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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Samba Schools 2007

(And the winners are...BEIJA-FLOR DE NILOPÓLIS, my favourite Samba School! Watch the announcement live here!)

Here is a photo collection of the BEST SHOTS OF CARNIVAL 2007 at the Sambódromo, in Rio de Janeiro.

As requested by a reader, lots of shots of 'nekkid women', although safe enough for work (hopefully).

DAY 2

This is from Monday, Day 2, in order of presentation.


BEIJA-FLOR





The lady holding the Samba School banner is Selmynha SorrisoZ, and that's her partner, the Mestre-Sala, and real-life husband, Claudinho.

In my not so humble opinion, she is THE finest Porta Bandeira that has ever been. Literally, flawless in her execution and intricacy of her movements, which of course are being graded by Sambodromo judges splayed out in secret, all over the catwalks.

"SorrisoZ" is her special nickname, a play on the Portuguese word for "smiles", which in this case translates as Selmynha Smiley-Face.

Not only is she graceful beyond compare, but after a stint as in the Corps of Firemen, she decided later to become a lawyer, having just graduated from Law School last year.

All that, and a brain! Can you tell I'm her Number 1 British fan?





Beija-Flor means "hummingbird" in Portuguese -- itself a reason why I love the language.

It literally means "to kiss a flower", an act which catches the hummingbird's raison d'etre mid-flight, captured in this gorgeously lighted float.

I have to tell you that after my initial excitement last night, I was less than impressed by my favourite Samba School's outting, the last of the final Day 2.

Africa again. Snore.

The evening started out with Africa, and ended with it. Frankly, I thought Salgueiro had a better, richer "Africa" theme, overall, so it was anti-climactic perhaps.

Still, the standards are high for Beija-Flor, the darling of the catwalk and High Society, not to mention perennial 2nd place winner.

We'll see!


GRANDE RIO





Just to show you that pregnant women CAN and DO walk that mile-long passarella great with child.

Astonishing, isn't it?

I've often fantasised about my mother having done so with me, when I was in her belly.

Typical of me, I would've decided to have been born just as the judge was watching, though I had a great somersault planned to get my Samba School extra points.





This is famed Brazilian soap (novela) actor, Jose Wilker, who has played every role known to man, from Oedipus to Brasilia-founder, Juscelino Kubitschek, and seen here reprising his role as Tenorio Cavalcanti.

Who was this guy, you ask? Well, in short, a Duque de Caxias (Rio suburb) politician who was famous for wearing a black cape wherever he went, like Franklin Roosevelt.

Unlike Franklin Roosevelt, the cape was a good hiding location for his machine gun, used to intimidate the voters and his rivals alike, which he called "Lurdinha" (little Lourdes -- he was very religious).

People, you can't make this stuff up. Seriously.





Remember I mentioned in the comments how the guys who are driving the floats have the best seat in the house, but don't get to see a THING during Carnival.

Well, these guys, Grande Rio's choreographers, have a great seat, but they're upside down.

Not too sure why, but it must really suck.



IMPERATRIZ LEOPOLDINENSE






Imperatriz! My second favourite Samba School gave a knockout, and highly quirky performance on the night.

This however, isn't quirky but she is a knockout.

That's model/actress Luciana Guimenez (she must be of Spanish origin, which is unusual), as the Imperatriz Leopoldinense Rainha da Bateria.

Your requisite cheesecake shot, fellas. Enjoy!






Imperatriz were celebrating a few themes tonight, and one of them was honouring the equivalent of American variety show presenter, Ed Sullivan, called Chacrinha.

Only Chacrinha had some Harpo Marx in him, and throw in a little smarty-pants, W.C. Fields too.

Like Sullivan's "We have a really good show for you tonight" catchphrase, Chacrinha was known for his "Teresinha!! Ooh, hooo, hooo!" catchphrase, which sent his audience into spasms of laughter -- this catchphrase was Imperatriz' song theme tonight.

The much loved presenter wore a funny wig, made the show's contestants do silly stuff to win prizes, and loved Rio football club, Botafogo.

Simpler, but oh so much happier times.

Check out Chacrinha in action here, on Youtube!






Rosa Magalhães, to my mind, is A WORLD TREASURE.

Not only is she the most prestigious carnavalesca of the Rio Carnival since the retirement of Joãozinho Trinta, but since she's a Professor of Art at a Rio university, she's also a HIGHLY cultivated woman, whose research for the float themes goes above-and-beyond the call of craziness.

When everyone and their grandmothers were choosing Africa to honour this carnival, she chose Norway (two years back she chose Denmark's Hans Christian Andersen)...

...Chacrinha

...and cod.

Yeah, you heard me -- cod.

Here they are, strutting their codhood on the catwalk.

