Monday, July 08, 2013

Why do they do it?

For thrill seekers, a trip to Pamplona to take part in the morning bull runs that are part of the San Fermin fiesta is high on the list of things to do.

Fifteen people have been killed in the 100 years since records were kept and many more have been injured. It is inevitable when so many crowd the narrow streets and attempt to avoid the charging beasts.

The latest causality is a 44 year old man from Wolverhampton who nearly suffocated when a pile of people fell on top of him as they tried to avoid a charging bull on the first day’s run. The father of one was there with four friends. His wife had pleaded with him not to run with the bulls  but I imagine drink and testosterone made him braver than he ought to have been.  

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