A happy New Year to the incredible El Commandante himself Fidel Castro who made a public appearance at an art exhibition in Havana Cuba on Wednesday January 10th. 20 14. At the age of 87 years. More frail than we are used to seeing him but still an impressive and imposing figure as he was photographed among cheering crowds. He was seen chatting with the exhibition organisers and local artists. Reports say that he has retained all his legendary intellectual sharpness and is up to speed with world events and political situations. He was seen to be alert and able to discuss ideas and stories in an animated and vigorous way.
He continues to defy convention and remains an inspirational figure to Socialists and progressive people worldwide, like his close friend and comrade the late Nelson Mandela he is truly worthy of being called a legend. The story of how he, with a handful of poorly equipped comrades one of whom was the equally famous and revered Che Guevara took on the most powerful military power in history America and eventually triumphed against it is indeed the stuff of heroic legend and will live forever. Wherever there is oppression, wherever people fight for freedom and where there is injustice his name will continue to inspire. Along with Mandela I regard it as a privilege to have shared the planet with him for 65 years and I hope we continue to share it for many more years.