Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pamplona this week: Bull running and the party!

The festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it's more commonly known outside Spain officially begins at midday on 6th July every year with the 'chupinazo' which takes place on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona. .The history of the bullrunning in Pamplona is not clear. There is evidence of the festival from as far back as the 13th century when it seems the events took place in October as this coincided with the festival of San Fermin on October 10th. It seems that the modern day celebration has evolved from this as well as individual commercial and bullfighting fiestas which can be traced back to the 14th century. To this day San Fermin remains a fixed date every year with the first bullrun at 8am on July 7th and the last at the same time on July 14th. You can see the first run below and the first party above!

Also wet t-shirt competition...

Only men are usual.)!

...that's the first 'prick'
Tired of running....
The 'real fight'...and 'they' both look the same...

Rules of the bullrun
1.- To admit anyone under the age of 18 into the course as minors are totally prohibited from running or participating.
2.- To go over the police barriers which the authorities see fit to erect.
3.- To place oneself in the zones and areas of the itinerary which are expressly indicated by the agents of the authorities.
4.- To hide oneself before the release of the bulls in corners, dead angles or doorways of houses or establishments located throughout the length of the course.
5.- To leave open the doors of the houses along the course, the owners or tenants of the said property being responsible for this.
6.- To enter into the route in a state of drunkenness, under the effects of drugs or in any inappropriate state.
7.- To carry objects which may impede the correct running of the Bull Run.
8.- To wear clothes or shoes which are not appropriate for the run.
9.- Call the animals or distract them in any way and for whatever reason in the course or during the rounding up in the Bull Ring.
10.- To stop in the Bull Run or station oneself on the walls or barriers or in the doorways in such a way as to impede the run or the defence of the runners.
11.- To grab onto, harass or mistreat the animals or obstruct their exit enclosure by any action during the amateur bullfight.
12.- To take photographs from the streets, walls or barriers without due authorisation.
13.- Any other action which may impede the normal running of the Bull Run.

UN appoints Dutch man Ad Melkert as new envoy in Iraq

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has picked Ad Melkert of the Netherlands as his special representative for Iraq. Melkert, a former Dutch Labour, new Left, politician and World Bank executive, is currently the number two at the United Nations Development Program.

In a conference call from New York on Tuesday Melkert told journalists that becoming the UN envoy in the war-torn country "may be my toughest assignment yet."
Melkert (53) will be heading an organisation of circa 1,000 UN employees based in Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq. Melkert himself will be move to Baghdad before the end of the week, terminating his controversial tenure as associate administrator of the UNDP. In that position he came under personal attack from the US ambassador at the UN and members of the US Congress, who accused him of letting UN aid money fall into the hands of the communist regime in North-Korea. An 18-month long investigation could not prove the allegations, but concluded that the UNDP for years had violated internal rules.

Melkert tried to succeed his boss, the Turk Kemal Derviş as UNDP administrator, with his support, but the job went instead to the New Zealand's former prime minister Helen Clark.

In Iraq, Melkert will replace the Swede Staffan de Mistur, who is moving on to become the new World Food Program's deputy executive director. Melkert's appointment is for one year, with the option of extending it after that. The position in Bagdad is still considered very dangerous. An attack on the UN headquarters there killed 22 people including the chief envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello, in 2003.
The gradual departure of US troops from Iraq will "create space for the UN to play a role" in the country, Melkert said Tuesday. He added that he will focus on "supporting the economic development of Iraq", but also be involved in organising elections, helping the return of refugees and boosting dialogue with neighbouring countries.

Day Opening - July 9

...this is a real photoshop!
Let's have some fun.!