Saturday, December 30, 2006


Another year has gone and many things happened in my running life.
One year ago, at the end of the 2005, I wrote the first post and the Black Knight became “international”. He “was born” in summer when Gianni, during the usual run from our houses to the beach said: “Do you know the joke of the Black Knight”? We spent all the workout laughing and screaming: “Don’t piss off the Black Knight”.
Here you can listen the joke, it is in italian but it’s funny to follow the way of telling and the slang.
You can read the translation on the top of my blog.
By that warm summer morning the Black Knight’s epos began. The 5 usual friends became the italian legion and when possible run and have dinner together. Very soon we will put the tricolour of the italian flag on the black t-shirts because by unbealivable, lucky and pure chance I became the port operators’ italian champion of half marathon in my age group (nov. 11).
Now I have also the blogger’s friends and I hope that one day we will be able to meet each others somewhere. Thank you for your friendship, your comments and your e-mails.
Mileage: km. 2559 (1589,4 ml) despite the post-marathon troubles.
Races: n° 10:
- 3 half marathon: 1.40.55 – 1.45.08 – 1.45.36 (PB 1.31.58 in 1991);
- 1 marathon: 3.46.32 (PB 3.34.09 in 1991);
- and other 6 races between 22,6 km (14 ml) and 5 km.
- the marathon 15 years after the last one;
- port operators’ italian champion of half marathon in my age group;
- the loots in the period april-may.
- the delusion for the failure during the training for the Rome marathon because of the flu;
- the pain on the knee after the Florence marathon but I learnt an important lesson, now I know what I have to do to prepare another marathon
New Entry: Sir Pat joined the Black Knight Army, he will be Sir Pat: desert defender.
Happy New Year!!!!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Tagged again

I thought to be immune because, after the last infections, I presumed to have built a good immunitary system, but I was wrong.
Now I am here, infected again, by Lady jeanne.
Let’s go:
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Swiss chocolate.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wrapped, what a pity! You don’t know how boring it is!
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored lights everywhere.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Of course. But I am very selective with the persons to kiss……
5. When do you put your decorations up? Never, that is my wife’s job.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Lasagna.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? When we were many many persons to celebrate the holidays all together.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Please tell me if I know something of wrong….please please. Is he not from Lapponia?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Never because my wife hides everything.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Ask to my lady cat, she uses to check everything…….in every moment.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? What is snow?
12. Can you ice skate? The only ice I can see is into my refrigerator.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Every gift, given by the heart, is favorite.
14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? To forget my office.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Panettone.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Ahahah running of course.
17. What tops your tree? A decoration of glass.
18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Difficult to say. It depends by the persons you give or get.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Too much to write but I like the christmas atmosphere.
20. Candy canes? What is this?
21. Favorite Christmas movie? Mmmmmmmm
22. What do you leave for Santa? I am Santa!
Please forgive me but I must tag someone or Lady jeanne will kill me. So the unlucky bloggers are: Tammy, D, Pat, and TryAthlete.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


No news this week. After the workouts of sunday, 14 km. (8,7 ml) long, the B.K. took 5 days off because of the pain on the right knee.
This morning I ran (???) 9 km. (5,6 ml) without pain. My (running) doctor said that I need a whole month to recover. In this period I must run slowly on flat ground forgetting uphills and downhills.
Here are other 2 pics of Florence.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Here are other 2 pictures of the Florence Marathon, in the second the B.K. is the runner with the head in the middle of the "U" and the feet on the "N" and the "Q". The photos are not available at the moment but I promise that, as soon as possible I will put on the blog the clear imagines.
My knee doesn't hurt anymore but the muscles are sore again, for this reason I don't make any program and I easily run every other day. I think that the next race will be in late January 2007.

Monday, December 04, 2006

After the marathon

One week has gone after the marathon and the organization published the definitive results with some adjustments. For example, as my watch said, I finished 3 seconds before.
Official time: 3.47.59 – Chip time: 3.46.32
General results: 2689° of 6971
Men: 2493° of 5289
Age group: 272° of 666
I took 6 days off to recover and yesterday I tried to train but, after 9.5 km (5.9 ml), I had to stop the run because of a pain on my right knee. Now the plan is to run every other day for 40/45 minutes until the pain will disappear.
Here are 2 pictures, the others will come……..