Only Rosa Magalhães. Mwah!





One of the most amazing floats I've seen, was this one Rosa decided to squeeze in after she was done with the fishies.

Not to sure why, but four black guys are drumming the lava from a volcano.

Maybe it makes cod taste better?

Either way, as Brazilians say -- genial!



PORTELA





To my mind, this is the most perfect body not only of any Rainha da Bateria in the Sambodromo tonight -- but of any woman I've seen in the carnival so far.

Here is Adriana Bombom ("bonbon" or piece of candy), who was in São Paulo for their carnival last Saturday, doing exactly the same thing there as she is here -- being a stellar Queen of the Band!

Beyoncé has nothing on her. Look at that face, that skin and those abs. Butter.





Portela's theme was tied to athletics, the Olympic Games, and the idealisation of the human form in all its glory.

But even I wasn't expecting these skaters in one of their floats, doing the most outrageous flips and 900s, as the ground underneath them moved!

God, how dangerous. And speaking of which...





Here's Brazilian Olympic medalist, Diego Hypolito, doing his trademark parallel bar exercises, likewise, as the float moved under him.

These people are nuts!

Can you imagine the lawsuits if Kerri Strug and Mary Lou Retton got on a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans, and started doing flips?







You know, carnival is fun, but it really is like a gift from God to males the world over. I'm sitting here blogging about nekkid ladies, for your pleasure.

But just like that, God decides to reward me for my patience with this sight:

10 blond Greek gods re-incarnated in Rio tonight.

Holy Washboard stomachs, Batman!






But back to my duties. Another passista lovely from the Avenida de Sapucaí.

Call me crazy, not that you don't already, but I rather think I look like her. I mean, not NOW.

But if I hit the gym, did my Pilates religiously, and painted my body gold...

All I need are the posties, and I'm off to carnaval!



SALGUEIRO





But enough of representations, and allegories. Sometimes you have to see the real goods!

There is this "destaque" from Salgueiro, who had a very strong showing just now.

Their theme, once again for tonight, was Africa, but for Salgueiro it is used with a hope that they will once again, be Rio Carnival champions.

See, 4 of the 8 times they have won the title, they've done so with an Africa theme to their allegorical floats.







And here is their Queen Nefertiti float, which looked even better on television, never mind what it might've looked live.

She had a face for the ages, but I believe this below...





...is called a body that won't quit.

Brazilians have a term for a woman whose body is like a statue of perfection.

They call this type of woman, "um monumento". Or "uma catedral".

A monument and a cathedral.

That's quite a pile of bricks keeping up those flying buttresses.



UNIDOS DA TIJUCA





A plumed lady destaque in the second Samba School to file past, this Monday.

Unidos da Tijuca have been threatening to win the title for a few years now, and a lot of the Globo TV presenters were wowed by this presentation.

Instead of the popular African theme this Brazilian Carnival 2007, Unidos da Tijuca had as their theme world images -- like paintings and photography.

To that end, they truly impressed me, and sometimes...







...they made me laugh.

I told you below that not always do you get to choose your costume, whether you're a man or a woman!

You take what they give you.

By the way, as you can see, the burkha was highlighted in this photograph, to show how beautiful a woman is when her face and eyes are uncovered.

They say the Cologne carnival this year saw the return of the satirical floats where NO ONE is a sacred cow -- not even the Imams and the Mullahs, which they banned last year after the Danish Cartoon brouhaha.

And I can't help but think that Brazilians got the memo, too.






Get it?

That's Mona Lisa as she would've looked if she had been covered by a burkha.

The emphasis becomes, what beautiful women and unforgettable images are we missing, because of this veil custom?

Hundreds, thousands, if not millions of images, lost to world culture.

Ah well.

As for the next allegorical representation of a photograph, who can forget the little Vietnamese girl running away from an explosion, naked and crying.






So here you go.

But the representation which most touched me, as it would any American reading this, was this evocative "capture" of the flag raising on Mount Surabachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima.





Wow! That I didn't expect.

And I deeply appreciate it, considering that last year, the winning Samba School, Vila Isabel, had a float called "The Americas" -- where the only flag missing was...the United States of America.

A float paid for by President Hugo Chavez, it goes without saying.

So for this lovely touch, I say:

Valeu, Unidos da Tijuca!!




PORTO DA PEDRA







Poor Angela Bismarck, the 6-foot Rainha da Bateria of Porto da Pedra, a minor Samba School which got the unprestigious first spot, for Day 2.

She lost her crotch coverlet, which Brazilians call with wicked humour and honesty, "o tapa sexo" (sex manhole cover).





That's okay!

The show goes on. It just goes on a little happier now.





There. All better now.

Elaine Ribeiro and Angela Bismarck, the Godmother and Queen of the Band, together and most importantly -- intact!



