Almanack: Bullied beef take a dive

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DEEP gloom in Spanish bullfighting circles: the animals, it seems, are no longer up to the job. Fans of the bloodthirsty pursuit complain that too many modern bulls are shirking the fight or simply keeling over before the action can begin. In the old days, they say this would never have happened. A few hard-line aficionados of the corrida blame in- breeding; others mutter about a mysterious genetically transmitted disease. Is this the first instance of BSE in sport, or are the bovine cowards taking a dive?

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