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On a hot day in Nimes I went to see the famous Roman Arena, but discovered that there was a bullfight being staged there that day, the final day of a week of festivities. Having never seen a bullfight before I went in out of curiosity.

In the first of six fights that day the bull pushed over the horse of the Picador and tried to get to its underbelly as the poor creature was tipped onto its back. All mayhem broke loose for a few seconds, the crowd roared in disapproval and the assistants rushed in to save the beast from being gored.

Soon all was restored and over the next two hours six bulls were lanced, stuck with short spears and finally stabbed through the heart, to the enthusiastic response of the capacity crowd, then the carcasses were dragged around the arena.

It was a gruesome occasion and hard to believe that this still goes on in Europe. I was told that it is technically illegal under European law, but allowed to continue as part of the heritage movement. More probably it goes ahead because of the huge commercial interests at stake.

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  • Copyright: Stuart Fiddes (ghoti) (27)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2009-09-20
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Exposition: f/10.0, 1/320 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-09-24 1:50
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