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Co-Author of Bull-Running Guide Is Gored in Pamplona
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:02:25 AM »
Eh, the headline gave me a giggle. A mean giggle, but a giggle none the less. If you run with the bulls, you expect to get hurt.

My own final introductory words of advice are simple: if you want to guarantee you’ll survive running the bulls, stay off the street and watch it from a balcony.

— Alexander Fiske-Harrison, co-author of “Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona”

MADRID — Ernest Hemingway followed such advice, preferring to write about the traditional running of the bulls, an annual event that these days attracts tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world. So did another devotee, Orson Welles, though it’s hard to resist the thought of the rotund director chugging along with the rampaging animals.

Unfortunately, perhaps, one of Mr. Fiske-Harrison’s co-authors, an American named Bill Hillmann, did not, and was gored in the leg on Wednesday when he tripped during the charge through the streets.

Mr. Hillmann suffered serious muscle tissue damage, but none to the bone or arteries, said Mr. Fiske-Harrison, a British writer and amateur bullfighter who ran behind Mr. Hillmann on Wednesday and later visited him in the hospital.

Mr. Fiske-Harrison blamed a fellow runner for the accident. He said that Mr. Hillmann, who is 32 and from Chicago, was extremely experienced, with “great running technique,” but that he had been pushed.

“This is getting more dangerous every year, with more and more people showing up but having no idea whatsoever about bulls,” Mr. Fiske-Harrison harrumphed. “The No. 1 rule is to show respect for the other runners, which many seem to forget.”

A Spanish runner was gored through the chest on Wednesday and was described as being in serious condition by the local authorities. Three other runners suffered light injuries during the half-mile or so stampede through the narrow and winding streets of Pamplona’s Old Town.

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