SPAIN: The Bull Bums

Among Anglo-Saxons the passion for bullfights used to be limited largely to such professional tauromaniacs as Novelist Ernest Hemingway, Barnaby (Matador) Conrad and Drama Critic Kenneth Tynan. Next came Actress Ava Gardner, who, like many a lady before her, had trouble choosing between man and beast. But last week Spain was crawling with a new species of Anglo-American characters known, even among themselves, as bull bums. Before a bullfight, these happy eccentrics can usually be found tossing down a fino in the lobby of the leading hotel or paying respects as the...

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