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Toro Bravo

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011 in Mens Clothing

Toro Bravo
Toro Bravo

From the tiny ancient tram that rattles along the promenade in A Coruña, one of Galicia’s most northern cities, which proudly displays a plaque that tells you it was made by The English Electric Company of London, to the windswept beaches of Tarifa, the last staging post to Africa, Spain lays out the Piel de Toroto bridge the chills of northern Europe and the sultry heat of the Dark Continent. It still retains a tiny toe-hold in Morocco, with the coastal cities of Ceuta and Melilla, the last vestiges of Spain’s colonial past.

Imagine a bull’s hide laid out flat, and you will understand why the historic name refers to the Iberian Peninsula. Bordered by France and Portugal, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, its shape resembles that of the Toro Bravo, the animal which, more than any other, represents Spain. But far from being seen as only one ferocious beast, the culture, people, cuisine, and landscape of this unique country, blends, mixes and melds; east to west, north to south, gathering up as many varieties, distinct lifestyles and idiosyncrasies, as the animals that went two-by-two into Noah’s Ark.

For decades, tourist organisations and the press harped on about the attraction of Spain’s three S’s – sun, sea and sangria – and while there’s no doubting the delights of all three, and which still form the basis of the almost sixty million annual visitors, it painted a very limited picture of what is the second most visited country in the world.

Fortunately, over the last decade both the visitors themselves and the Spanish tourist authorities have seen the incredible treasures they have that go beyond just the stunning sands of the Costas, and have taken to promoting them vigorously. The mountains of Valencia, in the east of the country, have some of the most famous and terrifying free-climbing faces in Europe; the forests and gorges of Asturias with their hundreds of kilometres of way-marked walking trails; the wide open spaces of Extremadura, where nothing breaks the skyline except dust swirls from the hooves of huge flocks of goats that provide the milk for hand-made Queso de Cabra, (goats cheese) and the legs for the drool-making Paletillas de Cordero (leg of lamb, although it’s a shame the sheep gets the credit for the goat’s sacrifice!); wonderful regional gastronomy, the exquisite paella of Valencia, chilled gazpacho Andaluz, mussels fresh from the sea in Galicia, truffles from Castellon, envied even by the French, the fabulous tapas of Jerez; world class wines produced by a new breed of young enthusiastic wine makers who’s carefully nurtured vines create the stallion to the carthorse of Spanish plonk downed by the bucketful by students only twenty years ago; weird and wonderful fiestas – some, like incredibly gorgeous Moors and Christians, going back centuries, and others of more recent vintage, such as Buñol’s Tomatina, a tomato-throwing slush-fest that began when a drunken singer was pelted with tomatoes by market stallholders because he wouldn’t shut up.

Gone are the days when Spain was seen as just a place to have a couple of cheap hot weeks in the sun. Where once a trip into the interior would have meant a big bundle of maps, a couple of extra five-litre cans of petrol for emergencies, a smattering of the lingo – but most of all, a sense of adventure! – now with high speed trains, an increasing network of motorways and highly developed infrastructure, Spain lays itself open to discovery, whether it’s a day-trip from your villa or a month-long tour. But don’t forget the sense of adventure, because despite all the hype, development and billions of euros thrown into modernisation, Spain still retains its historic, placid heart – and it isn’t usually that difficult to find.

I am a freelance journalist living in Valencia City, Spain, although my work takes me throughout the country. My work is pretty wide ranging, both in subject and geography, but my heart lies in Spain, which is where most of writing concentrates on. I’ve written two successful guide books to the Valencian region, on Spain’s eastern coast, Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca and Small Hotels and Inns of Eastern Spain, as well as many articles for national and international press. While most of my work features the idiosyncratic side of Spain, I’ve also written extensively on wine, gastronomy and hotels.
To discover more about Spain, visit http://www.derekworkman-journalist.com and http://derekworkman.wordpress.com.

Aggressive Jaguar Vs Bull?

el toro bravo vs the jagaur

who wins
this isnt a cape buffalo its a spannish fightintg bull

I would place my money on the Jaguar, as they possess the second strongest bite of all mammals and the largest bite force to body size ratio alongside the Clouded Leopard and ahead of the Lion and Tiger. It has been said that a Jaguar ‘can drag a 360 kg (800 lb) bull 8 m (25 ft) in its jaws and pulverize the heaviest bones.’ A Jaguar can also bite directly through the skull of many animals, and I assume, could do the same to a Bull.

The bull could theoretically win, although the probability of such an event occurring is extremely rare, but the horns of a bull could by chance, kill a Jaguar.

It has been noted than the now-extinct Old English Bulldog was bred especially for a variant of bull-baiting, “pinning the bull”, where the specially-trained dogs would be set upon the bull one at a time, a successful attack resulting in the dog fastening his teeth strongly in the bull’s snout. Now, if an Old English Bulldog is capable of securing a bite on a Bull’s snout, imagine what a natural born predator like a Jaguar could do given that position.

To Summarize:

The Jaguar
-Born predator
-Bites really hard
-Pretty fur coat
-Frequently eats meat

The Bull
-Very heavy and large
-Nice horns, potentially lethal
-Gets bitten on the snout by dogs
-Frequently eats grass

This one goes to the Jaguar!

Toro Bravo – Vilniaus gatves

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