poster.
The poster was entered for the competition by Eneko Huarte, Patricia Martiartu, Mikel Mendibil AinzĂșa and Mikel Santos “Belatz“ who are, respectively, members from the school head office, the teaching staff and the parentsâ representative from the school board. In the small details found on the poster, the contribution from the kids can be clearly seen.
The Mayor of Pamplona, Joseba AsirĂłn, was pleased to find an increase in the voting participation and equally pleased to find that most of the finalists were from Pamplona.
Eneko Huarte, a representative from the Public Primary School in Buztintxuri emotively revealed the excitement with which the news of the win was received in the school. And he explained how the work on the poster was done with the cooperation of children and parents to complete the work that will now announce the forthcoming fiestas of San Fermin.
Check for more details on the web page of Pamplona City Hall.
20th of April
The Government of Navarra congratulates CP Buztintxuri Primary School for winning the poster competition for Sanfermin 2016. See the Government news page.
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The eight finalist posters have now been selected and the winner from these eight will become the official Sanfermin 2016 poster. Votes for the winning entry will come from citizens who are on the Pamplona census list and they can cast their vote in various ways: Votes may be cast up to the 18th of April through the Pamplona City Hall web page , and also by way of the City Hall Call Number for Citizen Attention 010 (948420100 – when calling from a cell phone or from outside Pamplona). It is also possible to cast a vote in person by visiting any one of the network of Civivox centers. In this latter case, the final day for voting is the 16th of April.
In 2016 the Sanfermin poster competition has had a novel jury composition. The eight finalists were chosen from among 376 entries by a technical jury composed of the Director of Culture, Linguistic Policies, Education and Sport, Maitena MuruzĂĄbal as well as the participation of different professionals namely, Leire Urbeltz,Antonio LaĂta, Maite Canto and IĂ±aki Cabodevilla, from the fields of design, communication and Fine Arts. Also on the jury was: Javier Erice, the winner of last year’s competition and the municipal technician for Fine Arts.
IĂ±aki Cabodevilla, designer and member of the jury, has stated that in the selection process they purposely avoid going for “zeros and “10s” (maximum points) and rather preferred to go for an all-round evaluation of each piece which showed a certain level of competence, although this might be more of a âfivesâ evaluation. Reaching decisions was no easy task and the reasons for making the final choice often came down to the effort shown as well as the technical abilities, among other things. Above all, it was not a question of looking for and choosing only what looked like a winning poster at first glance.
Another member of the jury, Leire Urbeltz, pointed out that she was very pleased about the team work carried out by the jury which meant that a wide selection of works that offered more than just the classic themes of religion and bulls were evaluated. She went on to state that there were bulls and saints among the selected works, but also themes like, Basque, Women, Children and Equality.
According to figures released by Pamplona City Hall, âThis year there were 376 entries. From these, 166 came from Pamplona, which comes to 44, 15% of the total – a percentage very similar to last year’s figure. From other locations within Navarra, 69 entries were submitted. In other words, entries from within the Province of Navarra totaled 235, – 62. 5% of the total entries. Of the remaining entries, 135 came from other provinces of Spain and just 6 were sent in from abroad, which comes to just 1,6% of the total.â
The significant drop in overall entries stands out in this year’s competition. With these 376 total of entries that means that there were 86 entries fewer than last year and 181 fewer than 2011 (the year with the highest entry figure over the last six years)
Participation over recent years
Finalist Posters 2016:
Sony recreated an image of the Sanfermin Running of the Bulls from the summer fiestas of 2012 to publicize its new camera endowed with a projector, in Indonesia. Probably the Sony DCR-PJ5 video camera does not mean much to you, but the possibility of recording film and being able to project it at the very same time was a real advertising challenge for the Y&R creative publicity agency from Jakarta. The team was directed by Kevin Le and the artistic task was in the hands of Supriatin Kurniasari who decided that the Sanfermin Running of the Bulls had everything that they needed for their publicity campaign. They knew that the Pamplona Running of the Bulls was an internationally known spectacle and just the right kind of outlet to demonstrate the ease of use of the new Sony camera. We might add that the task in this case was not to make a video or shoot a film, but rather to make a publicity advertisement aimed at press and magazine outlets and which had to succeed in conveying its message at first glance.
