Ryan

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  1. Yes, it was 2013. CA had a party in Havana on the Tuesday night of the 2014 Habanos festival to commemorate the win for the Montecristo No. 2
  2. I think, by law, it could take a while to reverse this decision, and that is after it gets on the radar of a president who wants to change it. Congress has 45 days to object and I think a sign-off is required that there is at least belief that Cuba has taken no part in state-sponsored terrorism in the previous six months. The argument made to get Cuba back on the list of State-sponsored terror was a group of Colombian dissidents (not FARC) in Cuba for talks, who have been blamed by Bogota for blowing up a police barracks last year, Cuba is not willing to extradite them to Colombia, stating that it would break the terms of the talks. While Cuba was on the list until 2015 anyway, you would think "no real change there, I was using credit cards to buy Cuban cigars before that." What it does, is put Cuba back on the radar of every bank and credit card provider in the world. At least any that have dealings with the US, which is most, if not all. So, while any of us may or may not agree with the decision. It is not good for anyone who likes to use credit cards to buy Cuban cigars. How much of a difference it will actually make, too early to tell.
  3. Interesting point from this article. "the UK’s best-selling car last December wasn’t a Volkswagen Golf or a Ford Fiesta, but the electric Tesla Model 3, which starts at £40,490." Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2264265-electric-cars-best-ever-year-is-a-tipping-point-for-green-transport/#ixzz6ixrif3Tn 2025 isn't looking too outlandish. At least in some countries. As I said earlier in the thread, Norway is already there.
  4. The Queen's Gambit is a nice watch with the significant other. The Terror on Amazon Prime (at least the first series). Very good. Based on the true story of an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage in 1845. Solid cast, script and scenery, and very well researched. There is a possible supernatural aspect but it doesn't take from it. The episode I saw last night had one of the best lines I've seen in a TV show in a long time. One of the officers is going through alcohol withdrawal and he is asked, "How do you feel today, sir?" "Like Christ, but with more nails."
  5. Just wondering if anyone knows of a site or a mechanism to send money from outside Cuba to one of these cards/accounts? Please PM if you have any security concerns, but I don't think there are any.
  6. I get the beauty of the mechanics of a well-made watch though. I started watching this guy at me desk late at night in the dark days of the first lock-down here. Nice stuff.
  7. I've been tempted by automatic watches in the past but never pulled the trigger. Different issues with them that I personally don't like keep turning me off. I change my watch, an analogue quartz, every 10 -15 years. Last year I got this, The Frederique Constant FC-200RS5S36 as part of an Irish tax-avoidance scheme. RRP about €400. It's simple, accurate to within a second a week. 39mm wide and 5mm thick. Perfect watch for me.
  8. There's a "who's who" of the cigar world in that video. Retailers and distributors from UK Ireland Australia Cuba Germany Netherlands Argentina Belgium Canada Switzerland Poland Portugal Serbia Spain China Hong Kong Japan US Gibraltar One of "The Ladies" can be seen dancing.
  9. In 2014, I had an idea for a little project. When Hector Luis Prieto very kindly agreed, I brought a film crew out to Hector Luis’s farm in February 2015 to get some footage of him on his farm for a day. The project never came to completion but we had a great day, many thanks to Hector. It was an unseasonably cold and overcast day in Pinar del Rio and Mildrey (camera-person) was having a very hard time with the light but we got some nice clips. Angel and Gustavo of “Duo Sauce” came over to my place later in the week, to record some music to go with the film. Any "clicks" and "creaks" you hear is my rocking chair while recording the music. Not very professional I know, but all a bit of a rush.
  10. Cubans have been eating Hutia for centuries. Large, rat-like things. I've seen them for sale, live in cages, in Habana Vieja as food. I haven't seen one on a menu in any restaurant I've been in, but wouldn't be surprised at all if many of us have tasted it.
  11. Very sorry to hear that. Best regards to Di and Lisa.
  12. The Cohiba Robusto Supremos have been switched for Cohiba Sublimes Extra. A much rarer find. https://www.bondroberts.com/product/view/3358
  13. It has been a busy year. I finally got around to putting together some clips from the Bond Roberts launch party at our house in Miramar last February (2020). Lots of recognisable faces in there. Over-18s. So only available to watch on YouTube. Edit. I took off the 18s restriction as it was making people log in to their Youtube account to view it. It can be viewed right below now too.

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