#8 & #9 Mourn the death of a rock star and have the wheels stolen off your car


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It was very sad to hear the news of the death of David Bowie yesterday. I remember listening to Hunky Dory over and over as a student and was fortunate to see him live at the Milton Keynes bowl in,…

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#4 Study for a qualification


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As promised, here’s a photo of my office where I do most of my writing. Many other people call it the Sao Paulo metro but they don’t know any better. It takes about half an hour on the …

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#3 Get distracted by mass shootings in Paris


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Over the last week I’ve been contemplating what could be said about the events in Paris that haven’t already been said elsewhere. When I heard about the Paris shootings last week and of…

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So what did foreigners think of the World Cup?


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Datafolha's satisfaction survey

Datafolha’s satisfaction survey. http://f.i.uol.com.br/datafolha/images/14196360.png

83% of the foreigners that datafolha interviewed felt the organisation of the World Cup was excellent or good. 92% felt the comfort and security of the stadia was excellent or good, 76% felt the same about the transport to the stadia, 42% about the refreshmengts inside the stadia, 39% regarding the communication inside the stadia, 32% regarding the cost of accomodation, 76% regarding the quality of the air travel, 84% the quality of the tourist attractions, 82% the security of tourists and 95% the hospitality of Brazilians.

Generally, Brazilians feel pretty proud with the way they hosted the World Cup. Everything ran pretty smoothly despite all the predictions of bad organisation before the tournament. They only feel a great sense of embarrassment with the way their national team exited the competition but at least they didn’t lose to Argentina, and Argentina didn’t win the competition. Both of those things would have been worse.

This video illustrates Germany’s path to the final:

And this video illustrates how Germany dealt with Argentina:



How Argentina felt after the final.

Public opinion regarding the World Cup improved during the competition but I’m waiting to see the latest figures to see to what extent opinions changed following Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany.


Popularity of Dilma

The manner in which the national team were dispatched by Germany may also have affected the popularity of President Dilma in the run up to the presidential elections in October who was, during the tournament, enjoying an 18 point lead over her nearest rival.

Here’s a summary of the World Cup by Just Cartoons:

Some Argentinians asking to #cryforme

and an impression of a famous Brazilian comedian singing the revised words to the Itau advert:

World Cup – The next Brazilian coach is…


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The players had already started ignoring Filipao

On the day of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, the minds of Brazilians has already moved on to the task of replacing the coach Felipe Scolari who doesn’t appear to have showed any acknowledgement that his job is in danger.

Mourinho has expressed an interest in coaching the Brazilian national team when his current contract with Chelsea ends in 2016, after Brazil’s disappointing Olympic failure. Selecao has never been managed by a foreign coach but a poll by TV station Globo showed that 58% thought the next Selecao coach would be a non-Brazilian.

Of the domestic candidates, the favourite on 18% is Tite, the man who coached Corinthians to the World Club title and who refused to take up another domestic team management role when his contract with Corinthians ended presumably because he was waiting for the Selecao vacancy. Tite is definitely my tip for the job and I think he’ll be replaced by Mourinho after Brazil are humiliated in the Rio Olympics.

Incredibly, Dunga was mentioned in the running despite having a disappointing period of management with the national squad.

I must ask your forgiveness for not, until now, sharing any of the tremendous comedy videos by Porta dos Fundos available on You Tube. Anyone familiar with my post about the ten best things about Sao Paulo will be entertained with their classic sketch on Spoletos. The comedy group have filmed a series of sketches about the World Cup and, while at least an intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is essential to enjoy them properly, they are still entertaining with a brief explanation of their content.

For example, in this sketch, a defender is disappointed to discover that one of the forwards has chosen to wear the same colour boots as him. Because forwards are more important than defenders the forward gets to wear the boots but helps the defender find something else that will help him to stand out during the game:

In this clip, a journalist is reporting from outside the team bus in which the team are playing pagode (brazilian samba-like music popularly sung by groups of musicians in bars). The reporter excitedly recounts what is going on inside the bus and when the anchorman asks about the game, which is due to start in 15 mins, the reporter simply answers that there will be a game:

In this clip, the team rehearses how they will celebrate a goal. The choreographer teaches them a dances which encapsulates the history of Brazil:

Here we see the supporters preparing for a game:

Here’s another round up of the gags that have been doing the rounds of social media: