The Moment of Truth


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“It is the privilege of beasts to rage about furiously.
It is the duty of man to control himself.”

Ovid 43 BC to 18 AD


Mijas Plaza de Toros

Mijas Plaza De Toros

Inside the plaza




The view from the presidential box




114 years old

The old bullring of Mijas a historical monument and museum for a couple of quid you can have a wee walk around this old arena.
I think this plaza is now mainly for the tourists with Spanish dancers, horses and the odd exhibition corrida de toros featuring novilleros.
Mijas is well worth a visit with stunning views out towards the Mediterranean sea.

The post title is from the 1965 film of the same name about a young man that leaves his Andalusian country home in search of riches and fame in the city bull rings. IMDB,-5.84,57.0


Some of the names that have had their own moments in the plaza


The Spanish Mariner


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….Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean….

One of the little fishing boasts that bobs up and down just off the beach at Fuengirola.
The snippet of poetry is from the mammoth Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. If you don’t fancy reading it you can listen to it on Youtube read by Richard Burton and friends.

The Explorers’ Club


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Some tickets and stuff I brought back from my recent adventure abroad, the best being the Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Edition.
I had planned to do a wee photograph of the map with bits and pieces from my trip around it the Explorer edition whisky from my good lady finishes it off I think.

The cat and friends


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“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”

Quite like this photograph of this fine looking leopard. Probably about a foot away from me although we were separated by a fairly sturdy piece of glass.

Pressed publish instead of preview so might add to this one later.


Quite possibly one of the finest zoos you can visit, if you’re ever in the Fuengirola area check out the Bio Park and take a walk around the lemurs.



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