Monday, November 27, 2006

Firenze marathon 2006: the report

The legend. When the Black Knight arrived to Florence, noticed a dirty trick of the scared enemy. Instead of finding warriors in uniform, he was surrounded by a crowd of soldiers in civil suits so it was difficult for him to defeat easily the garrison. Moreover the Army of the city was enforced by many mercenaries from USA and France, for this reason he had to plan a search and destroy tactic.
The battle, under a shining sun, was bloody but after 3.46.35 Florence surrendered and now the black flags wave on Palazzo Vecchio! Today in Piazza della Signoria the devoted people are building the Black Knight’s statue not to forget his glorious victory!
Serious Report. 2689° of 6971 with a real time of 3.46.35.
The race was not easy because too much crowded and with many miles through narrow ancient streets. For example I ran the 1st km. in 06.40. A bad crises came at the 30° km. (18.6 ml) where I did a long stop to drink and to make pee pee. By the 30° km I stopped the run every 5 km to drink in order: water, tea and salt. The statistics of the crisis are evident: first half marathon in 1.47.18, second half in 1.59.17 where I covered the last 5 km in 30’09”!
By the way it was a race in progression because at the 5th km I was 3040°, 10th km. - 2987°, 15th km. - 2957°, half marathon - 2963°, 25th km. - 2917°, 30th km. - 2801°, 35th km. - 2757°, 40th km. - 2740° and 42,197th km. - 2689°.
Many runners from other countries entered the race, mainly French (in their honour, after the race, I wore the blue t-shirt of the Italia team). From USA there were a big group from Chicago (AIDS marathon training program group) and a battalion of airborne infantry in black armour!!!!! I had mercy because we were so similar: cut hair and black uniform!
The learnt lesson. I followed a wrong training schedule even if I had a stop in September for the flu. The main mistakes: I didn’t care to do speed-work sessions, I didn’t do workouts on uphills, 2 long distance runs of 30 and 33 km (18.6 and 20.5 miles) are not sufficient and the medium sessions had to be a little more longer.
The pictures? Very soon!!!!
New entry: To celebrate the wonderful victory we appoint Lady neese as Black Knight Army's Princess. Now we have 2 Princess!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Florence Marathon

The Black Knight is leaving for Florence. Good luck to all the friends who will race on the week end. The next post will be the report of the marathon.
Here is another picture of the Civitavecchia Half Marathon (the B.K. is the man in black armour).

Monday, November 20, 2006

Champion of Italy

The Civitavecchia Half Marathon was also valid as italian championship of the port operators. I did my race and I didn't care. After my arrival I took the usual t-shirt and I came back home. On monday the president of my running team made a call: "B.K. you are italian champion, please come here to receive the trophy that you didn't take on sunday after the race". I thought she was joking's true, I am the champion of the italian operators in my age group. A doubt: was I the only one????

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Civitavecchia Half Marathon

(The Black Knight on the left running the last km. of the Civitavecchia half marathon)
As Julius Caesar said: alea iacta sunt. Now I cannot come back, the people of Florence are waiting for the Black Knight arrival.
The Civitavecchia half marathon. On Sunday I ran the Civitavecchia half marathon in 1.45.36 (my prevision was 1.45.00) but it was not easy as I thought because I didn’t feel good on friday and saturday. I lost almost 60 second to “have a drink” at the 15° km. (9.3 ml). The rank was a shame: 808° of 1280 and 98° of 157 in my age group (M 50). Indeed the Black Knight was defeated but he said that it was only a training for the marathon. What a liar!
The training. This week the schedule expected 3 workouts of 15 km. (9.3 ml) and a recovery run of 10 km. (6.2 ml). In the last week, the next, I will make only 2 workouts before the marathon: 10 km (6.2 ml) on tuesday and 5 km. (3.1 ml) on friday.
On Saturday 25th will start the siege of Florence, any advice?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A good week

