Por la fiesta de los toros y la amistad Anglo–Española - Founder George Erik 1959 
Honorary Vice-Presidents:  Ángel Peralta - José Miguel Arroyo ‘Joselito’ - Victorino Martín t

       

Foreign Secretary Boris, a peculiar defender of the bullfight, as seen on 10th Nov'17 in the"Daily Mirrow" ...or maybe not? as seen on 11th May'16  in"City AM"
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2017 CTL Photografic competition

Please click here to view the 2017 CTL Photo competition
 
 MEMBERS are kindly requested to send their votes by the 19th November to markctol@gmail.com or contact clubtaurinolondon@gmail.com

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2017 Anniversary Lunch - London

Sunday 26 November with
2016 CTL Matador of the year
CURRO DIAZ

The 2016 Matador of the year, Curro Diaz, will be the CTLs guest of honour of the 58th Annirversary Lunch wich will be held at the same venue than recent previous years in London. Booking forms for the lunch can be found in La Divisa. Accompanying the booking forms for the Lunch will be the voting papers for the various awards the club makes to members of the mundillo. Winners of the 2016 photografic competition will be anounced during the lunch. For further details please email the Secretary general at clubtaurinolondon@gmail.com 

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"The Man Who Saved Spain -A Latter-Day Baron Munchausen" By Hugh Hosch,
The US delegate for the CTL, Hugh Hosch has launched his new book. It recounts the story of L. Sidney Camp, a professor of Medieval Spanish Literature at a midwestern college, who speaks medieval Spanish (like someone speaking Shakespearean English today). As a result of a series of serendipitous happenings while in Spain, people confuse his name, L. Sid Camp, with that of el Cid Campeador, and believe he is the great Cid reincarnated... Copies can be acquired here

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NOVEMBER CTL Meeting


The young and promising matador from Toledo, Álvaro Lorenzo, visited the CTL for the November monthly meeting.  During over 3 hours, Alvaro talked about his youth and career and kindly answer all CTL members questions. Alvaro´s honesty became apparentnot just in the ring, and he conquered the attention of all meeting attendees. After taking his alternativa in 2016, Álvaro faced 12 Corridas in 2017 in plazas as diverse as Las Ventas, Sevilla and Valencia, Santander, Toledo (his home) and Angra do Heroísmo (Azores).  He is a direct peer of Ginés Marín and both were presented in Madrid as novilleros on the same day and both confirmed their alternativas on the same evening in May of this year.. 

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OCTOBER CTL MEETING

The October Club meeting took place in London on the 12th October- A group of members met to discuss their observations on the year´s taurine events and there was a screening of various video highlights of the temporada 

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CTL SEPTEMBER MEETING

 on Morante...

Following Morante de la Puebla's announcement of his temporary retirement, the opinions about him have been more divided than ever: for some, his retirement is a catastrophe, others are really happy to see the back of him, But what do CTOL members think? Is Morante a Genius or a Fraud? In the 14th September meeting one Morantista socio and an non enthusiastic one defended their views on Morante after which a debate was opened to the audience. 

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2017 FERIA OTOÑO Madrid lunch,
took place on Sunday 1 October at 2pm and over 20 members from all over the globe, including Canada, US and Peru enjoy a delicious lunch prioir to the sunday corrida

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CTL JULY MEETING

The July meeting was held on Thursday 6 July due to exceptional circumstances and members enjoyed a screening of the very insightful Taurine film, Arena. The August meeting will be on 10 August and will comprise an informal gathering at a tapas bar and details will be communicated later this month by email

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IVAN FANDIÑO DIES IN FRANCE GORED BY A BALTASAR IBAN
the world of Bulls is griefstricken

36 year old Spanish matador Ivan Fandiño  died Saturday 17th June in Mont de Marsan Hospital (south France) following a fatal horn wound in his side. It was in the ring of Aire-sur-l'Adour during  a chiquelinas quite to 3rd bull 'Provechito' that Fandiño tripped into the pink cape and was caugh in his right side by a horn that blew up his liver, kidney and lung.  Fandiño knew the wound was fatal "...hurry up for i am dying...", he had passed away by the time he arrived at the Hospital and the Doctors could not  bring him back to life. His parents, Ecuatorian wife Cayetana Garcia Barona and baby daughter travelled to the French town near Pau to take him to his home town of Orduña, in the Spanish north region of the Basque country where he was be cremated, in a ceremony attended by numerous friends, family and other bullfighter workers of all ranks.
 