Y&R developed their idea using the Sanfermin Running of the Bulls event where the user of the Sony camera is filming the bullrun as the cameraman is actually taking part in the actual running of the bulls and, at the same time, projects a live image on a wall. The bull stares at the image projected on the wall rather than at the live runners, thanks to the camera projection. The person responsible for expressing this idea was the illustrator Rahmat Handoko. This drawer is well-known in Indonesia for his work in comics. The publicity agency liked his work and the advert appeared in the press media in Indonesia, China and Japan. Handoko has a high profile in the world of comics and has even worked with Marvel publications in a special edition of Iron Man, which was published under the title “No End In Sight: Part 2 of 3”..
In his work for the Sony advert the illustrator displayed a street that could well be a Pamplona Street or not, at first glance. The water potholes do not look like those normally found in European cities but two details on two premises along the Street make it very clear that we are in Pamplona. We can clearly read behind the bull the name on one of the premises – CervecerĂa BĂĄvaros, which is an actual premises in Pamplona, although, curiously enough, it is not located on the stretch of the Running of the Bulls. And in the rear part of the image we can also read the name – La Mallorquina, – which indeed is the name of an actual cake shop in the town of Estella, close to Pamplona.
Obviously, this whole thing is a recreation and, of course, the by-laws for the bullrunning in Pamplona forbid by law any action such as this with a runner carrying a camera as he participates in the bullrun. However, it is true that on certain specific occasions, permission has been given to take a camera onto the course of the bullrun. One such occasion was the year of this announcement, that is to say, during Sanfermin 2012, when permission was granted to some runners to use a camera so as to obtain some 3D images for the Burn advertisement. In this promotional video the system used can easily be seen.
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Image from fsyc.org
Today, the 8th of March is International Womenâs Day and a good day to remember the good work being carried out by Pamplona City Hall Equality Entity against any kind of sexual harassment and in favor of equality for all, through the collaboration of different institutions in the city to promote true equality during the Sanfermin fiestas. And indeed, just two weeks ago the NoctĂĄmbul@s watchdog which is given over to a study of the relation which exists between drug consumption, sexual harassment and abuse within the milieu of night-time leisure events and diversion chose a talk about the campaign against sexual harassment in Sanfermin to close its annual conference just two weeks ago.
Pilar Mayo, from the Equality Area of Pamplona City Hall was given the task of describing how the work of this City Hall has managed to create an appropriate awareness within the Public Institutions and it has had an important impact on the different associations and groups that exist to run the fiestas. This task has managed, among other aspects, to improve the attention protocol in cases of this kind of sexual violence with the daily presence of expert lawyers within the Citizen Protection Group during the period of Sanfermin fiestas. The Media also include within their agendas the need to create awareness among the public and visitors alike on these themes of sexual aggression and equal rights among all the public.
The main conclusion reached by the watchdog group from the Health and Community Foundation is that alcohol is the most prevalent drug in cases of sexual aggression within the context of nightly diversion and partying during fiestas, although this does not mean that a relationship of direct responsibility exists between the two things. Neither directly responsible nor mitigating. Rather, is the erroneous beliefs about peer relations which emerge from this scenario of diversion and partying and so it is by means of preventive action and awareness measures being taken against these beliefs that will help change things and hopefully make sexual harassment disappear from those spheres of fun, diversion and enjoyment. .. In this respect, the campaign against sexual harassment in Sanfermin is based on an excessive consumption of alcohol and drug taking and fits perfectly within the premise of this kind of work which makes the awareness work being carried out by Pamplona City Hall so pertinent and interesting. Pilar Mayo told Sanfermin.com that the most important thing was to transmit this awareness to the different groups involved in the annual fiestas. The two focuses lie in the identification of the problem and a proper awareness of this problem in order to prevent it from ever taking place.
As a result of this work, the association Gora IruĂ±ea recognized the initiative of the movement âIn favor of Equality in Sanferminesâ with their award in 2014.
Presentation of the Equality Award in 2015.
