The Lost Art of Conversation.

horse talk

I personally find that nowadays it’s much more interesting and rewarding to talk to horses than to human beings.

I mean, horses don’t pretend are totally frank and everything that they say comes out of the horse’s mouth.

And as my friend blogger Sonata from Australia added after I posted it.
* They Listen to what you are saying
* They do not criticise
* And when you say ‘You see what i mean’
they sort of nod their head as if saying Yes
i could not agree more, they can give back more than
any other mere human being can do…

You can’t have a better interaction.

Wickedness and Goodness

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This image never fails to touch and disturb me deeply.

It shows a matador that during a Corrida has a breakdown, sat down in front of the bull that he was trying to kill and started crying. After that particular corrida (bullfight) the matador whose name is Alvaro Munera gave up bullfighting for good.

A poignant part of the image for me though is the bull shown already punctured and hurt by several spears inflicted on him by Picadores mounted on horses to weaken him. The bull is bleeding heavily and as he looks at the matador he seems to be saying: ”Why have you done this to me? What have I done to you to deserve it? I’ve never meant any harm to you.”

I went to a corrida during a  vacation in Spain when I was young out of curiosity to see what it was all about and I was totally horrified.

What disgusted me most though wasn’t so much the Corrida itsef, for as brutal as it was, but the thousands of spectators, that included many women and children, enjoying the spectacle and inciting the bullfighter with cries of joy to kill the bull. Soon after that I went home and decided that I would never go back to Spain until the Corrida would be abolished, a resolution that I kept to this day in spite that I like Spain, Spanish culture and that I speak the language like a native.

To me those spectators didn’t seem any different from the ancient Romans that went to the Coliseum to see Christians being killed and eaten by lions or gladiators fighting each other to death. In fact historically the bullfight derives from those brutal games

The same sort of feeling I have for those millions of spectators that pay huge sums to see boxers hitting their brains until one of them is knocked out unconscious.

It may seem too drastic to decide of not going to Spain, which is otherwise a lovely country, unless bullfight is banned, especially considering that horrendous abuses against animals and people are committed in many countries such as China, to mention one, where each year they celebrate the Yulin dog meat festival during which many dogs are electrocuted, burned, crashed and skinned while alive and conscious besides allowing the sales of tigers and rhino products and ivory.  However, if people would refuse to commercially support countries where horrible crimes are perpetrated against animals and humans I’m sure that such barbarities would stop immediately.

As Ghandi showed against the British boycott is the most powerful weapon.

The writing at the bottom of the photo are the words of the Toreador after the bullfight for which I give the translation in case that you can’t read Spanish

“And all of a sudden the bull looked at me with the innocence of all animals reflected in his eyes, but also with an imploration. It was a charge against the inexplicable injustice, a supplication in the face of an unnecessary cruelty. This time he felt sorry for me and I felt as if I was the worst garbage of the world.”

Animal Art

images Would you invest one hundred pounds, euro or dollars in a picture painted by an anteater? I bet that you wouldn’t want to part with that useful amount of cash because in your view it would be a waste of money and a daft investment as there can be. Well, if that is what you think consider the following case: In February 1964 a gallery put on an exhibition of an unknown painter called Pierre Brassau. On the opening day the critics and the media went to see it and after having assessed it they wrote convincing articles that poured bucketsful of praise on the merits of the paintings envisaging a great future for the talented artist who had made them.

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Chimpanzee artist.

Weeks later the gallery publicly admitted that the artist who had made the pictures was a chimpanzee called Peter. In spite of having been a hoax made at the expenses of the art world it was taken very well with the result that Peters’ paintings were sold out for big sums of money. Since that episode many more animals were given brushes and paints in order to produce art works, among these were several more chimpanzee, one of which called Congo who became very famous selling its pictures at higher prices than a guy called Andy Warhol who was displaying his artworks in the same exhibition, as well as elephants, gorilla, cats, pigs dogs etceteras earning good dividends for their owners and those art collectors who invested in them.

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Pig artist at work

This shows that the modern art business is really a crazy and unpredictable one. Having said all this being an artist myself I had a good look at paintings done by some of the above mentioned animal artists and I must say that they often look much better than a lot of paintings done by famous human artists that are hanged nowadays  in modern art museums and galleries and sold for millions and even hundreds of millions.