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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta W.dntsday, Moy 10, WZ THE IETHBRIDGE HERA1D 13 SADNESS The tension, Hie fear, the sadness that embroils Northern Ire land are expressed by this woman watching a parade in Bel- fast. Snc'clutches a flag. Cubans revive tourism HAVANA (Reuter) Cuba i showing the first signs of a re vival of organized non-Commun ist tourism. Havana's nightlife once drc many thousands of tourists I Cuba every year, but since (h .1950 revolution, the island ha had few North American tour ists. A major breakthrough oc curred in March and April whe about 500 Canadians flew from Montreal in six successiv batches. In most cases since the revo lution, Cuban tourists have bee Imited to a few adventurous lone travellers, groups of work crs from the Soviet Union, occa sional East European cruise- ship passengers, parties of so- cialist Swedes, numerous off cial delegations and, above at Frenchmen. Each year about French men arrive, mostly communist and oilier left wingers. Thej come in the summer month and sleep in tents by the se when not visiting economic am social projects, DRAWN BY SUNSHINE By contrast, the 500 Canadi ans were seeking not Premie: Fidel Castro's revolution but On Cuban sunshine. They seemed totally apolitica and had few opportunities am little inclination to inquire inti Cuban life. To Cubans, the Canadian in flux means a timid comeback on the Caribbean tourism scene For their part, they see it onlj as a potential source of eager ly-sought hard currency from a country with which they main' tain good relations. The Canadians came from all walks of life. One group in; eluded 60 French-speaking farmers, and another includet doctors, teachers, nurses, and 3 fair number of grey-haired wid ows. They paid for their week In the Cuban sun, including their return flight to Montreal. They spent their first four days in a hotel at Varadero, Cuba's leading beach resort, about 175 miles east of Havana, where they could waterski, sail, fish underwater, and visit a nearby crocodile-breeding station. VISITED BAY OF PIGS They also had the chance to visit the site of the unsuccessful American-hacked Bay of Pigs Invasion by Cuban exiles in 1961. The Canadians moved to Ha- vana for the last three days of their stay, spending the eve- nings at the Cuban Folk Ballet and the huge "T r o p i c a n a" open-air cabaret. The tour operator, Michel Sir- isbky, is full of praise for Ihe Cuban g u i d o. s. who speak French or English and help or- ganize the tour. He also says he has not met with any serious problems, tho only slight snag being occa- sional power blackout at the Ha- vana hotel. Pleasure cruise ends in death LOCKPORT, Man. (CP) An afternoon pleasure cruise on the Tied Diver turned into tragedy when a boat overturned and four Winnipeg- gers drowned. Four persons died, including three young boys. RCMP said the dead arc Jane Mathilda Vuoko, Thomas Harvey, 9, Samuel Earl Westhrook, 9, and Paul Franklin, 10. Surviving the accident about 20 miles north of Winnipeg are 1 l-yonr-old Sandra Alexandra U'cslbrook and George Waller Harvey, 42. All are from Winni- peg. Senior citizens wont get free licences EDMONTON (CP) Alber- ta's senior citizens will not get free hunting licences, Allan Warrack, minister of lands and forests, told the legislature They now receive complimen- tary fishing licences, but the fish and wildlife advisory coun- cil has recommended against free hunting licences because a safety factor is involved, he said. Dr. Warrack earlier had told Keith French (SC Hanna- that he would examine the possibility. Man who knows calls suicide disappointing NEW YORK (AP) A man who has tried it and failed calls suicide disappointing. "There was nothing, just recalled Al (for Alfred) Alvarez, 42, who gulped down 45 sleeping pills 11 years ago and survived after doctors thought he would die. "I thought death was going to be dramatic and fascinat- ing, like the last reel of an Alfred Hitchcock movie where everything was explained, but nothing was said the British critic and author. Alvarez said the experience taught him "that Uierc wern't ever going to be any an- swers, even in death and that in itself is already the be- ginning of happiness." As a result, he said, "you leaim that the world is a slink- ing place, not even a dra- matic place." "But you have to make a life for yourself. I'm a differ- ent person. Now I expect less." Alvarez compiled his thoughts and research on the nature of suicide in a new book. The Savage God, which he says lie wrote to "possibly help someone." I'UNCTUHES MVTIIS In the hook Alvarez punc- tures many of the myths about suicide. Sweden does not have the highest suicide rate; Hungary docs. Young romantics are not the most likely to kill themselves at Christmas time; it's middle- w h o are suffering the pangs of it reaches its peak during early summer. Alvarez said dentists and doctors had the consistently highest suicide rates, "largely because they have access to drags, and maybe it has something to do with having money." Alvarez, who studied suicide victims from Socrates to his friend, poet Sylvia Plath, said that today "the only common factor in suicide is loneli- ness." He listed other characteris- tics of the potential suicide. "If a person talks a lot about suicide, lie's not joking. Chances are, he'll do it." 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