Read the sanfermin.com section about Sexual Assaults
The Dutchies have that famous song, âWhen itâs spring again, Iâll sing again, tulips from AmsterdamâŠâ Well, up here in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Land of Middle Earth on the Mountains of Mordor where I sit upon the Throne of Pinks, writing this, itâs March and the third countdown of the Escalera to Fiesta is upon us, the 3rd of the 3rd, and that cloven hooved, stampeding Game of Horns is rapidly approaching, as it were. As Bogart might have said in that long lost famous film, âCaballo BlancoââŠ
Weâll Always Have PamplonaâŠ
Well, for me, when itâs spring again, itâs San Fermin again, greetings from PamplonaâŠ And thus it gives me the perfect excuse to write another puli (for that is what I call these articles) for Los Lokos of Kuku, and their Sanfermin.com pages. Although as I will mention later, occasionally the lunatics do escape from the asylumâŠonly for others to break in and take over. More of which later, as Kukuxumusu has undergone a bit of a metamorphosis.
As so often, there is no particular theme to this monthâs ponderings, just a selection of scribblings to start off the yearâs writings and ramblings from this SanferTimero. Oh, and thanks to Joe Distler for providing the ‘Casablanca’ poster and speech bubble pic that starts this piece. It always makes me smile…
425 Years Ago
Four and a quarter centuries ago, after the fiesta of 1590, the date of San Fermin was moved, as the locals decided that the weather in October, when it had been previously held for several hundred years, was just not good enough. So it was moved to July in 1591, to combine with an already existing commercial fair. Ever since then we have been lucky enough to celebrate the worldâs greatest free event in the glorious, (usually) summertime weather in the Kingdom of Navarra. Oh lucky us.
No one quite knows how the encierro started, or when, (although we know pretty much why) but last year in one of Navarraâs local newspapers, Diario de Noticias, in their special pre-fiesta San Fermin supplement, I read an article by Patxi Barragan that offered not just a possible explanation, but one that actually seemed very plausible too.
There is a town in Spain called Cuellar, in the province of Segovia, about 75 miles, (120km, keep up at the back there) northwest of Madrid. It lays claim to having the oldest encierro in the country, dating from 1215, which merits a whole other story on its own, but Cuellar could be relevant to Pamplona because of what I read in the piece.
Once upon a time there was born in that town a chap who became Beltran 2nd de la Cueva, The Duke of Alburquerque. He was made Viceroy of Navarra in 1552, and itâs perhaps because of this that he brought with him many of his fellow townsfolk to Pamplona, where it seems they could have decided to continue their home townâs traditions and play what was known as, literally, the âJuego de Toros,â the Game of Bulls. See, I told you, Game of HornsâŠ
Weâll never know for sure, and no doubt, as Iâve read before and also written about too, local Pamplonicans were already used to the bulls being run into the square for the bullfights and occasionally âplayedâ with them too, by making dares of darting out at them, or running way in front of themâŠespecially when the authorities frowned upon this sort of thing and tried to stop it.
Which they failed miserably at, thank goodness, and eventually gave in and became the masters of the universe at doing a u-turn, and made the encierro official. Once againâŠoh lucky usâŠ So thank you, Duke of Alburqueque, and I hope your time working for the English in the Court of King Henry 8th (he did, you know,) was nearly as fun as fiesta in my favourite city in the galaxy. Talking of funâŠ
A Fiesta Jester. Big Dave Pierce 1932 – 2016
Not a Duke, or a King, but most definitely âun Grande,â and from what I understand, also, in the nicest possible wayâŠa Clown. A Joker. A fiesta jester. I didnât know the fella but many, many people did, and I like to mention these Sanfermineros as and when they slip off to that great fiesta in the skyâŠ And so it has come to pass that one David Milton Pierce has left this Earth to join his old amigos up there in those Celestial San Fermines.
As I say, I didnât know him, but I have read a lot about him over the years, so Iâm going to use a couple of stories that have been doing the rounds, and post some pictures I stole too. Iâll credit them where I can, but if I canât and you know who took âem, please let me know and between Mr. Tim here in London and Mr. Testis there in Pamplona weâll get them name checked. Iâve read so many stories about that original crowd from the fifties and sixties that itâd make a whole book in itself, and I might well save that for another day.
