A week ago, the news broke that Carlos Tevez had put in a transfer request, keen to leave his current Premiership club, Manchester City. Initial speculation was first confirmed by the press [Top TWEET by @DTguardian on Dec. 11: Carlos Tevez story is true ... written transfer request, considering quitting football altogether, homesick and unhappy], then by the club, and finally by Tevez himself as he released a statement expertly distributed by his business representative Kia Joorbachian.
"It's soul, man!" pronounces Gilles Peterson, his face lighting up as he takes a sip into his chilled mojito. "Cuban music is from the heart, it's free, there are less rules somehow," the DJ extraordinaire tells CNN about the endless energy of the island's music.
You've got your spot on a lounge chair angled into the hot Caribbean sun, with tall, slender palm trees jutting out over your head. As you gaze at the calm turquoise waters and sip that refreshing rum drink, you may ask yourself, "What more could I possibly want?"
Circles Robinson is a 55-year-old American who has lived in Havana with his family since 2001. He works revising English translations for official Cuban media online publications and in his spare time he writes his own blog and manages the Havana Times Web site.
A dose of conjunctivitis didn't help, and this year's Rio de Janeiro Carnaval passed me by, which I regret. I'm a fan -- especially of the showpiece occasion, the parade of the samba schools. I find it an uplifting spectacle of joy, creativity and culture, great to watch, even better to participate.
Nowadays both Lenin and Lennon are commemorated in statue in Havana. It's perhaps not surprising; after all, music and politics are synonymous with Cuba and its famous capital. Cuba may be one of the last bastions of Communism, but Castro's twilight years have seen the Caribbean island adopt a more friendly face after its long, lonely years as a Cold War warrior. The country that once almost pitched the world into atomic conflict is now happy to accept tourist dollars. These days Che Guevara, the poster boy of the Revolution, is as much a photogenic salesman for Caribbean beach holidays and Havana city breaks as countercultural icon. Ever since "Buena Vista Social Club" and its spinoffs launched Cuban artists into the mainstream, the island has also reaped the rewards of its rich musical heritage with groups such as Buena Fe among its most successful exports. Narrowly separated from the mainland U.S. by the Florida Straits, Cuba was an American obsession long before the 1959 Revolution. Theodore Roosevelt
Described as "the coolest man on earth" by filmmaker Wes Anderson, Rio-born musician and actor Seu Jorge has picked up the mantle from the likes of Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and the Tropicalistas as a cultural ambassador for his country.