I've never been to Chiapas. I've never made the pilgrimage to the Lacandon jungle. I've never sat in the mud and the mist in La Realidad. I've never begged, pleaded or posed to get an audience with Subcomandante Marcos, the masked man, the faceless face of Mexico's Zapatista National Liberation Army. I know people who have. Lots of them. In 1994, the summer after the Zapatista rebellion, caravans to Chiapas were all the rage in north American activist circles: friends got together and raised money for secondhand vans, filled them with supplies, then drove south to San Cristobal de las Casas and left the vans behind. I didn't pay much attention at the time. Back then, Zapatista-mania looked suspiciously like just another cause for guilty lefties with a Latin American fetish: another Marxist rebel army, another macho leader, another chance to go south and buy colourful textiles. Hadn't we heard this story before? Hadn't it ended badly? Last week, there was another caravan in Chiapas. But … [Read more...] about The unknown icon
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The title of Cilla: The Lost Tapes (ITV) carried a hint of mystery. Were we about to hear a bombshell discovery about Our Cilla, the coat check girl from the Cavern Club who became a Sixties sensation and went on to rule over ITV prime time for two decades? Thankfully not. The programme should really have been called Cilla: A Celebration. It was a warm-hearted journey through Cilla Black’s life, studded with home videos that had apparently lain forgotten in her house for years before her death in 2015. … [Read more...] about Cilla: The Lost Tapes, review: these forgotten home videos made for a lovely tribute to Our Cilla
In 2009, as the crisis began laying waste to the reputations of some of finance’s biggest names, especially in the debt-trading world, Javid got out, turning his back on a salary estimated to be in the region of £3m a year. Through his years in finance, he had maintained his interest in politics – working as an aide to Rudy Giuliani’s New York mayoral campaign in 1993 and remembered by his colleagues for his awareness. He had stayed in touch with his Tory friends from Exeter, including the MP Robert Halfon and the journalist Tim Montgomerie, and when the expenses scandal threw up the seat of Bromsgrove the year before the 2010 general election, Javid decided it was his moment. He won it with ease. … [Read more...] about What Thatcherite union buster Sajid Javid learned on Wall Street
Only last March he had described Ms Campbell as ‘loyal, generous, kind and very sensitive’. Mr Enninful said: ‘To me she will always be a legend.’ But a friend of the supermodel revealed that such warm words were not a feature of their recent exchange. … [Read more...] about Naomi Campbell has ‘fallout of all fallouts’ with British Vogue editor Edward Enniful after she failed to mention him in speech at fashion award show… and it ended with some ‘nasty’ texts
Proceedings began with Street stalwart Rita finding out that her most recent husband (her third, if you’re counting), Dennis Tanner – black sheep son of Sixties Weatherfield siren Elsie and “a rogue, a rascal and a cheat”, according to Rita – had died and requested that she scatter his ashes in Blackpool. … [Read more...] about Coronation Street, 10,000th episode review: is Ken Barlow quitting the cobbles?