As I was working through these images, I was reminded for some reason (maybe the Latino flavour) of something I read a long time ago. I had scribbled it down – it’s a Pablo Neruda anecdote and comes from his Memoirs if I’m not mistaken:
We had prepared a talk “al alimón.” You probably don’t know what that means, and neither did I. Federico, who always had some invention or idea up his sleeve, explained: “Two bullfighters can fight the same bull at the same time, using only one cape between them. This is one of the most perilous feats in bullfighting. That’s why it’s so seldom seen. Not more than twice or three times in a century, and it can be done only by two bullfighters who are brothers, or at least blood relations. This is called fighting a bull “al alimón.” And that’s the way we’ll do our talk.
What follows is a very entertaining speech in which they take turns to speak from their opposite ends of the table, bringing tribute to a fellow poet and writer. It ends with the two saying together: Por cuyo homenaje y gloria levantamos nuestro vaso!
Dear Marijke and Christian, yo tambien levanto mi vaso: To your new life “al alimón” One cape!