September 20th, 2003

emu

Chile

I have been watching several documentaries on the Chilean coup in 73 lately. Yesterday another one I taped last week. This time it is about supporters of Pinochet. Several former ministers, bourgeoisie and church members all defend him. Worst was the preacher who defended Pinochet. Off course people disappeared, were tortured and killed. `Tell me one government, democratically chosen or not, where things like that do not happen` were his exact words. Disgusted I switched of the video. As if it is not wrong to kill, because it happens all the time. I don´t know if I will watch the rest of the documentary. A world were people defend a war criminal because they were better of while he was in power is not my world.
emu

Shops

Just went to get two breads to last me another week or more. The girl working there is one of our new students. I always think it is funny to see students out of their surroundings, several of them work in shops on saturdays and evenings. I guess they find it difficult sometimes, as they do not know how to cope with the role change.
emu

An old one

MONTE CARLO

Standing in the middle of the square, she grabs my attention, wildly gesticulating at her husband. "More to the right, to the right" she seems to be saying. He is a bit reluctant. Sees through the camera and concludes that his position is all right. "From here it'll do."
"No, it won't. Go to the right." She tells him off. Finally he decides to step aside a bit.
"Your left, my right." She is shouting now. Moving her arms like a policeman in rush hour, she directs him to the position she wants him to take. Finally she's satisfied. Looks over her shoulder once more to see the palace and decides he can snap now. And so he does.
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BARB: HOW'S YOUR DIET GOING CHERYL?
CHERYL: I'M DOING ALL RIGHT. I LOST FOUR POUNDS, I PUT TWO BACK ON, THEN ANOTHER
TWO . . . SO I'VE NOT GAINED ANY.
BARB: YOU'RE DOING VERY WELL TO STICK TO IT.
emu

Vuelta

While watching the cycling on Belgium I just learned that Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on the same day. Talk about coincidence.

The things you learn listening to cycling commentators.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Por la libre (03-044)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Por la libre (03-044)

After nearly two weeks into my holiday I had finished all books I had taken. Not a bad sign, just meant I needed a new book, and I needed it quick. So with the supply of English books next to zero, I had to resort to a Spanish book. I have read Spanish books in the past, yet I also realised that a complete or epic novel is too complicated for my language skills. GGM has been one of favourites for a decade and a half I guess, but he has written so many books, it is nearly impossible to keep up. Some of his smaller novels I managed in Spanish, his masterpiece, 100 years of solitude, in translation.

Luckily I bumped into this book, volume 4 of a series of his work as a journalist (Obra Periodista 1974 - 1975), so I decided to spend a few dollars on this one. I have not regretted it for one second. The very first story about Chile dragged me into it, with a former CIA-agent confessing the scary role the Americans played in the coup of 1973. I'm still wondering, how, when this article has been published first in Colombia in 1974, Kissinger ever won the Nobel peace prize.

The story on his visit to Cuba was very interesting to read, while visiting the island myself. His admiration for Fidel is well known; though I had expected GGM to be able to divide his political preference to the reality, therefore I consider this story to be under his level. Yet in the end I knew a lot more about a lot of things that happened in recent history. Angola, Congo, Vietnam, Colombia, Cuba, are clearer to me now. I got to know about Philip Agee, Miguel Enriquez, Rodolfo Walsh, Jaime Bateman, Alberto Camps and many others. The Spanish wasn't too difficult, especially as the articles were never longer than 30 pages.

GGM is not just a great author; he is also a great journalist. His work gives me plenty to look forward to. Love in times of Cholera is waiting for me. So is another volume of his journalistic work.
emu

Perfect ten

I just noticed I have written nine times already today. That´s what happens if you spent a day in front of the screen. But as my calender is yet to show double digits for this year, I decided to make it a perfect ten.
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