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In the footsteps of a world legend

Che Guevara died 30 years ago in Bolivia. Now you can trace the route of his guerrillas across this wild country, writes Stacy Marking

The last journey of Che Guevara

The body of Che Guevara, which has now finally been discovered beneath the airstrip at the Bolivian town of Vallegrande, was buried by a Cuban-American agent of the CIA, Gustave Villoldo, who was the head of the CIA's "country team" in Bolivia. According to the most recent biography of Guevara, by the Mexican political scientist Jorge Castaneda, Villoldo revealed that he had taken part in the burial.

Pet Shop Boys Savoy Theatre, London

Try walking into a record company to sell them the idea of two average-looking blokes on stage wearing shapeless Communist-style clothes, with the baseball- hatted one standing motionless behind an ancient keyboard and the balding one singing in a monotone, and you'll discover at first hand how efficient their security staff are.

Portrait of the martyr as a young man

Ian Thomson charts Che's progress from playboy to executioner; Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson, Bantam Press, pounds 25

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Appliance of science to stripy bow ties

Ever since Melvyn Bragg started being interested in science and having lots of scientists on his Start the Week show, lots of ordinary people have started being interested in science and asking scientific questions that they have never asked before, such as, "Why are there so many scientists on Start the Week and, statistically speaking, is it against the odds to have so many, especially geneticists, on the programme?"

Where Robert Harris meets Jeanette Winterson. Or not, as the case may be

I have gone down with an infection and I don't see why I should suffer alone. It isn't anything serious, just one of those acquired sensitivities to one of the many allergens of modern life. I contracted this one in my local bookshop, after browsing through the new titles section and noticing two paperback blurbs. One, for Tim Parks's novel Mimi's Ghost, read "Tarantino meets Peter Mayle" and the other, for Libby Purves's novel Casting Off, read "Joanna Trollope meets Tom Sharpe". Whether it was just the coincidence of the same locution appearing only a few shelves apart, or the transparent coat-trailing of the names selected, I haven't been able to shake this irritating turn of phrase from my mind.

Who would vote to be an MP's child?

The children of four politicians talk to Decca Aitkenhead about growing up in the glare of publicity

Opera; NABUCCO New Theatre, Cardiff

Ever since their early days, the Welsh National Opera has had a soft spot for Verdi's Nabucco, perhaps because its choruses reminded the singers of home: "Va pensiero" - "Go, thought, on golden wings and light on the slopes and hills where the gentle breezes of our native soil blow soft and fragrant." The boos which greeted Tim Albery's new production at the New Theatre, Cardiff on Tuesday were the pained outburst of the bereaved parent. He and his designer Antony McDonald probably should have taken their bow with coats over their heads and a police escort.

Six revolutionary sights

You say you want a revolutionary holiday? Latin America is the place. Forty-two years ago this week, Fidel Castro launched an unsuccessful attempt to topple the Batista regime, finally coming to power six years later with the help of Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara (right). As Jonathan Glancey reports, you can trace the last footsteps of the rebel with one cause too many across the altiplano of Bolivia.

Dear Che Guevara

Salud! We'll toast your 67th birthday - and admit the triumph of capitalism - with a Che Fruta, the new Cuban beer that's been named after you

The skunks who smell success

Scary, or a truly hot band? Nicolas Barber meets Skunk Anansie, newcomers with a wild, wild act and a very big future

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Sir: Tom Wilkie's article, "Winter babies born to be wild" (9 February), concludes that not all radical reformers are born in the winter.
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