I have many friends who are biologists and have become something of a self-taught biologist thanks to this. Years ago, one of these friends told me an amazing story about an insect found in Cuba. It is a butterfly which I took a long time to identify as such.
Last week the Bocoy Rum Factory, the maker of Legendario brand rum, closed permanently with little notice to workers or the public. I didn’t read about this in newspapers or hear it from street gossip; rather I heard it from the workers themselves.
Rude behavior is becoming more and more common in our homes, streets and neighborhoods. I don’t know whether this is because the economic problems of Cubans today is expressing itself as mistreatment, yelling and offensive gestures. Yesterday I witnessed an accident that proved shameful not only for the victim.
I am rather disappointed with Cuban cinema in general but, after hearing many positive comments about Daranas’ new film Conducta (“Conduct”), I managed to overcome my misgivings and went to see it. The movie had a promising beginning.
Cuba’s so-called “cyber-dissidents” (as the government refers to anyone who does not bow to the official discourse) have criticized many different aspects of the country’s social, economic and political spheres. They are the ones who stick their fingers right inside the wound.
The film, which tackles a highly interesting social problem we face today, makes us think and realize that stories like its plot are becoming more and more common in our society and that we often do not want to put such topics on the table.
Woody Allen once said that “the heart is a very flexible organ”, and I agree with him in every sense. A colleague at Havana Times gave me a compilation of essays on free love by 19th and 20th century thinkers, put together by Osvaldo Baigorria.
Freedom is one of the most precious of human rights and, of its many different forms, freedom of conscience is doubtless one of the most valuable civil rights we can aspire to. I therefore convey my respects to those who endure prison for their ideas, whatever their political views may be.
When they walk across the bottom of the fish tank, they do so very slowly. Sometimes, however, they let the currents move them and make swimming movements that are very funny. They move stealthily among seaweeds in search of planktonic preys or sweep the sea bottom in search of any organic matter they can eat. (6 photos)
Yesterday afternoon, I caught an inter-municipal bus outside the Agostinho Neto Provincial Hospital in Guantanamo. The bus was headed for the provincial terminal. Before getting on, those who had been anxiously waiting for the bus to arrive asked the driver how much the fare was.