The lottery. The week began very well, I won the lottery but, what a pity, I did not become rich because I guessed only 3 numbers of 6. Now the Black Knight has 14 euro more to spend! For your information: 3 numbers win 14 euro, 4 numbers 626 euro, 5 numbers 91346 euro and 6 numbers 822.110 euro!!!!! 1 euro = 1.3 $ Rugby at last! On Saturday the Black Knight and his son will go to watch the rugby test match Italia – Australia in Rome. The Australian rugby federation decided to play in Roma to have the honour to know the Black Knight in person. He is very busy but he will be so kind to receive the Aussie team’s homage.
Photos: New pictures are downloaded. Clicking on "photos" now it’s possible to see all the Black Knight's running story from the “age of the stone” until now.
Running: The countdown for the Florence marathon is going on and the tapering is a nice reality. The 4 workouts were consisted of 25 km (15.5 ml) sunday, 14.1 km (8.75 ml) tuesday, 16.1 km (10 ml) thursday and 13 km (8.07 ml) today.
On Sunday the Black Knight and part of the italian legion will enter the half marathon of Civitavecchia.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Why running is my favourite sport

The beginning: One day I had a look at the mirror and I asked to myself: which sport do you prefer? I liked rugby and running. As I don't have the appropriate body for the rugby, after a reflection on the other sports, I decided: running! In this way began the legend of the Black Knight!
Present time: I think that this was the worst week during the training for the Florence Marathon. The 33 km. (20.5 ml) of sunday left me sore and tired. I had to rest for 2 days. For this reason I didn't push in the other 3 workouts of 12, 11 and 8.6 km. (7.45, 6.83 and 5.34 ml).
After the 25 km. (15.5 ml) of tomorrow the other 3 workouts of the week will be very demanding.
On Sunday 12 I will do a test in my home-city entering the Civitavecchia half marathon. For me it will be only a training. I think to finish in 1h 45' without pushing at all.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Battle plan

4 weeks to go and Florence will surrender the Black Knight.
The plan is completed: I booked a hotel with sight on the Ponte Vecchio - the most famous bridge of Florence - and I bought a specific Nike t-shirt for the race (black of course). Moreover I will be so lucky to start from the "3.30/3.45 final expected time" gate: the number will be 3133 of 8000. The organization accepted my last final time even if got many years ago.
The training follows the program: last Sunday 25 km (15.52 ml) with Sir Giorgio, Monday a relaxing thermal bath to cure the little pains everywhere, Tuesday a recovery 12 km (7.45 ml) run with Sir Giorgio, Thursday 17.1 km (10.62 ml) and today 10 km (6.2 ml).
On Sunday 33 km (20.5 ml) are waiting for me and after the tapering!!!!!! What a wonderful word: ta-pe-ring!
The Black Knight hopes to add another trophy to his collection. In the picture there are some “memories” from 2 marathons and 4 half marathon.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Fall: the enemies are near the borders

At last fall is here and the rain, sometimes, is the mate of the workouts. The choose is always hard: the "dreadmill" or the "water"? The dreadmill seldom wins because the temperature is never cold, so a good k-way and a hat help to enjoy the rain even if the people look at me as a crazy man. Yesterday this was the decision: f... the dreadmill!
This week the runs were:
Sunday: 30 km (18.6 ml) see the imagine;
Tuesday: 11.3 km (7.01 ml);
Thursday: 11.2 km (7 ml) under the rain;
Friday: 14 km (8.69 ml).
On Sunday the long workout will be only (???) 25 km (15.52 ml) waiting for the 33 km (20.5 ml) on Sunday 29th!
In this period the Black Knight Army, italian legion, is a little lazy. With the end of the summer every Knight minds on his own businness and this is a big mistake because the enemies are always ready to attack the kingdom. Barbarian hordes are waiting for challenging the Army inside our homeland (Civitavecchia half-marathon on Nov. 11) and cruel warriors from all over the world will be in Florence on Nov. 26 to defeat the Black Knight who will be alone to fight the Marathon battle.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The honourable defeat