Fandiño, a man of few words in public, had touched the glory of toreo, he was currently the only Basque bullfighter and continued to bring crowds to the ring hoping to see him replicate the glorious afternoons of 2015. He first wore the suit of lights in Llodio in 1999, and cut an ear as a novillero in Madrid in 2004. In 2005 he took his alternativa in Bilbao with El Juli as god father and Salvador Vega as his witness. Hard years went by, but finally his persistance brought fruit, in 2011 he was aclaimed the best bullfighter of San Isidro having cut 4 ears. The following seasons were fantastic in his career, being memorable his performance with a Parladé bull in Madrid. Elected Best Matador by CTL members two years in a row, 2013 and 2014 as shown below with cuadrilla in his CTL trophy presentation and in the London lunch November 2014.
 Fandiño made it to the few selected figuras on his own merit giving it all, blood and sense. On the 29th March of 2015 in Las Ventas he took a bet and did what will be remembered as the historic act of performing alone with 6 bulls from the hardest breeds: Palha, Partida de Resina, Victorino Martin, Cebada Gago, Jose Escolar and Adolfo Martín. Luck and inspiration did not came that afternoon and even if the public acknowledged the gesture his star begun to slowly fade, though his continued to be a name not to be missed in any important ring.  
He visited London as  our CTL Lunch guess of honour a few years ago, and stole a smile from attendants when following a serious brief speech in Spanish he wished members a "Merry Christmas" in English.
He did not try to please the people outside the ring but in the ring if you saw him right, it was not posible not to be impressed by his true interpretation of the art, always with unforgiving bulls.
   
Juan del Alamo and French matador Thomas Dufau shared the tragic cartel in the small French town. 'Provechito'  was meant to be the bull of Juan del Alamo. Ivan saw something in Provechito that made him do the quite, one perfect chiquelina, and then hell: he lost his foot and this time the bull did not forgive this man who now flows into the legend of toreo.
The CTL is desolated and joins his wife, family, Nestor, his cuadrilla, his friends and the world of bulls in mourning a great torero.
Rest in Peace Maestro Fandiño.
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Last appearance of Ivan Fandiño in Madrid
was Monday 29th May during San Isidro 2017. He shared cartel with Morenito de Aranda and Gonzalo Caballero,with Jose Luis Pereda's bulls. In his first (the second) he showed he still had it, but did not break through. In his second (the fifh) he walked towards toriles like one goes to the gallows. He greeted the animal portagayola with a larga cambiada (picture courtesy of RG). Shrivers of fear, not joy. And then nothing, nothing and more nothing. That day las Ventas and Ivan held a minute of silence for Victor Barrio. 19 days after, in a hot day in June, in a town called Air, AIR!, Fandiño decided to do a quite to a bull that was not his. It was a vain quitequite de lucimiento, no one gets ears for a quite. That sort of quite is perhaps the most generous act towards the public, and the most vain, it serves just to shine. Just to please.
Thank you Ivan Fandiño for putting perfume in the Air that is life.
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June AGM Meeting 15th London. New members of the CTL Committee were elected. CTL Secretary General DP step down his role having signed one of the most succesfull era´s in the CTL. He has been replaced by RG
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SAN ISIDRO CTL LUNCH IN MADRID took place at the Wellington Hotel on 29th May with the presence of Ganadero Victorino Martin Garcia and Mexican Matador Luis David Adame (bother of Joselito Adame) who took his alternativa in Nimes last September. Over 60 members attended the anglotaurine event of the San Isidro Feria


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May CTL MEETING  Thursday 11 May 2017 - Highlights of the Feria de April and CTL members capea in Sevilla. The meeting was attended by CTL members who joined and dared into the  capea supervised by Sevillan matador Dávila-Miura

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CTL website user: Due to server issues the CTOL WEBSITE has been down. Fortunately this has now been fixed, however all updates since December 2016 have been irreparably lost. We  apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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December CTL Meeting 8 December  was attended by festive CTL members who shared plans for the 2017 season.


CTL WEBSITE LITERARY COMPETITION

 

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November CTL Meeting London will take place on Thursday 17.We will welcome Carlos Cazalis, the Spanish/Mexican photographer who has recently produced a book ‘Sangre de Reyes"The book gives a forthright and photographic view of the modern bullfight. The protagonists, both the famous introverted matador José Tomás and the bull, are exhibited throughout the book in all their beauty and strength in a series of back to back images where life and death crisscross, reaffirming that to live is to know how to die.”

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5th October 2016-The Constitucional Court of Spain has declared the Catalonian Parlament is competent to regulate bullfights but not to ban them. The annoucement to revoke the ban has been postponed for unknown reasons . In July 2010 the Catalonian parlament decided to ban bullfights and the prohibition came into force on 2011. La Monumental de Barcelona is a privately own bullring which may raise hopes to the return of Corridas to Barcelona. At the end of the XIX century, 1896, Barcelona went on to be the Spanish city with more operative fix bullrings at the time. However the first antitaurine movements in the region are also recorded to have emerged in the beginnings of the XXth century.

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CTL monthly meeting took place on THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER in London.  Paul Polansky, the award winning American author presented his incredibly entertaining recently published book ‘The Search for Bong Way Wong and the Chinese Bullfighters’. 

