Thursday, June 05, 2008

The old man and the villa

That old story about Ernest Hemingway’s villa just outside Havana has made it on to Australian television.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship current affairs program, The 7.30 Report, last night broadcast a report from its North American correspondent on the “political battle” over the restoration of the house and its historical contents.

And sure enough, guess who is to blame for the state of repairs of Finca Vigia …

No, no, not the Castro regime, which confiscated the property in 1961, neglected it for decades and only in the past few years decided to turn it into a (lucrative) major tourist attraction, as you can see
here.

According to the ABC report, the Cubans want to restore and maintain the villa and the 9,000 or so books and manuscripts inside, if only they could get some financial help from the US.

But you know those nasty Americans … they are refusing to help “thanks to the trade embargo” and that silly George W Bush.

You can read the transcript
here.

1 Comments:

Blogger manny said...

THe truth is its wonderful and nothing more tan a science project for non cubans to comment and their opinions know about the revoluion. Let the Cuban people those on the island those in exile and those living abroad sort out their issues they have alot to learn from each otther.

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