The defeat. Last sunday the Black Knight entered a 10 km. in S.Marinella a town near my home city. He didn't want to race because he is following the marathon program but the President of the running team (Anna Baby Runner) needed some runners more. The Black Knight is a brave warrior so he said yes even if the day before he made a workout 25 km. (15.5 miles) long: half with a friend and half alone.
Luckily the path was mainly flat, but the Knight was tired again and legs were sore, so he decided only to keep a sub 5'oo"/km (08'03"/ml) pace. The final time was 48'47" for a declared 10 km. (the Garmin said 10.26 km./6.37 ml): mission accomplished!
But the final result was ridiculous: 84° of 100 and 7° of 8 in his age group!!!!!
Here is the photo of the loot (for the age group):
Photos: About this topic, if you like, have a look on the top-right and, clicking on "photos", you will see the Black Knight's running story in the period 1986/2005. I could not put the most recent pictures because I have hit the upload monthly limit.
The scheduled program: I am following the program for the Florence Marathon with the help of Sir giorgio when he is not busy. Tomorrow 30 km (18.6 ml) are waiting for me. For this reason I will not enter a memorial 10 km in my city.
The concert: The boss Bruce Springsteen made a concert in Rome, in a sold out palasport, with a 17 persons band. It was unforgettable, 2 hours and 15 minutes of music, playing all the songs of his last cd "We shall overcome" with the Seeger Session. It was amazing to see all the people singing and dancing for more than 2 hours. The best concert I have ever seen.

Friday, October 06, 2006

The Tribute

Training camps: People wonder why the local runners are usually faster than the others coming from the near cities. The answer is easy: the routes in Civitavecchia are very difficult with many uphills and downhills, so any workout is hard. If we want to run on flat roads, we have to go a bit outside the city limits where we have the chance to follow a speed session because of the dog's attacks (ask to Sir Giorgio for more informations). In the pictures you can see two different routes: 1) from my house to the beach (km. 11 - 6.8 ml) and a lap around Sir giorgio's house (km. 14 - 8.75 ml):
The road to the Florence Marathon: After the bronchitis the training is going well. Last saturday I ran 17.3 km. (10,74 ml), on sunday a relaxing 10 km, on tuesday a 10 km. tempo run and yesterday the 14 km (8.75 ml) of the garmin-scheme (scroll up). Tomorrow the long distance run is waiting for me: 25 km (15.5 ml) .

The lost races: The decision to go on to the marathon is hard because I cannot enter 2 nice 10 km races in my city on oct. 8 and 15th.

The blog: In the past I was not regular in writing my blog and to post the comments to the running friends. I am very busy because my life and my job are hectic, so I took the decision to update my blog every week-end.

The concert: On oct. 10th the boss Bruce Springsteen will be in Roma for a concert to celebrate the many victories of the Black Knight Army. The Black Knight and his son will be there to receive the tribute.

Friday, September 29, 2006


I apologize for my long silence but I have a valid justification. As it is impossible to defeat the Black Knight on the battlefield, the stressed enemy tried to kill the invincible warrior by a spell . The coward system was almost successful because the Black Knight spent 5 days in the bed with a terrible bronchitis (sept. 20 - 24) and on monday he left for Hamburg (see the picture) to attend a work meeting on the noise pollution. He came back on wednesday night tired and weak because he didn't have the time to recover the illness.
Now it's hard to go on with the marathon program because I lost 8 days of training and I cannot do the long workout very soon. Yesterday I made a test with Sir giorgio but after 52 minutes of slow running I had to stop the workout.
However I don't surrender and even if I cannot race in Montalto on sunday, I will try again to be ready for the Florence Marathon.
Have a good running week end!!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The rain knight

The second week of training for the Florence Marathon has coincided with a stormy rainy week. However the Black Knight succeeded in following the scheduled training even if with the help of the boring treadmill.
Tuesday: 14 km. (8.75 ml) with Sir giorgio;
Wednesday: 5 km. (3.1 ml) with the Queen;
Thursday: 8 km. (4.96 ml) of speedwork on the treadmill because of the storm;
Friday: 12.2 km. (7.57 ml) with Sir giorgio;
Sunday: 25 km (15.5 ml).
The storm of friday on the city:
The damages the day after the storm:

