Oi! Pirate! Didn’t You Kill My Dinner?

At the Ferria, the week before last, there was a bullfight. This week dead bull was on sale in the food market. So I bought some and made Toro à la Bourguignonne

The pirate who killed my dinner was this man who reminds me of Shane MacGowan.

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José Padilla 

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Shane MacGowan 1980’s

 
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 Shane more recently

Pirate of the bullring: Juan José Padilla Juan José Padilla, 43, was born in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia and always aspired to be a bullfighter. He took on his first bull when he was 21 and soon earned the nickname, the Pirate.

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In October 2011 he was gored by a bull in Zaragoza and almost died from his injuries. The bulls horn went through his skull, he suffered multiple skull and jaw fractures. He ended up with loss of hearing, facial paralysis and was blind in his left eye. But he refused to retire and five months later returned to the bullring with an eyepatch. Fans coined the nickname The Pirate. In May 2012 he survived serious injury when a bull threw him into the air in Madrid.  Then in October last year he was gored again in the same eye socket by a bull in Zaragoza. 

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Then, recently his glass eye flew out when he was gored by a bull in Valencia. 

Eye Eye Capitan! 

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Saint George you say?

This Friday starts the celebrations of Saint George/San Jorge, the patron of the town. The occasion is everything but religious. For thrice days the booze and bulls flow as we set our pantaloons free, hail hail hail San Jorge.

Have a butchers

What could possibly go wrong?

 

My favourite One Eyed Matador

Bullseye! Etc … This monocular man is fantastically courageous. He lost his eye during a bullfight and has come back to the ring for more. He is incredible to watch and unlike many bullfighters he displays a tremendous sense of humour and style.