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Monday, August 29, 2005

4 Hours to anywhere

While this story of an English teacher in Mexico is different from my experience, it does go some way to answer the question "Teacher what are you doing here?" that students often ask.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Police knew Brazilian was 'not bomb risk'

More developments in "The Observer" about the Jean Charles De Menezes debacle.


Always interesting to go and visit the wikipedia encyclopedia site. Wikipedia, for those who don't know, is a free online encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to and edit. That means that if you see an article and feel you can add more information you sign in and contribute, very democratic. Unsurprisingly the page for current US president, George W Bush, has the disclaimer that "The neutrality of this article is disputed".

There is an entry for Ribeirão Preto, which is interesting and well written though not by a native speaker. I wonder who wrote this entry?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

He wasn't wearing a heavy jacket. He used his card to get into the station. He didn't vault the barrier. And now police say there are no CCTV pictures

What really happened to Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes in that London tube station? This article asks some interesting questions.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Gringo = Green Grow??

Interesting article here by American journalist Michael Kepp about a common brazilian response to when a non-brazilian says he/she has been living in the country for quite some time.

I, myself, have heard the "Ah, então você já é brasileiro" many times from people who I believe are saying it to make me feel welcome and at home.

Interesting discussion in the comments section about the origin of the word gringo. Can anyone tell me, though, if "gringo" is actually a little bit derogatory

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A short history of nearly everything

Just finished reading a book by Bill Bryson entitled "a short history of nearly everything". Quite an eye opener for me having endured a meagre English comprehensive school education.
He manages to cover, well just about everything, from the big bang, quantum physics, human evolution and just about everything inbetween. The man obviously did an enormous amount of research ( years and years it seems) and spoke to all the key people.
But what struck me most when reading the book is that despite all the leaps and bounds science has made recently ( and we are talking very recently- as in the last few decades) we actually know very little about anything. Much of scientific theory is based on intelligent guesses and there are always those who have contrasting theories, and each chapter seems to end with a giant question mark.
But worth picking up and, as the blurb says, should be included in all school curriculums.
I wonder if it will be translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil as it is an enormous brick of a book and will thus cost a fortune here.


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