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

Beneath a photograph of dozens of pigs crammed so closely together that some didn’t even have room to stand — they were held aloft by being wedged between the bodies of others — I read the news that a move to have pigs chemically castrated (“it makes their balls shrivel up”) to prevent the release of hormones that give pork a taste that is disliked by consumers is causing concern about the drug’s possible effect on humans. Advocates of the drug, i.e. big agri-business, claim that it’s better than the pertaining method of physical castration without anaesthetic, meaning presumably that it’s less messy and time-consuming, i.e. labour-intensive.

Los Machacos, novena de feria

El balcón fallero del GRUPO AGDOJAVI de Valencia, que también se convierte en la sede social de la peña Los Machacos de Valencia  durante toda la fiesta fallera, volvió a albergar a un gran número de visitantes para presenciar la novena mascletá de la feria. Entre sus asistentes, se pudo contar a Braulio Gómez, quien…

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

I am always struck by the way in which almost every art form was re-invented if not actually invented during the 1920s: Ulysses and The Waste Land were both published in 1922, Picasso and Stravinsky were at the peak of their powers, the Bauhaus architectural movement came into being, Nijinsky was dancing to Diaghilev’s choreography, Louis Armstrong was recording with the Hot Fives and Sevens … and in 1925, Juan Belmonte made the cover of Time magazine. It is indicative of the risks implicit in his revolutionary style that in 1933, in just over 30 appearances, he was gored no fewer than a dozen times.