Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Man of His Time

Archive photo Today marks the 170th anniversary of the birth of Jose Marti, our deceived and manipulated Apostle.  After dying in an absurd military action, his image and ideology have been used by some and by others, according to the … Continue reading

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Changes Are Inevitable

Very few doubt that changes are happening in Cuba, although they are epidermal and too slow. Also, very few doubt they should deeper, more comprehensive and faster. The “model” implemented beginning in 1959 has proved its failure: instead of resolving … Continue reading

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Is Galiano Being Revived?

In Galiano, Havana’s former main commercial street, they are installing street lamps that are exact reproductions of the original ones, which have decayed or been destroyed by the passage of time and apathy. The fronts of its surviving buildings are … Continue reading

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Something Different — A Lecture on Havana’s Buildings and the State of the City

Yesterday I attended an interesting lecture by the architect Miguel Coyula, on the history and current state of the buildings in the city of Havana and its continuing deterioration. It was held in the old Provincial College of Architects of … Continue reading

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Cholera Appears

Photo by Rebeca From the posters placed around the city urging people to protect themselves from cholera through a set of preventive measures, the increase is visits to doctors and nurses asking about acute diarrheal symptoms, the prohibition of offering … Continue reading

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Between Ridicule and the Absurd

In literature, and in Latin America in particular, the themes of ridicule and the absurd, both individual and collective, are addressed by many authors. The same happens in theater and film. It seems that in our case it is a … Continue reading

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Clarifying Some Opinions

Some readers, some annoying, who disagree with what I posted on 1.1.13, raising the issue of the marginalization of the city of Havana. I do not try to please everyone with my opinions, since I reject unanimity and, in addition, … Continue reading

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An Evening of Chinese Food and Jazz

Photo: Archive I was invited by my son and his wife, who live in Canada and are visiting Cuba, to TienTan, a restaurant located in Havana’s formerly populous Chinatown, now reduced to a few blocks and almost devoid of Chinese … Continue reading

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The Year That’s Gone and the One That’s Coming

Photo: Peter Deel The officially designated “Year 54 of the Revolution” has come to an end. No one can deny that in 2012 some changes were made to the comatose Cuban “model,” but it is true that the majority amounted … Continue reading

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Again Something From the "Wild West"

Three years ago I went with Rebeca to greet the New Year at some friends’ house, located on Águila Street in the Central Havana district. What happened to us there became the basis of a post in her blog in which … Continue reading

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