DAY 1


This is from Sunday, Day 1, in order of my preference.


VIRADOURO







So far, the punter's favourite to win the Samba Schools Championship are Viradouro.

Their highly inventive display had a "Vegas" gambling type theme, and above you can see the jackpot if you're a very very good boy.

That's Rainha da Bateria, Juliana Paes, dazzling again this year, as she leads the Viradouro band.







Viradouro strike me as having one of those better parades when you were watching them live, than they actually had.

This is especially true when you look at the photos later.

But I tell you, this upside down float, with the wheels on top, and the people upside down -- well, pure genius.

That's some headache that guy is going to have!



MOCIDADE INDEPENDENTE DE PADRE MIGUEL






But when your body grows old and sags, but you still want to pretend you're leading the band of a samba school, you can become a "Madrinha da Bateria" or their Godmother, instead of Queen.

This is Janaina Barbosa doing just that.

And yes, if she was judged to have been a little too old in the tooth to have a proper body for a Rainha, you can imagine the standards of beauty excellence in Brazil.

Tough crowd.






One of the most original themes of this carnival, Mocidade wowed the Avenida de Sapucaí with this amazing tryptich this year.

This series of photos is showing a page of the Bible.

That's a rather feminine looking Jehovah casting Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.





And that's Adam saying, "Stop! You can't touch this!", and jumping out, Hammer-style.





Adam says, Who needs the Garden of Eden, when I have the Passarella to myself!





I have so many shots of Mocidade I could show you, but this was one of the best. A long shot of their Porta-Bandeira and Mestre-Sala, with the second float behind them.

Gorgeous!



VILA ISABEL (REIGNING CHAMPS)





How do people get on those floats, you ask?

Simple. The people from each of the poor neighbourhoods where these Samba Schools traditionally come from, prepare for the next carnival in terms of costumery, ideas, songs, THE VERY NEXT DAY AFTER CARNIVAL ENDS.

So they've been signed up all that time, and the commitment is very binding, trust me.

But just folks like you and I, including tourists if they can commit to the timeline, can pay a fee and be assigned a costume (you don't always get to choose where and what).

Each costume is luxurious to the nth degree, and it depends what you are wearing but it usually runs from 100 US dollars to 1000 US dollars.

Consider that an average poor family of 4 in Brazil earns 100-150 US dollars PER MONTH, you can imagine what kind of a monetary sacrifice this is on the family budget.

But for carnival, Cariocas would eat dog food for a month to afford it!

Hey, it's an once a year, and you get 80 minutes on that catwalk. When you have no teeth, are illiterate, and have a lot of heartache in your life otherwise, it's worth it.






Here is Viviane Araujo just chillin' during the Vila Isabel presentation.

Famous people such as actors, actresses, singers, politicians, and high society celebs don't do the months of rehearsals expected of the regulars, but they do pay for their costumes in full.

No freebies, and they can't "add on" or change them in ANY WAY, else they'll be barred from going on the floats or appearing in the walk-through.






This woman in the Vila Isabel parade isn't famous, to the best of my knowledge, but I bet you all the clothes I'm wearing (and it's cold today again, so I'm actually dressed for a change), that she's from the High Society of Rio.

How do I know this?

Just a hunch, but she has the requisite tell-tale signs. For one, she's blonde.

For you to be a member of Brazilian café society, you don't need much. But you need to be white.

Even having money isn't as important as that.

But there IS only one thing which trumps race and money in Brazil -- and that's beauty.

This carnival is living proof of that obsession with the body, that Brazilians worship as you and I worship the other gods, which resonate more in our cultures.

Those of you in the United States of America may now stop reading this, and go back to work, so you can worship the god of success.



ESTÁCIO DE SÁ






Poor Estácio. They had the jejum (bad luck) of having to be the first Samba School to start the night off.

And yes, as you are thinking, that's because they sucked last year, and are "rewarded" by this unpromising position because of that.

Have there ever been a champion come out of first parade place? I don't think so.





And Estácio's rather dismal display, big lions notwithstanding, didn't do anything to alter this bad luck placement.

Check out the dangling feet of the tourists in the box seats -- the so-called "Camarotes" (kah-mah-raw-cheese).

Can you imagine this death-defying position happening anywhere outside the Third World?

It's a 30-foot plunge below, people.

Heck, in the US, the most you can do is dangle from college football uprights, and if you fall, you got no one else to sue but your sorry self.


IMPÉRIO SERRANO





Uh. Okay.

Is that Einstein?

I know what E=mc2 means now.

It means having your face on top of a Brazilian beauty's cootch. That's gotta be as good as the Nobel Prize.






As you can see, Império Serrano (which means Valley Empire), didn't exactly bring their A-game to the Sambodromo this year.