But Iâm going to borrow one thing that was posted to a bunch of us out there, by the one and only Yoav Spicehandler. I know, I know, thank gawd thereâs only one, and itâs himâŠ And then, if I may, a final post from someone else, as it relates to his return to Pamplona, for his last ever fiesta. And so, yup, once again Iâm going to plagiarise my way to penury.
So, first, this, from Yoav Spicehandler. Take it away, YoeyâŠ
David Milton Pierce. Big Dave, “El Valiente”
Here are some brush strokes that might fill in the complex and beautiful portrait that was Big Dave…
I first met this larger than life personage that was Big Dave in Paris, as a child in the early 60’s. He was a perfect combination of Woody Allen and Jacques Tati! He had come to Paris to visit some friends, and somehow ended up at our apt on Blvd. Edgar Quinet. I was about 14 or 15. Well, Dave never one to miss a potential audience, proceeded to show my brother and me the most incredible magic tricks I had ever seen! Coins and cards, disappearing, reappearing…and right in our living room!
Over the years, the family would travel to London and see Dave amongst others. He had a great apt., in a basement, where he had built a small mausoleum for his beloved cat, under a column in the apt. The couches were car seats fitted to be living room couches. It was a living room out of Harry Potter. Every nook and cranny contained something interesting!
And always there was Pamplona… I do not remember the details, but Dave, with his magic buddy, Victor Pinto, planned to go travelling by kayak, from “Paris to Pakistan” via the inland canals of Europe. Fortunately, by the time they reached southern France they decided for Pamplona instead!!
Pamplona where my parents, Dave and Derry Hall would stay at the Hostal Bearan, on the Calle San Nicolas. It was Dad and Dave and Derry that started the Infermeria, and the Old Farts Party after the Encierro. And it was they that initiated the terms “Red shit and Orange shit”.
It was also Dave who started the game of setting down newspaper in the plaza and not stepping off the paper no matter what steer came by.
David’s scripted Pamplona Banquets every year were hilarious and notorious events. Everyone was a target for his sharp tongued insults and witty compliments! After the 1967 Six Day war in Israel, being half Jewish, he decided to volunteer in Israel. His tales of working in the banana fields on a kibbutz, and his futile attempts at seducing serious Sabra women, were absolutely side splitting!!
In Paris, one year, he constructed a form of banjo, out of a broom stick and salad bowl. He would regale my mom and others with old songs from the 20âs and 30âs. At one point he also took tap dancing lessons!
In the early 70’s Dave lived on King’s Rd, London, right near the Chelsea School of Art, where I was a student. Before class, I would pay my respects, talk about everything, and buy hash from himâŠ It was also there that I discovered he owned a pinball machine in his apt!
In those days that was a miracle. No one owned a pinball machine! Actually, I later found out he was close friends with Chris Stamp, (brother of the actor Terence Stamp) and manager of the Who, and it was that pinball machine that was featured in the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” and featured in the hit song, “Pinball Wizard”!! (Chris Stamp actually went to Pamplona and befriended my brother).
Years later, David enjoyed a moment of fame with his series of mystery novels that took place in LA. (His 7 novels are still available on Amazon.com). They are Vintage Big Dave. He also had many small volumes of humorous verse.
Years later, in 1990, I was in Paris with 2 of my boys, and he performed magic tricks for them!! To me, the circle was complete!
Many years later, in Pamplona 2003, after a couple strokes and giving up alcohol, he had trouble walking. Dave wanted to go to the Corrida, and asked for a date. Sarah was tall, and I wanted her to meet him. So, although intimidated, Sarah acquiesced. She was flattered, but did not know the man, and had no idea what to expect from this man dressed as an outlandish torero. By the time the fights were over they returned to the Windsor, and had become fast friends!
I also remember a dinner at the Aralar with Dave and my father… El Valiente was so funny that I had to run downstairs before dessert, laughing and puked the entire meal! At one point, he called over the young waitress, and complained that his Gazpacho was cold! And insisted on seeing the chef!! The poor girl was totally confused.
Bonnie was the love of his life, and although the marriage didn’t quite work out, they stayed fast friends, and helped him years later to give up alcohol, and help him convalesce after his stroke.
