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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pamplona bull running ~ dine and dash - alert Arumugam's dash !!

Pamplona is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.  The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. The quickest dash  -  sprint along the 930-yard (850-meter) cobbled-street course to the bullring lasted  2 minutes, 13 seconds, the fastest so far. 

One bull got out ahead of the pack and charged through the streets, causing some hair-raising moments as runners tried to stay in front of it or get out of its way.  Revellers run in front of Jandilla's fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  In the runs, hundreds of people test their agility and bravery to race with six fighting bulls without getting gored.  This year, 5  people— four Americans and a Spaniard— have been gored since the runs started Friday.  The nine-day fiesta was made world famous with Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

'காசு இல்லாமல் ஹோட்டலில் சாப்பிட்டால், மாவாட்ட வேண்டி வரும்' - பல பழைய படங்களில் நெஞ்சை பிழியும் வகையில் வறுமையை காட்ட  ~ சாப்பிட்டுவிட்டு பணம் தர வக்கில்லாமல் தவிக்கும்படி காட்சி அமைப்பை கண்டு இருப்பீர்கள் !

In many Cinemas, we have seen scenes of people eating in hotel, unable to pay the bill, ending up in menial works including grinding of flour.  People running away without paying bills too have been depicted comically in many movies.  In ‘Vedigundu Murugesan’ – Vadivelu as ‘alert Arumugam’ made everyone laugh.  In one scene, he would enter a restaurant and keep ordering lot of items, which would make the server, owner and all others keep watching him.  After eating to his like, he would act as if relaxing and in a thrice, would put his hand on the switchboard, making it short and with lights going off, would make good his escape, taking away the money from ‘galla’ too. 

A ‘ dine and dash ’ is a form of theft by fraud, in which a patron orders and consumes food and beverages from a restaurant or similar establishment with the intent not to pay. The act may involve the customer leaving the restaurant with the intent of evading payment, or, less commonly, of the patron eating the food and then stating that they do not have any money  !  - now read this newsitem from DailyMail of date. .

A group of Italians who fled a restaurant in Pamplona without paying the bill were caught by police and ordered to settle up.  The diners had ordered 14 house specials and 15 shots racking up a £600 bill on their night out in the Spanish town, which is in the middle of its famous bull-running festival. But instead of paying what they owed, the group appeared to draw inspiration from the annual event - by trying to run from the the bill instead of the bulls.

A tweeted picture of the bill showed they had opted for 14 of the special San Fermin menu while one diner had ordered salmon tartar. They also ordered 15 shots of the local chupito liqor and a coffee. However, police soon caught up with them and the diners were marched back to the restaurant and ordered to hand over 620 euros - as well as a tip.

It is not known whether they had travelled to the town in Navarra, northern Spain, to take part in the festival in which people sprint down the narrow streets trying to avoid being gored by bulls. Meanwhile, a young man was given hospital treatment for a head injury after taking part in a bull run on Tuesday - though none of the hundreds of runners who took part in the festival was gored.

The bulls run alongside six steers, or castrated bulls, chasing people dressed in white with red neckerchiefs through the streets into the town's bullring. Later in the day they will be killed in a bullfight. Runners are often injured when they trip up or barge into each other in the crammed streets of Pamplona. The San Fermin festival dates back to the Middle Ages.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

11th July 2017.

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