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Monday 19 January 2009
Rescue workers sifted through the wreckage today of a sprawling evangelical church in Brazil's largest city where the roof collapsed during a religious service, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100.
Wednesday 14 January 2009
Bolton have yet to make a decision on whether to sign former Brazil international Denilson despite suggestions to the contrary by the player's brother and agent.
Thursday 08 January 2009
Bolton manager Gary Megson today insisted he has nothing to lose by taking former Brazil superstar Denilson on trial.
Tuesday 06 January 2009
Bolton are giving a trial to former Brazil and Real Betis midfielder Denilson.
Saturday 13 December 2008
Travelling in South America comprises a grand tour through improbability. Uncertainty can beset the traveller immediately on arrival: forget the usual red channel/green channel arrangements, because in some countries it is usual at Customs to assess whether inbound passengers have something to declare on an entirely arbitrary basis.
Thursday 11 December 2008
Ronaldo hailed Corinthians as "a light at the end of the tunnel" after the club confirmed they will announce his signing tomorrow.
Friday 10 October 2008
From Maria Aparecida the seen-it-all matriarch to the soft-hearted parish priest Father Denilson; from the orphaned whore Gabriela to Ivone, the wannabe diva of the telenovelas, and Sergio the street vendor who, aged seven, heads his family: this swift-flowing, strong-flavoured novel begins in an operatic interplay of voices.
Friday 10 October 2008
From Maria Aparecida the seen-it-all matriarch to the soft-hearted parish priest Father Denilson; from the orphaned whore Gabriela to Ivone, the wannabe diva of the telenovelas, and Sergio the street vendor who, aged seven, heads his family: this swift-flowing, strong-flavoured novel begins in an operatic interplay of voices. Each one speaks to us of hard lives and fond hopes on the square where they live and struggle in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Plainly indebted to Jorge Amado, the sexy (and soapy) Dickens of Bahia, London-based French writer Yasmina Traboulsi begins in a vein that promises a carnival of colour, character – and, perhaps, some tear-jerking sentimentality as well. To her (and translator Polly McLean's) credit, the tone darkens and the action quickens as the pull of huge cities – Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo – scatters this band of comrades-in-poverty and condemns them to harsher fates than scraping by in Salvador. "Away from the Square you're nothing," warns Maria Aparecida, a prophecy fulfilled in the gang-ridden favelas and opulent "fortresses of fear" of metropolitan Brazil. "Goodbye to nice manners and all that foolishness": but, even in the big bad city, farce finds a niche as soap-star Olympia flees her gilded cage. At the other pole of a violently unjust society, gay teenagers Manuel and Zé face the ordeal of jail. With its rapid cuts, boldly-drawn cast and galloping sense of doom, Bahia Blues delivers a shot of fiery fictional cachaça – and calls out for City of God-style direction to bring it to the screen.
Sunday 21 September 2008
Linha de Passe is co-directed by the director of Central Station and The Motorcycle Diaries, and co-written by the writer of City of God and Elite Squad. That's another way of saying that it's a grubby, grainy slice of South American urban life, but for once it isn't about drug-dealing gangsters; it's about hard-working people scrabbling to make ends meet. Its protagonists are four brothers who live with their pregnant single mother in a slum on the edge of traffic-clogged Sao Paulo. One is a motorcycle courier; another is a petrol-pump attendant who has turned to Jesus. A third wants to be a professional footballer, but turning 18 is "the end of the line". And the youngest is a boy who dreams of discovering his father's identity.
Friday 19 September 2008
Interviewed after a private showing of his latest film, Linha de Passe, Walter Salles, the director of Central Station and The Motorcycle Diaries, discussed life in Sao Paulo and how in the movie he has attempted to illustrate the difficulties facing the poor as they strive to grow into useful citizens of the community, and how many fall at the last hurdle.
Saturday 28 June 2008
How to make the perfect caipirinha: top and tail a lime, quarter it, cut each quarter in two, throw into a cocktail shaker with a heaped dessertspoon of sugar, crush with a wooden spoon, add eight ice cubes, a measure of cachaça (or white rum), shake well, pour and drink.
Saturday 14 June 2008
BG Group has found oil in the deep waters off Brazil for the fifth time in as many drillings, prompting claims that the region will redraw the map of global hydrocarbon resources.
Sunday 18 May 2008
Jorge Mário da Silva doesn't do mornings. And though it's 3pm in São Paulo, the Brazilian actor and musician – otherwise known as Seu Jorge ("Mr Jorge") – is only just coming round. But between yawns, he's enthusing about his forthcoming trip to London. "I love playing abroad," he says. "I've got lots of friends in London. Also, the shows are earlier over there. I played in Rio last week and I got on stage at one in the morning!"
Sunday 04 May 2008
Britons were feared to be among the passengers on a small plane missing off the coast of Brazil last night, the Foreign Office said yesterday.
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