They did have an excellent and rather touching innovation in their programme, when they invited kids with Down Syndrome as part of their parade.

But mostly, their theme could be summarised by this rather downhome but universal sign,

Mãe Te Amo!

Yep, you guessed it.

"I love ya, Ma!".

One more fat black guy wearing funny clothes, and Império Serrano could've passed for Al Roker pimping the crowds in The Today Show.



MANGUEIRA







Mangueira are touted as the second favourites of night 1, just after Viradouro.

But I tells ya, they didn't impress me.

And in trying to highlight their parade for you in photos, I STRUGGLED to find adequately cute pics to show you.

Try to wow yourselves with this shot above of the Porta-Bandeira (flag-bearer) and the Mestre-Sala (Salon Gentleman, her cavalier), which IS rather colourful.

But I simply refuse to place that fat Rainha da Bateria that Mangueira had, which shows you just how much McDonald's has come to mean to Brazilian society, so instead here is one of their better floats.






As a gossip aside, legendary samba singer, the already aged Beth Carvalho, caused a scandale royale because she wanted to go on one of the floats, instead of the scheduled walking role she had in the "Baluarte" wing -- the one dedicated to the famous fans of Mangueira, from the world of the arts.

Well, the President of Mangueira, Max Lopes, said no way, get off, and also dissed her make-up.

Beth (pronounced Brazilian-style, Beh-chee) walked off in a snit, and said that her relationship with Mangueira was over and done with, at the Sambódromo.

Ooh, handbags at the Brazilian Carnival! Meow!



BONUS SHOTS





If you've ever wondered how these ladies in carnival costumes look so perfect...well, it's not all due to God's gifts.

As ever with us ladies, we have our secrets of the trade, and here is Tathiana Pagung getting prepped to enter her Viradouro costume back in 2005.

What are they using to hide her tan lines, and spider veins, you ask?

Why, just hair spray, is all.

Apparently, it makes the skin glisten, reducing the imperfections of the skin.

I swear to you, you could douse hairspray on my whole body, AND Grecian Formula, and I'd still wouldn't look that great.





Here's Tathiana this weekend on Copacabana Beach, doing her finest Daryl Hannah impersonation.

Pagung sounds Thai or at least, East Asian, so I think she's Eurasian, with perhaps a little black inside her too.

But whatever the combination, you can't deny, she carries it well.

Just look at the kids' expressions (and their dads').






The Brazilian Britney Spears?

That's singer, Ivete Sangalo, looking eeriely like the pre-bald Louisiana songstress, pumping the carnival crowds in Salvador, Bahia.





Hangliding perilously close to the Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue, the very symbol of Rio de Janeiro on top of Corcovado mountain.

I've been THIS close to Our Lord's face, since my dad took us on one of those helicopter tourist rides.

Remember when I told you that I suffered from Stendahl's Syndrome, and almost fainted in front of the David statue, in Florence?

Well, guess what happened inside that helicopter? Not pretty.






Paris Hilton does the Viennese Carnival -- Fasching!

Yes, America's most notable intellectual, Paris Hilton, had the honour of having been chosen the Guest of Honour at the HIGHLY prestigious Opernball in Vienna...

...which, by the way, I once attended at the age of 18 -- having been taught to dance the waltz, minuet, and other intricate court dances, in a special dance academy for 2 weeks straight, in preparation of the ball afterwards. Trust me, the Viennese take this VERY SERIOUSLY. I had to wear white gloves up to here!

So, how did Paris get into this joint?? Oh, I remember. She was the invited guest of a local, elderly playboy millionaire.

Figures.





Here is Paris Hilton in the Imperial Box which once contained such worthies as Kaiser Franz Joseph and his gorgeous consort, the Empress "Sissi" Elisabeth.

If you think she looks bored with the formalities, and the Opernball is VERY formal in the most Old World sense, you would be right.

Earlier that day though, she went to a scheduled appearance at a local mall, where she could hang out with kids more her own age and speed.

So guess what happened?

They threw lipstick, cigarette boxes, and shopping bags on top of her, in riotous protest.

Tough crowd.

But don't worry, Paris graciously replied when asked about the incident, "I love my fans".

Stick to the Opera crowd, Paris.

They might have less rotten tomatoes on them.


RELATED READING

Rio Carnival 2007

Rio Carnival 2006

UPDATED LINK: Check out Made In Brazil's insider photos, which he took inside the VIP camarotes ("executive" boxes, if you will). He is a great resource for all things Brazilian, and I happen to like his blog a lot, since we share a love of fine-looking guys, but usually I don't link to his blog for pics, because being explicitly-gay they are not work-place friendly. These are though!

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48 Comments:

  • Nekkid chix! or at least, close enough! Gracias, senorita!

    Good thing I was never much for the opera. My Night at the Opera has more to do with the Marx Brothers than Paris.

    And even better, you spared us from nekkid pictures of Paris. Bless you, my dear!

    By Blogger I R A Darth, at Mon Feb 19, 04:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Nekkid chix! or at least, close enough! Gracias, senorita!

    Just for you babe! And the 800 people who already came to my blog today. ;)

    One thing though, my love. Get with the Portuguese-language programme.

    "Obrigada, moçinha!" would be the equivalent, m-kay?

    Good thing I was never much for the opera. My Night at the Opera has more to do with the Marx Brothers than Paris.

    LOL!

    And even better, you spared us from nekkid pictures of Paris. Bless you, my dear!

    Hey, I got your back IRA Darth Aggie. And any other body part you wish to extend to me.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 04:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Erm! Obrigado, if you're male.

    Obrigada, if you're female. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 04:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hair spray: the beauty contestant's secret weapon.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Mon Feb 19, 04:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow, 800 visits and only 5 comments, what could everyone be doing?;)

    Globo is $14.95/month and now that I see these pictures it's worth every penny!

    You should blog from the Sambódromo next year. Check into if they give out press passes for bloggers.:)

    By Blogger Renato, at Mon Feb 19, 05:54:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Sundries' 1,000th visitor for 19 Feb 2007 was...!:

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    Ri?

    Must be a secret male code word for "hot nekkid Brazilian chix".

    Don't try and deny it!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 06:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hair spray: the beauty contestant's secret weapon.

    And to think, I saw Little Miss Sunshine in vain...

    (Hated it)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 06:44:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow, 800 visits and only 5 comments, what could everyone be doing?;)

    Hopefully, the same thing you'll be doing later on, when I finish the post!

    Globo is $14.95/month and now that I see these pictures it's worth every penny!

    Totally.

    And what's more, it's 100% Battlestar Galactica-free.

    *duck!*

    You should blog from the Sambódromo next year. Check into if they give out press passes for bloggers.:)

    Oh, I'll blog from there one day.

    Maybe with someone special next to me...

    Two words:

    Schmoopsie-cam!!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 06:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • LATEST:

    Oh God, Day 2 is already on its way, and so I am glued to the set until 4 AM EST, when it's scheduled to end.

    Porto da Pedra (not a very "traditional" or well-known Samba School) have as their theme, "South Africa", called:

    "Black and White in Colour"

    Their first float is striking.

    It has a mega-white Angel of Death, dealing out misery to the black figures underneath...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 06:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Firstly, a big thank you to I R A Darth for his very timely and eloquent request. The first post had way too much writing and not enough pictures. Hoping the current trend continues, I can't wait for your next post.

    Um abraco, Jose

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Mon Feb 19, 07:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "That's a rather feminine looking Jehovah"

    Uh, that's the angel with the flaming sword. Aren't you Catholic? ;)

    "This woman in the Vila Isabel parade isn't famous, to the best of my knowledge"

    What's with her two-tone skin? Half of it must be something else, but what?

    "Those of you in the United States of America may now stop reading this, and go back to work, so you can worship the god of success."

    Hey now. We're today (half) celebrating homely, great, henpecked ol' Abe Lincoln.

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Feb 19, 07:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • And to think, I saw Little Miss Sunshine in vain...

    (Hated it)


    I didn't see that movie and know only vaguely what it's about, so I don't get the reference.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Mon Feb 19, 07:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Firstly, a big thank you to I R A Darth for his very timely and eloquent request. The first post had way too much writing and not enough pictures. Hoping the current trend continues, I can't wait for your next post.

    Um abraco, Jose


    You bet it will! :)

    Hey, you gotta give your readership what they want, to keep 'em happy.

    And since about 90% are males...

    What's a girl to do, right? Anyway, don't you worry.

    I get my jollies too, Jose!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 07:55:00 pm GMT-5  


  • Uh, that's the angel with the flaming sword. Aren't you Catholic? ;)


    Catechism class was a huge martini fog, JSU!


    What's with her two-tone skin? Half of it must be something else, but what?


    Erm...what do you mean?

    She's a white woman with a mega-dazzling Brazilian tan.

    BTW, a black Brazilian lady once cleared up that very question for me.

    I had wondered out loud why it was that Brazilians kept those unsightly tan lines, when they easily could go topless in certain areas, or certainly in tanning salons.

    She said,

    "Don't you know? It's because white people here love to be dark and tanned.

    But they keep their tan lines, especially women's bikini top lines, because they want you to know...

    Sure, I may get real dark. But look, I'm white."


    That was Solange, my maid in Rio. RIP.


    Hey now. We're today (half) celebrating homely, great, henpecked ol' Abe Lincoln.