He actually prompted me to stop drinking, and over the years he would ask,”Yoey, how is “Demon Rum” treating you?” I would respond, “All is well David. All is well.”
David also mentored my foray into writing poetry and verse. He was always very encouraging, and his critiques very valid.
When Sarah and I last saw Dave in 2012, although wheel chair ridden, his mind was as sharp as ever.
And finally, as we were leaving his apt., Sarah whispered to him,
âYou know Dave, Yoey really loves you”.
He turned to her, and responded,
“What can I say? I inherited him!”
I will miss David. To me “El Valiente” will live forever…
And finally this, just a nice story from Bunnita Centuriana:
How “the greatest stuff up” came to be… (And Iâve changed just one word thereâŠ)
“A group of us were sitting outside the Windsor Bar towards the end of San Fermin 2002. Jim Hollander was mentioning he would like to get a box of his new book “Run To The Sun – Pamplona’s Fiesta de San Fermin” to Big Dave in Paris. JJ and I told him we would be driving to Paris after Fiesta with our daughter Annie to celebrate her 15th birthday there and had room in our car for the box of books. Only thing was we had never met Big Dave. Jim wrote Dave’s address and phone on the back of one of the stickers he had printed for the book promo and told us we were in for a treat.
Once we arrived in Paris, we called Big Dave, told him who we were and asked for a convenient time to drop off the books at his place. The next day we rang his doorbell thinking we would say hello, drop off the books and continue with our sightseeing. Big Dave insisted we come in and tell him all about Fiesta. He was the most gracious host, serving appetizers and showing us around his very eclectic and colourful apartment. He then sat down at his desk with a copy of Jim’s book. Page after page his comment was how much he missed Fiesta and how he wished he could go back sometime. JJ tells Big Dave to let him know if and when he was ready to return to Spain and JJ would make plans to travel via Paris to accompany Dave to Pamplona. We gave Big Dave our contact information, said our goodbyes and left. Jim was right, meeting Big Dave was a treat and the highlight of our time in Paris.
Several months later I get a phone call from Chris Humphreys telling me Big Dave has told him “my good friend JJ is taking me back to Fiesta in 2003”. The problem was Big Dave had not let JJ know he was ready to go back to San Fermin. Another problem – JJ and I had already bought our tickets for July 2003 via Madrid. Chris, not too pleased, says he’ll see what he can do to fix JJ’s f*@k up. Later Chris tells us he has arranged for Big Dave to get to Biarritz if JJ can meet him there and take him to Pamplona. Of course, JJ agreed and that is how Big Dave made it back to San Fermin 2003. This ended up being Chris Humphreys’ last Fiesta. Chris, ever the gentleman, called JJ over and told him “JJ, this was the greatest stuff up ever but I thank you for it!”
Robbed, word for word, from Bunny Centurion. Cheers, chica!
As I say, I didnât know him, but we did have quite a few conversations via email a couple of years ago. I needed some info about a fiesta photo and apparently he was the chap whoâd know. So I was given his email address and I wrote to him. I explained who I was, who I knew that he knew, how often Iâd been to fiesta, etc, etc, and we had a pleasant and humorous ping pong of emails. He sent me some of his poetry which I honestly thought was wonderful.
Then I found out that heâd written a load of books too, and had also had his poetry published, and began to realise that there was more, so much more, to this chap than I had ever realised.
I asked him a few more questions when suddenly, one day, I received a brand new email from him, and not a continuance of our regular thread. (Iâve since learnt from those who knew him that his question to me was typical âBig Dave.â) âTim,â he wrote, âexcuse me for askingâŠbut who in the hell are you?!â
Iâm going to (nearly) end with this photo, as it seems that Dave Pierce was the founder of the 1000-1 Club, whereby after the bull run, one places a page of newspaper on the sand in the ring and attempts to stay on it without moving.
And finally, this one, because it made me laugh so much. Apparently he called himself âThe Thief of Bad Gags,â which is a cracker in itselfâŠas you can seeâŠ
Adios KukuxumusuâŠ Kaixo Kukuxumusu! In the strange parallel universe that the Lokomuxaxos of Kukuxumundu live in, there have been some strange goings on. Those irascible IruĂ±a imps have been up to their mischief again, and without going into the details or indeed politics of it, Kukuxumusu have undergone a bit of a change. Sadly, itâs not exactly been the best of divorcesâŠmore a sort of messy metamorphosis, if you will. While staying the sameâŠsort off.
