Chaotic days and winking ways in Cuba

The Guardian, March 20 1999

It was a big moment. The young couple had emerged from the register office in the centre of Havana, holding hands and smiling shyly, to find the pavement full of people and the street in front of them occupied by what must have been the biggest, flashest, reddest Mercedes sports car in the city.

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A match made in Havana

The Guardian, February 10 2001

Sometime long after midnight - after the food had run out, but while the wine and the rum were still bubbling over the bar, probably around the time that the salsa band finally took off into orbit and the whole room went with it in one collective dance of perspiration - just around then, I fell in love.

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