Wednesday, October 10, 2007

RIP. "Ernesto"

Che Guevara. My eldest daughter is named after him. I should point out her name is "Shea" - not Ernesto!


Phil said...

Okay – serious now…I’m also a bit of a fan of Che here. Even make a small mention of him within my ‘San Sebastian – Basque Connection’ post zilla. If you haven’t already seen the Argentinean film ‘The Motor Cycle Diaries’ then you really must. I’m a bit of a film appreciator, and this one is one of my top three faves of all time.

It’s a beautifully crafted biopic of Ernesto’s true coming of age and ideologies’ period, during the year long sabbatical he took from his medical studies when he set out on a multi thousand mile motor cycle journey throughout the South American continent with his closest friend.

It’s a totally true and factual account of the real life images and impoverished people experiences he witnessed that fuelled his future life Marxist beliefs.

You should be able to pick up a good DVD copy pretty cheap now, from Amazon or elsewhere. If you can’t, I’ll happily post you mine to borrow for a month or so.

Another two recent films worth watching are – ‘Che’ which is a two-part 2008 biopic about Ernesto 'Che' Guevara directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio del Toro.

Again, if you haven’t already seen them, they are a well crafted documentary style biopic of his life from first meeting Fidel Castro to his ultimate tragic assassination by the CIA.

These two films should still be available to hire from your leading film hire shops out there.

And on a more serious note still, we all sincerely hope your respective lives down there have not been too tragically affected by this ungodly earth quake. And in the event that you have lost your home and possessions, we can only express our deepest thoughts and sympathies for you all as you begin the long and challenging journey to rebuild and repair your lives once again Amanda.

The Sagittarian said...

Phil- I've seen the movie and got the book, loved them both. have just got access to my pc topday, it's been an horrendous week or whatever it's been, our house badly damaged but...we're alive!

Phil said...

Hello Amanda - So good to hear from you again, and I'm delighted for you that you’re re-connected. We can't imagine what you've all been going through down there over these last days.

The destruction, chaos and misery you’re collectively having to deal with must be monumentally challenging.

Seriously relieved to hear that you and your family and pets escaped physical injury, but the news about the damage to your house and possessions is truly tragic. I can only send you our best wishes and hopes for a return to some sort of normality and re-building as soon as feasible during the months to come.

I get the impression you’re the type of individual who tends to focus on others around you rather than just yourself Amanda. That being the admiral case, just try and find yourself some 'me' time now and again. You’re entitled to that.

You’re ahead of me with the 'Che' book I see. Haven’t read it myself. Should though! Was a great film wasn’t it. Glad to find another fan.

Sincerely hope you enjoyed your find of the undamaged wine crate contents, and the arrival of the portaloo.

Look forward to reading your future posts again, as and when you can. Keep in touch Amanda, and say hi to the pussy cats for me. Best wishes to you all during these continued sensitive times down there.

Great to hear from you – Thanks! - Phil xx