To quote the great Basque playwright, Etxakezpirri, (and Iâve always wondered why itâs not written âplaywriteâŠâ anywayâŠ) Kuku have managed, âTo be, and not to be.â They havenât just lost the three original fellaâs that founded it, Mikel Urmaneta, Koldo Aiestaran and Txomin Dominguez, over the last couple of years, but others too, like the fourth âsocio,â Antxon IĂ±arrea.
But, as George Harrison sang, âAll Things Must Passâ and I wish them all the best, because what Mikel, Txomin and Koldo did in starting up Kukuxumusu all those years ago was an original and very funny take on what is many peopleâs favourite fiesta. And the website they set up, (this one) is easily the best one out there when it comes to not just all things San Fermin, but so much more.
And to think, all those years ago, when my particular peĂ±a, an unofficial one that I call The Lost PeĂ±a for my articles and stories, were sitting down in the gutter during fiesta in the Plaza del Castillo in 1989, that those Pamplona University students selling one t-shirt design next to us, to earn some summer money, would quickly go on to form Kukuxumusu.
So, to those original three, zorte on, mutilak, and I have to say, good luck to the new bunch too. Youâre the new Maestros of the Kukuniverse, and thatâs a rather special company you have there, so please look after itâŠ Finally, two things to two folk. To the previously mentioned Koldo AierstaranâŠ thank you.
For âtwas he who first suggested I write something for them, and thus itâs down to him I began my scribblings. And not just the articles either, but the books too. (So you can all blame him!) Itâs because of these pieces, and the lovely feedback Iâve received about them, that meant I got to play a tiny part in the Mad, Mad World of Cloud KukulandâŠ and itâs been a pleasure. A life changing one. Once again, gracias eta eskerrik asko Koldo.
And finally, to that Mad Man Manu, and his evil and genetically modified twin, Mr. TestisâŠ Itâs Manu who puts my neanderthaloid (new word) jumbled up mess of scribbles and pictures into the computerised classiness you see before you. Mil esker, Maestroman!
âMinutiaeâ probably isnât the word Iâm looking for, but hey, it fits, and if anyone else can find or invent a word that means âa minor but relevant fact or story relating to the Fiesta of San Fermin,â then please let me know. Copyright Tim Pinks, obviouslyâŠ
Another man died in February this year, whose relevance to Pamplona isnât too big or important in the grand scheme of things, and yetâŠI like it when some âobscure or unknown,â (to most of us) piece of history pops up in the present. My thanks go to Joe Distler for bringing this to my attention, and indeed thanks to his friends the Farleyâs for bringing it to his!
Just imagine: youâre born and brought up in Winfield, Kansas, on March 7th, 1927âŠso naturally, you become a bullfighter. Well, I guess it helps if your parents are Mexican and so this is what happened to one Jesus Cordoba Ramirez, who died on February 16th. He was a pretty good torero by all accounts, and Iâve left three email addresses at the end of this bit for those who want to learn more.
Iâve included him in this monthâs article because it seems he did have a Pamplona connection, as he fought twice in the 1953 feria corridas, and also, intriguingly, in 1966. Koldo Larreaâs article below explains how the corrida of July 14th, 1966 was billed as a âRanchers Competition,â as the three toreros fought bulls from six different ranches. He also met Hemingway. Which is the bit Iâm going to lift here, from the first website printed below:
In 1953 he spent seven months touring Spain and Portugal to great acclaim.
It was probably during that period when Cordoba met Ernest Hemingway, the great American chronicler of bullfighting. Hemingway had been watching and writing about the Spanish corridas since the early 1920s. Hemingway had returned to Spain after a 15-year absence, and that year spent much time on the circuit following Antonio OrdĂłĂ±ez, a leading young matador of the day. Cordoba said he saw Hemingway every day for about two weeks.