Monday, September 11, 2006

Broken pc

I apologize for the long silence but the enemy, after many defeats, decided to fight in a dirty way by the electronic war. In fact they broke my pc and it was very hard to fix it. Indeed it doesn't work yet very well but I am a man of hope.....The kick-off: the last week part of the Black Knight Army, Italian Legion, began the training to the Florence Marathon. For now the warriors will be Sir Gianni and the Black Knight, Sir giorgio is the personal trainer. This week the schedule was exactly followed: tuesday 12.2 km. (7.57 ml), thursday 14 km. (8.75 ml), friday 10.150 km. (6.3 ml) tempo run and sunday 22.2 km. (13.78 ml.). On sunday the work out was difficult because of the heat that here is a problem again; summer doesn't want to leave our nice city! In the photo the Black Knight is with his gracious Queen, as usual very supportive: she always helps him to find the right motivation to train hard.The next battle: after a war council the Army decided to enter the Montalto half marathon on oct. 1st. with all the warriors in both the events, so the victory will be complete and full. The BlackKnight, Sir Gianni, Long Joe and Sir Alessandro will enter the half marathon, while Sir giorgio will continue the bounty killer career in the 7.3 km. contest. The gracious Queen, our son Paolo and his girl friend will join the Army to fight in the 7.3 km. contest. Many black armours will frighten the people of Montalto!!!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I received the nice book HARRIERS from the publisher and I found it inspiring and interesting. I like this book because it reminds my youth when I was a member of the Navy South Department (Maridipart Naples) cross country team.
Book Description:
A fresh perspective enlivens this classic story about a losing team with an energetic new coach. Written by two Ohio teenagers about their high school's cross-country team, this account offers engaging portraits of the kids and their coach, passes on lessons of hard work and sacrifice, and follows the ascent of the Salem Quakers cross-country team to a first-place ranking in their conference and third place at the 2003 state championships. Along the way the teenagers learn the unromantic truth about the athletic association that regulates their high school sport—legal wrangling and uproar ensue when officials find scoring errors in a postseason meet. As they develop their talents and teamwork, the teens also learn valuable lessons about sports rules, bureaucracy, and true success.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The program

The time is coming and the funny workouts will be soon only nice memories. This is the program to run the Florence Marathon under the 4 hours:
In the schedule I didn't include speed-works because they are pointless for my goal (sub 4 hours). Now the question is: can I enter any running events if I am following a running program? Perhaps I will solve the problem in these ways:
a) Oct. 1st. Scheduled 28 km - Race: Montalto half marathon. As the Half includes 3 laps, I will run 4 laps. The last one in a very slow way.
b) Oct. 8th. Scheduled 25 km - Race: S. Marinella 10 km. As the 10km includes 2 laps, I will run 3 laps and after I go home running again (the distance between S.Marinella and Civitavecchia is 10 km).
c) Nov. 12nd. Scheduled 20 km - Race: Civitavecchia half marathon. Of course no problem.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The gift

Today when I got home from work I found a package from Australia "To the Black Knight of Italy" and, what a nice surprise, it was a gift from the far friends iliketoast and IHateToast (I don't know how they can get well together with such opposite nicknames, but better I mind my own businness).
Inside there were a Nike singlet + scarf, hat and a bag of the aussie rugby! I will wear all of them with pride.
Thank you, thank you very much, in this way you have satisfied my 2 passions: running and rugby. By the way I have already the tickets for the rugby test match Australia-Italia on 11/11/2006 in Rome.
The training is going on despite the hot weather. The meteorologists said that it depends by the warm winds from Sahara. At the moment I am not following a special program: only 4/5 weekly workouts of about 12/14 km. (7.45/8.7 miles), at a relaxing pace, following the feeling of the moment. In this way I am ready to prepare at the best the Florence Marathon by the 4th of September.
In this picture you can see the photo of the Black Knight Army, italian legion, celebrations. From left: Alessandro, Gianni, Sir giorgio, the Black Knight's wife, the Black Knight and the Alessandro's wife. Completely hidden are the wives of Gianni and Sir Giorgio. Why are they hidden?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The raid

