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Brazil and the Religious Kitsch-o-Rama – Video

I was brought up as a Roman Catholic but rejected the teachings early on. One thing I’ve not rejected – and I have tried really my dears – is my fascination with all of the regalia, imagery, paganism forced into the RC idolatry mould and general gorgeous kitchiness of the nasty faith. The room, on the left as you enter the Museu Mineiro is power-packed with images and statues, but also comes with…

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Visiting Brazil – Oscar Niemeyer and Others

Aside from travel to travel’s sake, football, food and music, a very fine reason to visit Brazil is architecture and specifically the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer. And, we thought, “Let’s go to Brasilia”. Oh dear. The city is designed to be seen as the shape of an aeroplane from above. It is sectioned as you might imagine some distinctly unimaginative but simultaneously very creepy science fiction novel (again from 1956) might describe.

Chefs and FOH hard at it in Zuka.

Visiting Brazil 2015 – Food, Markets and Food Things

Food in Brazil – well, in Belo Horizonte and Rio – is carby, protein, sweet and salty, and it’s all washed down with beer or the many types of local sugar-spirit called Cachaça. Brasilia? Yes, we went there. We ate at a chain restaurant. The town is built for politicians, it is a food desert. […]

Brazil 2015 - At the Maracana - Flamengo vs Figueirense.

Visiting Brazil – The Maracanã Stadium

Two strange outcomes resulted from the visit to see home-team, the stadium sharing Clube de Regatas do Flamengo playing Figueirense FC in an exciting game that they lost 1-2 in the last minute of extra time.