Trainer seeks fourth winner in the Classic in seven years but Talent could upset favourite
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Friday 23 May 2008
Wednesday 23 April 2008
Cuba's "Women in White" who staged a street protest in Havana to demand the release of their dissident husbands discovered they can expect no gentler treatment from the two-month-old government of Raul Castro than they could from that of his brother, Fidel. Ten women from the group were roughed up by a crowd of government supporters who outnumbered them 10 to one, and were thrown into a bus and driven home.
Friday 04 April 2008
After decades of being browbeaten by Communist state-run television, a new 24-hour channel with foreign content is being offered to Cuba's television viewers, many of whom were so bored they had turned off their sets years ago.
Monday 24 March 2008
The bassist and composer Israel López played a leading role in the evolution of Latin music, successively nurturing both the mambo and the improvised Cuban form known as the descarga, and paving the way for the international phenomenon that is salsa. Known invariably by the nickname "Cachao", he was, too, an innovative arranger; one who successfully synthesised his own country's musical traditions with those emanating from the American mainland to create an alluring sound which continues to seduce those who encounter it.
Thursday 21 February 2008
Wednesday 20 February 2008
The people of Havana were finding it difficult to imagine life without Fidel yesterday. Few of those on their way to work in the early hours were even aware of the news on the front pages of Cuba's official newspapers.
Wednesday 20 February 2008
Late in 1979, while working as a researcher in the Labour Party's international department, I met Fidel Castro.
Friday 08 February 2008
Tata Güines was one of the finest, most original and best-loved percussionists in the history of Cuban music, whose rousing playing made him a celebrity for followers of both jazz and then world music, in a remarkable career that lasted for six decades. He specialised in playing the conga drums, the tall, barrel-like instruments that had originally been brought to Cuba by African slaves, and which brought Güines his inevitable nickname, "King of the Congas".
Tuesday 22 August 2006
The home-crowd effect is already lifting the British team at the World Championships. Members of the men's eight and women's quad both cited the incentive of competing on home water to enhance performance, even if there are fewer spectators early in the week than there will be at the weekend's finals.
Sunday 22 January 2006
Friday 10 June 2005
Saturday 21 May 2005
Saturday 13 November 2004
I went to a wedding at the weekend in Havana ... in Brighton. Let us just dwell on that phrase for a few moments: I went to a wedding at the weekend in Havana ... in Brighton.
Sunday 26 September 2004
Wednesday 05 May 2004
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