Hasta Siempre Comandante

On this day, 9 October, year 1967, was murdered Ernesto Che Guevara.

One year ago I publushed in this blog the song Hasta Siempre Comandante performed by Joan Baez. Today I bring again the song, but the original version by Carlos Puebla, composed in 1965.


Punishment for a dead King

Now that a Felipe, the VI one, is the new head of state in Spain, due to the undeniable merit of being son of his daddy, it’s good to recall the last Felipe, the V one, who was King of Spain by the grace of God from 1700 to 1746. Here he is, in a famous portrait. Please, look carefully the pic, you should notice something odd.

Portrait of Philip V, in the Almudín of Xativa.
Portrait of Philip V – photo: Enrique Íñiguez Rodríguez – Wikimedia Commons

The portrait is upside down. I haven’t done that with PhotoShop, really the portrait, located in the museum Almudín of Xàtiva, Spain, is upside down since 1940. Continue reading to know why.


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Homage to Salvador Allende

Salvador Allende
Palacio de la Moneda, 11 Sept 1973 – Photo by Chico Lagos


Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossens, 26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973, killed in the coup organized by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, with Augusto Pinochet as executing arm. More than 30.000 people in Chile were killed on that 11 September and next years.

A video made by Mouss et Hakim and Ángel Parra in 2003, Hommage à Salvador Allende:

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8 hours labor, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest

Today is 1 May, the May Day or International Worker’s Day, celebrated since the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, Chicago.

Eight Hour Day Banner
Eight Hour Day Banner, Melbourne, 1856 – Wikipedia

So, it’s a good day to remember and repeat, once more, that old, very old demand: the eight-hour day. The slogan 8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest is atributted to Robert Owen, who could have enunciated it by 1817.

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