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Himalaya

Day 5: Taxila

Michael Palin - HimalayaAs if this isn't perilous enough, some enthusiastic teams throw firecrackers to 'panic' their bull into even greater speeds.

One team loses control at the start and the bulls make a 90-degree turn and plunge headfirst into the crowd. Two more hurtle off towards a flagpole that Basil has chosen as a photo-position, taking out the flag and almost Basil as well as they race off the course to the freedom of the fresh-cut wheat fields beyond.

Prince Malik says this only confirms that bulls aren't stupid. They know that their best interest lies in getting rid of their handlers as soon as possible, by any means possible. As he's explaining this a pair that seemed to be going well take an inexplicable left turn and head straight towards us. Nigel and Pete, filming with their backs to the course, are the last to notice. Grabbing the camera and tripod they dive for cover as Prince Malik roars helpfully.

'Under the truck! Always under the truck!'

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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 5: Taxila
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Taxila
  • Book page no: 23

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