Tuesday, June 5, 2007

An Interesting Discovery

No doubt others may be familiar with it but I am not. I think it will especially interest our Brazilian-based reader who never comments here but visits us daily. It is a Portuguese blog entitled Fumaças (Fumazas), which is dedicated to "charutos [cigars], politíca, poesia [e] prazeres" and whose motto is "Never, never, never give up." It is written in Spanish, for the most part, by João Carvalho Fernandes. In it I found little about "charutos, poesia [e] prazeres" and a great deal of Cuban news and commentary, all of it critical of the Castro regime. The man is certainly one of us and how he became one of us is a pleasant and encouraging surprise. I urge you visit his blog and thank him for feeling our pain at such a remove. Visit it also as a tonic against Matt Lauer's lies. The world does not consist solely of this country. Civilization both includes and transcends this country.



João Carvalho Fernandes said...


It´s not spanish... It´s portuguese!

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Although I do believe I noted that it is a Portuguese blog, there are a great many Spanish articles in it and anyone who really knows Spanish will have no difficulty reading Portuguese. I never formally learnt it, but have even translated in it.

Please feel free to write here in Spanish or Portuguese. I assume from the brevity of your remarks that you would be more expansive in those languages than you are in English.

Vana said...

Thank you Manuel, I will check out his blog, as you pointed out Portuguese is very close to Spanish, I myself have spoken to Brazilians in Spanish, and we do understand each other

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


Many of his articles are in Spanish and he even has a sister blog where he translates it all into what he avers is somewhat faulty but perfect understandable English.