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POSTERS ON THE EDGE

Like glam rock, flares and platform shoes, Athena posters caught the mo od of the Seventies and early Eighties. Now, though, the company may be going t o the wall

Dear Athena poster girl (playing tennis with no knickers)

Your bare-faced cheek was once a symbol of teenage rebellion. Now it is synonymous with bad taste and the classic boom and bust stories of the Eighties

Old Red keen to learn some new tricks: In Cape Town, John Carlin finds that despite his initial misgivings, the new Minister of Housing, Joe Slovo, is a happy man

THE GOOD news for the Department of Housing was that the new minister was white - the bad news was that he was the chairman of the South African Communist Party.

THE BROADER PICTURE / The man who shot Che Guevara

ALBERTO Diaz Gutierrez, better known as 'Korda', was born in Cuba in 1928, the same year that Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, who would have celebrated his 66th birthday this week, was born in Argentina. Korda's family was working class - his father worked for the railways - and although he obtained a degree in journalism he began his professional life as a door-to-door salesman, selling cash registers. Then, while trying to sell one to a photographer, he discovered his vocation.

Goodbye Che, hello Claudia

ATHENA, whose glossy posters of Che Guevara and a tennis-playing girl scratching her bottom adorned student walls for two-and-a-half decades, is in trouble. 'The company hasn't really moved with the times,' said a spokesperson cheerfully, explaining why a new marketing supremo has arrived to take the 171-store chain upmarket and dust off its Seventies image. 'There's been a real lack of awareness about what young people like. I really don't think that 15 to 25-year-olds want the Wombles on their wall any more.'

Obituary: Tim Souster

Timothy Andrew James Souster, composer, musician: born Bletchley, Buckinghamshire 29 January 1943; married 1967 Penelope Hales (two daughters); died Cambridge 1 March 1994.

Mexico's rebels look to the future: Guerrilla leader 'Subcomandante Marcos' seems confident of victory, and his support is growing, writes Phil Davison

HIS EYES have become the best-known in Mexico, smiling from a black woollen balaclava. No one knows the true identity of 'Subcomandante Marcos' of the Emiliano Zapata Liberation Army (EZLN), but he has taken on a charismatic image more akin to that of Che Guevara than of the Mexican revolutionary from which his group took its name.

MUSIC / Clowns among classics: Julian Rushton at the Harrogate Festival's Philip Wilby premiere

WAS IT new music, or light entertainment? If anyone can weld such disparate objectives together, it should be the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, a group of five brass virtuosi whose techniques and theatrical gall are equal to anything. But while they stun us with rich sound and the sheer fluidity of their playing, they mar the effect by cavalier programming. Even Richard Sandland's tuba is an accomplished musical acrobat, needlessly cast, in a spoof selection from Nutcracker, as an elephant emulating a sugar-plum fairy.

Music: When Hope fought Death: As Radio 3 launches its month-long 1968 season, Bayan Northcott attempts to recapture the tone of the time

WAS it really all so vital, so hopeful, so different from any other year? The English middle- class students copying their Paris comrades in college and art school protests against 'repressive tolerance' through the summer and autumn of 1968 would have liked to think so. But there was an air of instant mythologising that seemed unconvincing even at the time.

TRAVEL / Che Guevara, cheese-graters and me: Cuba is a land of faded political posters and shops selling bizarre, useless items. James Walton warms to the dying embers of Communism

LAST June, summer holiday negotiations with my girlfriend had completely broken down. I was keen to spend some time shaking my head in a doleful fin de siecle manner over the dying embers of Communism somewhere miserable; she (who has a proper job) was holding out for relaxation on a beach somewhere nice. It was deadlock.

Letter: The truth about Che

Sir: Jonathan Glancey writes of Comandante Guevara as a 'myth' and an 'icon' ('Che: the myth on your T-shirt', 9 October); not surprisingly, since, in the dreamy, image-centred world of the Independent, only the ethereal is concrete. The truth about Che is less trendily post-modern: he was an unusually successful guerrilla commander, a useful politician, and (as anyone who has read his speeches knows) one of the most original, influential and exciting political thinkers of this century.

Che: the myth on your T-shirt: Twenty-five years after his death, Che Guevara proves that charisma can lead to quixotic deeds as well as to evil ones, says Jonathan Glancey

Che Guevara, 'the most complete human being of our age' according to Jean-Paul Sartre, was interrogated, then shot to death in a mud-walled schoolroom in the Bolivian village of Higuera on 9 October 1967.
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