    Happy President's Day!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 08:00:00 pm GMT-5  


  • I didn't see that movie and know only vaguely what it's about, so I don't get the reference.


    Completely overrated movie about little Abigail Breslin wanting to be a Jon-Benet Ramsay kiddie beauty contestant.

    The final scenes, when the little girls are being primped by their mothers...yikes. Talk about secrets of the trades.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 08:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I meant... Above the midriff is a nice tan; below, there's this yellow shade to it that isn't there above.

    But on second glance it may be a trick of the camera.

    By Blogger JSU, at Mon Feb 19, 09:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I meant... Above the midriff is a nice tan; below, there's this yellow shade to it that isn't there above.

    Oh, LOL. :)

    All of that explanation for nothing.

    But not really! Because you can see the phenomenon raising its head with the Porto da Pedra photos.

    The last photo shows an almost black lady who is making sure you realise she's got a fair bit of white in her.

    Else she would've covered up her bikini top lines.

    But on second glance it may be a trick of the camera.

    Yeah. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Feb 19, 10:49:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Obrigado Victoria! Your coverage keeps getting better and better!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Mon Feb 19, 10:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • sex manhole cover

    LOL. Lemme see if I can find a crowbar...

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Mon Feb 19, 11:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Obrigado Victoria! Your coverage keeps getting better and better!

    Thanks, Jose!

    You know how it is -- I'm encouraged to do so by you guys.

    And by the terrific amount of hits I've gotten for a week solid!

    Glad you're enjoying it.

    My mother and I briefly turned from GloboTV to Fashion TV.

    Oh my God...what a difference. You miss so much. Especially the songs!

    But they have more mulata coverage.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 12:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • LOL. Lemme see if I can find a crowbar...

    *creaks*

    ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 12:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • *creaks*

    Err, I don't think it's supposed to make a creaking noise.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Tue Feb 20, 12:10:00 am GMT-5  


  • Err, I don't think it's supposed to make a creaking noise.


    Here's hoping its well oiled!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 12:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • Here's hoping its well oiled!

    [Ah, you slay me!]

    Well-oiled and not too worn out.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Tue Feb 20, 12:19:00 am GMT-5  

  • I haven't disappeared, Victoria, I'm just in awe at the spectacle of everything; the floats, the women!, the cultural ideas lurking around through the choices of floats, the flying buttresses, man,...I just stand mouth agape!

    I can't really comment all that intelligently now...


    I didn't like Little Miss Sunshine either...

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Feb 20, 12:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • "That's quite a pile of bricks keeping up those flying buttresses."

    A little overbuilt, if you ask me. You sure that's not a tranny? ;)

    By Blogger JSU, at Tue Feb 20, 12:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • A little overbuilt, if you ask me. You sure that's not a tranny? ;)

    Carnival Rule #1: Make sure you check the undercarriage first.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Tue Feb 20, 12:45:00 am GMT-5  

  • My Globo is down!!

    Today of all days, and BEFORE my favourite Samba School, Beija-Flor. :((

    I will try to rest now, because I'm too hyper.

    Check out the post tomorrow, with updated last minute pics!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 01:09:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ron wrote:

    I haven't disappeared, Victoria, I'm just in awe at the spectacle of everything; the floats, the women!, the cultural ideas lurking around through the choices of floats, the flying buttresses, man,...I just stand mouth agape!

    Good!

    BTW, you're not the only one.

    A Brazilian Rainha da Bateria who is from the South of Brazil was just interviewed, post-passarella.

    She said that the sights and sounds of the Sambodromo are such that she was extremely emotional watching everything.

    In the stands, were more people than in her whole town in the South of Brazil.

    And in her Samba School, 15x more people than in her grade school!

    It's a bit much for many people.

    But! that's why I am here, to give you all this so next time, you're a little less agape. :)

    I can't really comment all that intelligently now...

    Good. Enjoy.

    I didn't like Little Miss Sunshine either...

    That's more intelligence than I've heard all day. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 01:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • A little overbuilt, if you ask me. You sure that's not a tranny? ;)

    As Brazilians say, I wouldn't put my hand in the fire for her. :)

    You know who I thought was?

    That 6 footer, Angela Bismarck.

    I mean, even if she is German, she's really "stacked".

    But mum says she's a woman. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 01:14:00 am GMT-5  


  • Carnival Rule #1: Make sure you check the undercarriage first.


    LOL, yeah. :)

    Tangentially, they just interviewed one of those allegorical car "drivers" who are, obviously, driving the car underneath the float.

    They are front-and-centre in the Samba Schools and they don't get to watch a THING.

    GLOBO IS BACK! WOO! Now I can stay up a bit more!

    My Scientific Atlanta decided to up and reboot itself to install new software tonight. Idiots!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 01:17:00 am GMT-5  

  • Oh my God, Oh my God!