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CTL LUNCH in MADRID took place succesfully on SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER

CTL members and friends enjoying the Madrid Feria de Otono gathered together in yet another exquisite CTL LUNCH
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25 years anniversary of Franck Evans "EL INGLES" Alternativa 
The Manchester torero and acclaimed CTL member, celebrated this milestone appearing in a corrida mixta in Benamocarra, Malaga, with bulls of Julio de LaPuerta and sharing cartel with "El Arqueno" and novillero Jose Antonio Lavado. Franck took his alternativa on 30th july 1991 in Chillon, Ciudad Real from the hands of El Soro as his padrino,  Soro II as witness and bulls of Sanchez Arjona.
CONGRATULATIONS MAESTRO what an honor to have you as a member!

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CTL member acclaimed as Pamplona hero


reported by the
Dayly Mail

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Segovian Torero
Victor Barrio
dies in Teruel
after being fatally gored in the chest by his first bull, 'Lorenzo' 529Kg from ganaderia los Manos, SantaColoma.The wind uncovered Barrio during a muletazo and the bull  pinned him down to the ground and caught him in the side. Unconstious, he was rushed to the enfermeria but was declared dead soon after. The horn perforated his lung and thoracic aorta. Victor Barrio who had a late start in the taurine world at 20, was 29 and had taken the Alternativa in Madrid in 2012 following a succesful career as a novillero having won among other trophies, the CTL best Novillero of the Year in 2011, as sawn in below picture.

 
CTL-Presentation-to-Victor-Barrio_filteredPSE6.jpgSaturday 9th of July was the last corrida of the 2016 Feria del Angel. In such tragic afternoon he shared cartel with Morenito de Aranda and Curro Diaz who were devastated at the news. The corrida was suspended. Victor Barrio had remarcable classic manners and unusual elegance in his conception of toreo. His death is the first of a torero in Spain in the XXI century, but follows the terrible deaths of El Pana and novillero Renato Motta in Mexico and Peru this year.
The CTL joins in the taurine world sorrow and sends deepest sympathies to his wife, family, friends and anyone ever touched by his art.

 

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JULY CTL meeting was attended by over a dozen members who sat at a round table and discussed in a tertulia manner the current temporada and recent events. Despite some younger members having trouble remembering some of the memorable faenas of this season, the knowledgeable contribution of heavy weight members (such as the President, the Divisa co-editor, the young German vocal, the Ventas expert, the busy agenda lady and the East London water drinker) enlightened the chat, and there was plenty of room for some amusing stories. 
 
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CTL June meeting was attended by over 25 members delighted at the visit of rejoneador Luis Valdenebro hijo, who retired last year following a short but successful career , a review on his visit will appear in the next issue of La Divisa 

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Mexican torero Rodolfo Roriguez "El Pana" died a month after the injury that ended his 37 year career. Reported by
Daily Mail ...in your own words Pana, may God bless you for having loved so much
 
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The Kill of  El Toro de la Vega has been banned by a Decree passed by the PP conservative regional goverment of Castilla Leon. The socialist mayor of Tordesillas, where the festival takes place since it was reinstalled (having been banned by dictator Franco), will appeal. For those members of the public fearing this is a step back in the defence of a embedded cultural heritage, used as a political token, the Platform for the defence of El Toro de la Vega has created this
 website where you can leave comments or not.
 
 
 
 

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~2016 San Isidro CTL Lunch, took place 27 May in Madrid~
 
with the presence of the Guest of Honour: D. Adolfo Martin Andres
, reported by Opinion y Toros (in Spanish)
' now on e-book Brian Harding's translation to English of Joselito's acclaimed Autobiography is available at a special launching prize of just 6,90£ 
 
Peruvian Novillero Renato Motta fatally gored in Ayacucho, has died while being transported to Nazca Hospital, reported by Cultoro (in Spanish)
  May his courageous soul Rest in Peace
  

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Boris, Bullfights & Brexit 
reported by City A.M. 
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Simon Courtlauld's
(NB the  last 5 words!)
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British matador Frank Evans appeared in a mano a mano with Juan Arias in Mijas on 22 May. Reported byLas cosas del toro (Spanish)

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Carteles Feria Fogueres  Sant Joan, Alicante 22-26 Jun & 7 August
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"Gored" about @ANTONIOBARRERAC. was the subject of April's meeting. 
http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2016/03/gored-story-antonio-barrera-most-gored-bullfighter-modern-history 
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13 March - CTL Joins Valencia March in support of La Fiesta   
A distinguised group of CTL members joined thousands of other aficionados from all over the world in defense of la Fiesta.More info from yahoo news click here


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 March 2016 - Ivan Moseley presentation of "...to die in the skin of a rich man" an English tribute to Felix Robert (1862-1916) the first French matador de toros took place at the CTL March 2016 monthly meeting held in London, further information please visit CTL publications
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Study of a Bull: Francis Bacon's last painting as reported by the Guardian, follow this link
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February 2016 - RAFAELILLO's visit to the CTL and Toreo de Salon session reported on Spanish TV news Tele 5.
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Temporada 2015 CTL Trophy Winners