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1. chelydra wrote:
 There's 150-comment-long Chelydrapedia article brewing. Stay tuned if you're interested.
2. indigo wrote:
 Bull one, Toreador 0.... Yaay!! Excellent pic chelydra!
3. clorophilla wrote:
 well done, bull!
4. Normal wrote:
 Those longhorns mean business!
5. crane wrote:
 Amazing
6. chelydra wrote:
 Eric Blair, recuperating in Barcelona after some discouraging and debilitating battles with Franco's fascist rebels in 1937, spent his afternoons writing in a bistro, sipping, smoking too much, and thinking too hard...
7. chelydra wrote:
 ... sipping wine—absinthe when it was available... The Anarchist owner let him eat and drink on credit, and he finally paid his bill to his widow after book royalties arrived a decade later.
8. chelydra wrote:
 Depressed, shaken, and exhausted, Blair noticed another regular customer always seemed amazingly cheerful and energetic—and always ordered two huge meatball for lunch.
9. chelydra wrote:
 They weren't on the menu. A special meal for a favoured customer, apparently. The guy was away on business one day, and Blair (in his deferential English way) asked if he might have that lunch. "Certainly, Senor Blair. ¡And today's will be a rare treat
10. chelydra wrote:
 ....indeed!".... The platter arrived. But instead of the robust and glistening orbs the other guy was served, these were pathetic shivelled, wrinkly little things, like rotten plums.
11. chelydra wrote:
 "Much obliged," said Blair, but couldn't hide his lack of enthusiasm. He took a bite and couldn't muffle his reaction (something between a choke and a squeak). But it would be terrible manners not to finish his special lunch, so he did, very slowly. He tr
12. chelydra wrote:
 ...He tried to concentrate on the golden afternoon sunlight, the fine 1925 Rioja they insisted he accept for this fine meal, and the joyous crowd-sounds from the bullring down the road, so as not to notice the taste of whatever it was.
13. chelydra wrote:
 As he managed to swallow the last morsel, the chef came to his table, beaming expectantly. Blair forced a little grimace of a smile, and made a polite noise (between a grunt and a squeak). The chef noticed Blair's discomfort and surmised the reason for i
14. chelydra wrote:
 it... "You must realize, Señor Blair," he explained, "the bull does not always lose."
15. Vals wrote:
 This is great - you have me still laughing.
16. Lizzi wrote:
 *0* Deliver me from such good luck! That is one fine bull. Will he get to keep his? Perhaps only for today.
17. indigo wrote:
 ROFL!!!!! Love it! *}*
18. chelydra wrote:
 From Before Orwell: The Life and Times of Eric Blair, by Dr. Serpentina Chelydra (Orkney University Press 1957)—one of the rarest books in the English language, withdrawn by the publisher after about a dozen copies were sold. Blair's heirs threate
19. chelydra wrote:
 . . . to sue, on the grounds that the author (my grandfather, which is why I have a copy) merely recycled old jokes and claimed they were Blair's own reminiscences from when they were cellmates at Newgate Prison during the war.
20. chelydra wrote:
 But the book also includes some of Blair's (or my grandfather's?) highly original philosophical speculations, some concerning the hidden meaning of bullfights, and their ecological value. To be continued, if I need to keep procrastinating.
21. KliaMia wrote:
 I enjoy your work so much. This is magnificent!
22. chelydra wrote:
 There is also an internet article by Terry Sissons called "Before Orwell was Orwell". It starts with the Big Bang "fourteen billion years ago" ... "For the next 10 billion years, all the bits of matter of which Orwell is now composed were being transforme
23. chelydra wrote:
 ...transformed in the hearts of stars, recycled, and transformed again and again."
24. chanu wrote:
 i enjoy power of your work!excellent those horns!!
25. Fangzzz wrote:
 This delivers action, originality, on topic and love the perspective - from the Bull's point of view. Powerful and owns the drama. LOVE IT>!!
26. hjjr wrote:
 yowch!
27. bluemoon wrote:
 exuberant death in the afternoon
28. Normal wrote:
 Love the story of the bull's win!
29. FHunter wrote:
 Nicely done. Love the sentiment. Adds the sport to sportsmanship.
30. priya41 wrote:
 excellent pic and narration!
31. ansara wrote:
 Hope, this isn't Europe on his horn....;o)
32. hxxhxx wrote:
 omg... you have single-handedly (well, you probably use both hands for typing) turned this from THINKDRAW into THINKWRITE ... hilarious!
33. Login wrote:
 Ouch! ... but so happy the bull won.
34. suzze wrote:
 :)
35. indigo wrote:
 Congratulations on your TOP 5 wins! ^J^
36. Burgandy wrote:
 This is amazing!
37. Shanley wrote:
 reminded me of Hemingway's Fiesta of Pamplona: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Su
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