Barcelona se mueve

Durante esta semana ha tenido lugar una cita tradicional para los aficionados catalanes: “La Semana Cultura Taurina” que organiza la”Peña Angel Lería- Zarzacapilla”, ubicada en Hospitalet. El miércoles el invitado fue Máxime Solera, uno de los novilleros más sobresalientes la temporada pasada procedente de la Escuela Centro Taurino de Nimes /Cataluña. Y el viernes fueron protagonistas el diestro Luis Antonio Gaspar “Paulita” y el propietario de la ganadería de Los Maños, José Luis Marcuello.

Around the sand. Ban the (word) “bullfight”! (I)

Rarely can a simple, seemingly straightforward English word have created so much confusion and sheer misunderstanding of the activity it is intended to describe. Even taken on its own terms it is misleading. A “fight” surely involves some contact between its contestants, yet apart from the placing of banderillas (usually executed by the matador’s cuadrilla) and the denouement of the kill, the aim throughout is that man and beast should not meet — cape and muleta are not meant to even brush the bull’s muzzle. Working as close to the horns as you can get without being touched by them is the object of the exercise.