    Beija-Flor, my favourite school is arriving with 46 alas (wings) and has real elephants for their Africa theme!

    (What's up with Africa, man? Only Rosa Magalhães had the audacity to make her theme about Norway and cod!)

    I will happily fall asleep after seeing Beija-Flor until 3:30 AM. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Feb 20, 02:22:00 am GMT-5  

  • Obrigado, moçinha!

    I'd thrown "thanks" into google's language tools, and it came out as obrigado, so I'm impressed with google's translations.

    Hey, I got your back IRA Darth Aggie. And any other body part you wish to extend to me.

    Let me get back to you on that after Lent. Yeah, I'm gonna give up sex. Yeah, not much of a sacrifice, so I'll probably throw in something else. Last year, it was liquor, maybe this year I'll try maybe pork or beef.

    By Blogger I R A Darth, at Tue Feb 20, 08:42:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vics, the Vietnamese girl of the famous photo was taken to live in Cuba.... She married a Cuban, and both defected in Canada. Now they live in Toronto.

    By Blogger Charlie Bravo, at Tue Feb 20, 09:56:00 am GMT-5  

  • But if I hit the gym, did my Pilates religiously, and painted my body gold...

    Vic I think Shaq's gym is open 24/7!!!

    Los Cubanos also say "que monumento!"; and I agree with your Mom, she is all woman!!!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Tue Feb 20, 10:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • In honor of Carnival, another MST3k classic.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Tue Feb 20, 11:03:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria- Outstanding commentary and pictures.

    By Blogger SippicanCottage, at Tue Feb 20, 11:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'd thrown "thanks" into google's language tools, and it came out as obrigado, so I'm impressed with google's translations.

    Of course! What were you expecting them to say it was:

    "Hey, thanks buddy"? ;)


    Let me get back to you on that after Lent. Yeah, I'm gonna give up sex. Yeah, not much of a sacrifice, so I'll probably throw in something else. Last year, it was liquor, maybe this year I'll try maybe pork or beef.


    Renato just reminded me that I can't have meat on Ash Wednesday.

    But no sex??

    That's hard, IRA Darth baby.

    I mean, real HARD, hoohoo.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 12:11:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vics, the Vietnamese girl of the famous photo was taken to live in Cuba.... She married a Cuban, and both defected in Canada. Now they live in Toronto.

    NO way! That's great news, Charlie. :)

    And thanks for your kind offer to help me with the mouse. I got that solved, though, but I thank you!

    P.S.: The Afghan girl was recently re-found too, of course.

    She was in another refugee camp this time, was already the mother of several girls, and sadly, her vibrant good looks had completely gone.

    In fact, I remember reading a comment at the time that National Geographic did a followup of that cover, where someone said she now looked like...

    Steve Mariucci. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 12:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vic I think Shaq's gym is open 24/7!!!

    Shaq has a gym?? Donde??

    Los Cubanos also say "que monumento!"; and I agree with your Mom, she is all woman!!!

    You see, Cubans and Brazilians are so close linguistically.

    Who else can love mulatas as much as both of youse. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 12:14:00 am GMT-5  

  • Funular bunular, fruit of the loomular, frenchical tongular, wabitaboobular! Fleshical orbicle, smorgasti-boobular, tushobutt cheekular ball!

    LOL, Ploorian. Not sure what it means, but it sounds great.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 12:15:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria- Outstanding commentary and pictures.

    Thank you so much, Sippican!

    I truly appreciate it. I put a lot of effort into this, as you can see. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 12:16:00 am GMT-5  

  • For many years my friends have made fun of my touting Mark Kurlansky's "Cod", as an excellent narrative history/cookbook/story book, so it is with great delight that I love seeing the CodPeople in the parade! Where can I get one of those suits? Halloween is made baby!

    Slightly paraphrasing Bogey here, Victoria, but of all the posts on all the blogs that I've ever read, these are the best I've read about any topic. I knew nothing about Carnavale before this, and now I have been downloading little YouTube videos from it last night and today! It's good to have someone who can explain it without condescention or a nationalistic snobbishness, but it's amazing to have someone explain the sheer fun of it all!

    Thank You, Vic, for your energy, and your joyful presentation! You inspire and delight me no end...

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Feb 21, 12:18:00 am GMT-5  

  • I THINK THE CLOSEST TO YOU MAY BE IN THE GROVE.

    Shaquille O'Neal
    Clubs : Signature Clubs

    24 Hour Fitness USA has teamed up with basketball marvel Shaquille O’Neal to create new 24 Hour Fitness Shaq Sport Clubs, the first of which opened in Miami in 2005. The new Shaq-sized clubs come complete with Shaq-sized amenities in the clubs and locker rooms.