Yesterday the Black Knight Army, italian legion, spent a day all together. What a pity we have a big problem to solve: Long Joe didn’t join the Army and now, for us, he is officially a deserter. We need your help to find for him the appropriate punishment.
Anyway, at 06.00 p.m., the glorious Knights met at the Black Knight’s castle to start a hard workout of about km. 13 (8.1 ml): 2 hilly km.; 5 km through the country where we could see ancient roman bridges and enjoy the shadow of the typical mediterranean wood and the final 6 km (half terribly hilly) in the northern part of the city. We began on the sea level to reach a hill 100 metres high to come back on the sea level.
This raid was essential and important because the people, in the city, didn’t show anymore the right respect to the Black Knights. In the last times many runners occupied the streets for their pointless workouts, many cars crossed the roads boring the Italian legion, many children played in the gardens disturbing the concentration of the glorious warriors. As you can understand we didn’t stand anymore this unbelievable situation so we had to show our strenght to all the citizens. Now the Black Knight order rules again!
At 08.00 p.m. there was the official banquet with the wives. It was a great celebration and you can see the pictures on the Sir giorgio’s blog.
War council:
War council. The lady is the Sir Alessandro's wife (the first on the left):
Before the glorious raid. From left: Alessandro, Gianni, Stefano and Giorgio
After the victory. From left: Stefano, Alessandro and Giorgio:

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The end

With this post finishes the report of the cruise. Despite the hectic life due to the many activities, the Black Knight and the Queen succeeded in running on the ship twice in one week. The next year we will repeat the experience on a cruise ship and for us it is easier because this is the first and the last port of call where the passengers do the turn around.
Here are other pictures. The fruit market of Barcelona:

Pompei: the Queen with a dog that pretended to be sick. But after some cuddles and a little of food he "came back to the life".
The Black Knight in the aquarius of Barcelona:
The Black Knight outside the Barcelona cathedral:After the cruise the mith of the Black Knight Army increased a lot and, after many celebrations in the cities where the B.K. brought his glory, now the tourists can buy a souvenir of his glorious adventures:
Running update. These are the last days of relaxing runs, mainly one day of rest after 2 workouts of 11 km (6.8 miles): the distance between my house and the beach. On the 4th of september the Black Knight will begin the 3 months training for the Florence Marathon. The goal is a sub 4 hours by 4 workouts every week. During this period only 2 races are scheduled: 01/10 Montalto Half Marathon and 12/11 Civitavecchia Half Marathon.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Chapter 6: Villefranche

The last port of call was Villefranche, a beautiful town between Nice and Montecarlo:
These are 2 views of Eze a village on the hill behind Nice where Tina Turner has a house:
On the left Villefranche and on the right Nice:

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Chapter 5: Barcelona

The forth port of call was Barcelona:

The Black Knight on the bridge between the water-front and the city. On the left there is the Cristoforo Colombo column, from there the famous Rambla begins:

A typical Gaudi's building:The Sagrada Familla:

Running update: despite the temperature in july I ran 216.5 km. (134,5 ml) but because of the heat it is impossible to plan a specific program to increase the speed. I entered the last race 3 months ago and I don't know when I will be able to run the next. Maybe on aug. 20 (a 10 km) but who knows?

Meeting: on aug. 16th the Black Knight Army italian legion will meet for a workout and a dinner all together.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Chapter 4: Palma de Majorca

The third port of call was Palma de Majorca:

The castle of Palma, suddendly conquered:
The shame of Spain: the plaza de toros (bullring arena). This is the triumph of the human cruelty. A poor bull, with the horns blunt, enters into the arena with a long knife inside his neck. The people scream and he is scared. The picadores torture him by long lances until the moment they see the blood flushing from the body. Later the banderilleros enter and stick the unlucky animal with short lances. When the bull is weak and tired the "heroic" matador kills him!!!! If you want to help the bulls please sign an appeal against the corrida, in internet you can find thousands of associations that fight against this "sport" (???).
I would like to see picadores, banderilleros and matadores naked, no matter if their horns are blunt, inside an arena against an angry bull! Coward, cruel, stupid people!