âJesus Cordoba was an excellent boy,â Hemingway once wrote, âand a good and intelligent matador and I enjoyed talking with him. He left me at the door of Antonioâs room.
As Cordoba told it years later, Hemingway asked him how he happened to get from Kansas to the bull ring. And he asked many more questions. At some point Hemingway tried to encourage Cordoba to write a book.
âWhy donât you write it?â Hemingway said.
âIâm not a writer,â Cordoba answered.
âWell, I wasnât a writer once. Just take a pencil and start writing. If you donât like it, tear it up and start over again.â
Cordoba stuck with bullfighting. He became one of the highest ranked matadors in Spain and Mexico, and he had the injuries to prove it. He confessed to being a reluctant killer, especially when a bull had impressed with its bravery. But that is the way of the corrida, and, âto get the ears and the trophies, you had to kill,â he said.
Regarding his appearances that in 1953 in Pamplona, he appeared on Tuesday 7th with Julio Aparicio and Isidro Marin, with bulls from the Salvador Guardiola ranch. Then on Thursday 9th he was part of the cartel that included Emilio OrtuĂ±o Jumillano and Pedro Martinez Pedrez, with bulls from the Joaquin Buendia ranch.
And so there goes up into those celestial skies another small smidgen of the San Fermin story.
And lastly, but most definitely not leastly, from Navarraâs very own Koldo Larrea and his excellent site, www.torosennavarra.com.
And for the aficionados amongst you, youâll find a video of him on You Tube if you type in: âJesus Cordoba Elegancia, Arte y SeĂ±orio.â
ÂĄYa Falta Menos!
And that, as they say, is that. For now. As I write this itâs still the third of the third, step number three of the famous âEscaleraâ singsong countdown to fiesta. Although I always think of it as a âcount up.â For those who donât know, âya falta menosâ doesnât really translate well but it means something like, âalready thereâs less time to go.â (Told you it didnât translate well!) I prefer to think of it as âtimeâs a-ticking!â
And Timâs a-tinglingâŠ
Last 29th of February, we pinned up a video on the Sanfermin.com Facebook and we broke our own record for repercussion elements and for our channel interactivity as well as any other kind of San Fermin content broadcast by this network, that we know of. According to the official data offered by this platform, the video reached some 525, 000 users in just two days and it was shared some 3, 460 times and reproduced on 189, 872 occasions. These figures meant that 2,091 âI likeâ were hit and some 60 comments were made. First of all, we would like to say a big THANK YOU from sanfermin.com and from Kukuxumusu and second of all, that you people are either very crazy or just very wild about the Sanfermin fiestas. Why? Because we have now broken the broadcast record for a piece of Sanfermin content on #Facebook.
And of course, it goes without saying that Mister Testis as the main protagonist on the video is super happy about that and he feels particularly wild about the approaching San Fermin 2016 fiestas as he will also be the main character featuring in the forthcoming Kukuxumusu Collection made for the fiestas. The video in question is the one that Cuatro TV developed with Kukuxumusu drawings for the Running of the bulls in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The cartoon sequences fuses real images from the stretch of the Running of the Bulls with the traditional song âSale el sol por la maĂ±anaâ (âSunrise comes with the morningâ) and a bullrun featuring the six bulls from the Kukuxumusu bull ranch with the classic runners and protagonists from the Kukuxumusu Sanfermin T-shirts.
Up to now the most widespread content about Sanfermin on our Facebook outlet was a photo of the Txupinazo Opening rocket of 2015 and a video of the Running of the Bulls on the last day of 2015 with 238, 885 people and 172.491 respectively making hits . These latest figures released have now doubled those previous records and we must now face a future challenge for even higher figures that cannot be bettered without the future help and collaboration from all of you out there.
And perhaps a mention apart must be given to the third most widespread piece on the Facebook page of Sanfermin.com: The El encierro del DĂa 15 (in other words, the first post-fiesta morning) when the ârunning of the city busâ takes place. This event superseded the normal running of the bulls, bullfight images and even all the partying images with a total of 3, 401 âI likeâ hits. In fact, the number of . âI Likeâ from this video was not even topped by our recent most widespread latest post. You can check it out here if you wish to watch it.
NOT LONG TO GO NOW.