    The partnership started after Shaq spent the 2003 off-season with a certified personal trainer from 24 Hour Fitness. Impressed with the results and the company, Shaq signed on to create a chain of uniquely branded clubs and to be a new face for 24 Hour Fitness print and TV advertising. Supporting the 24 Hour Fitness motto of fitness made fun for everyone, Shaq Sport Clubs are all about fun.

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Feb 21, 12:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • For many years my friends have made fun of my touting Mark Kurlansky's "Cod", as an excellent narrative history/cookbook/story book, so it is with great delight that I love seeing the CodPeople in the parade!

    Wow! You actually liked the codpeople!

    Ron, that is awesome, and I too thought (when the Globo presenter mentioned that Rosa had bought tonnes of books on the history of cod) about Mark Kurlansky's book!

    I can't wait to read his Salt book. :)

    Where can I get one of those suits? Halloween is made baby!

    I love them! They're so happy and shiny.

    Will you be my cod this Halloween, Ron?

    Slightly paraphrasing Bogey here, Victoria, but of all the posts on all the blogs that I've ever read, these are the best I've read about any topic. I knew nothing about Carnavale before this, and now I have been downloading little YouTube videos from it last night and today! It's good to have someone who can explain it without condescention or a nationalistic snobbishness, but it's amazing to have someone explain the sheer fun of it all!

    Thank You, Vic, for your energy, and your joyful presentation! You inspire and delight me no end...


    Gosh...you have touched me DEEPLY, Ron, thanks so much.

    I'm choked up.

    Looking up little snippets of Carnival on Youtube because I interested you in the topic, is the greatest compliment you could pay me.

    Hugs!
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 01:57:00 am GMT-5  

  • I THINK THE CLOSEST TO YOU MAY BE IN THE GROVE.

    The Grove?? Dude, not at night, that's dangerous.

    Shaquille O'Neal
    Clubs : Signature Clubs

    24 Hour Fitness USA has teamed up with basketball marvel Shaquille O’Neal to create new 24 Hour Fitness Shaq Sport Clubs, the first of which opened in Miami in 2005. The new Shaq-sized clubs come complete with Shaq-sized amenities in the clubs and locker rooms.

    The partnership started after Shaq spent the 2003 off-season with a certified personal trainer from 24 Hour Fitness. Impressed with the results and the company, Shaq signed on to create a chain of uniquely branded clubs and to be a new face for 24 Hour Fitness print and TV advertising. Supporting the 24 Hour Fitness motto of fitness made fun for everyone, Shaq Sport Clubs are all about fun.


    Well, we'll see. Thanks for the info though!

    In our condo, we have men's and women's gyms, so why am I twenty lbs overweight? Yes. :(

    Damn those croquetas and Iron Beer...

    Then again, summer is coming, and I gots to look good. We'll see!

    P.S.: Hey, Jose, did you notice that Timmy Hardaway had to change his car wash's name from "Timmy Hardaway Presents" to well, this long-ass name?

    That'll teach him to be an homophobe (not).

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 02:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • I can't wait to read his Salt book. :)

    Where can I get one of those suits? Halloween is made baby!

    I love them! They're so happy and shiny.

    Will you be my cod this Halloween, Ron?


    Alas, the Salt book was not as good as I hoped, nor was his book on 1968. But I really liked "A Basque History of the World."

    Here in America, people would think the cod suit would be the Creature From the Black Lagoon!

    Well, I'm as jowly as a cod, and with less lean, white meat, but yes, dearest, I would cod away the Halloween with you, happily...

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Feb 21, 02:42:00 am GMT-5  


  • Alas, the Salt book was not as good as I hoped, nor was his book on 1968.


    I didn't like his 1968 either!

    I really found it shallow, and something he could've (and maybe did write) written in a sitting, with very little research, almost as if his editor said, "Hey you know what would be a good idea? Write something close to your heart, so you can capitalise on the Cod book", or whatever book came before that one.

    Seriously, it's like me writing a book on carnival tomorrow.

    Sure, I know a lot about it, but you have to do some serious research, too.

    But I really liked "A Basque History of the World."

    LOL! I had no idea he had written that.

    Does he mention Jai-Alai in Dania?

    Here in America, people would think the cod suit would be the Creature From the Black Lagoon!

    Heh. But they look so happy...

    Well, I'm as jowly as a cod, and with less lean, white meat, but yes, dearest, I would cod away the Halloween with you, happily...

    Start fishing upstream anytime!

    P.S.: See how early I got up to be on time for the Rio Carnival Winner announcement?

    The São Paulo one was at 6:30 AM yesterday, which I missed, but I'll be darned if I miss this one.

    I just don't know when it starts...Globo is so unpunctual.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 07:54:00 am GMT-5  

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