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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Street Carnival

My penultimate post on the Rio Carnival is here, and for a change, it's different than the usual T&A show I have offered you so far.

Now, I love giving you gratuitous boob shots and booty wide-angles, not to mention crotch close-ups.

I love showing you the finest bodies on the planet, especially since they are almost all tat-free, which should count for something these days, right?

But Brazil and more specifically, the city closest my heart for Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, cultural capital of Brazil, isn't only about plumes, babes, and tan lines.

Cariocas themselves rarely will step foot in the Sambodromo, which is kinda ironic, actually.

You see, back in the mid-80s, that site was planned by Governor Lionel Brizola the better to charge tourists a fee to enter, to see this traditional carnival display in all its glory -- but also to give a more organised feel to the parades of the Samba Schools.

Previous to the Sambodromo, the Schools would parade past in downtown Rio, called the "Centro".

Today, downtown Rio, as well as almost every neighbourhood and suburb of Rio, carries on their "bloco" tradition, of planned or impromptu street carnivals.

Here below, then, are some of the best shots of these block parties, where it's not fancy costumes, but creativity at work.

It's that kinky, topsy-turvy quality that carnival represents in Catholic countries, a relic of its pagan past. Enjoy!


RIO DE JANEIRO STREET CARNIVAL





No, they're not transvestites, for which Brazil is actually known. Heh.

One of the greatest traditions of any carnival, is that men and women trade genders for the week, and even in fusty countries like Germany back in the day, women could go up to men and proposition them -- whilst in Brazil, men dress up as women.

I'm calling this shot, "Lady and The Other Tramps".





These typical little Carioca kids are hanging around downtown Rio, waiting for someone to spray them with crazy foam.

The one to the left looks like Taylor Hanson, so I guess he's already prepping to look like a woman.





This is Sister Ostrogoda.

She has brought her Holy Water ("agua benta") and her crucifix to bless these heathens, and to pray for their many carnival sins.

But Sister Ostrogoda has a secret...





...at night, she comes out of the convent dressed like this!

(Vatican disclaimer: I would like to categorically deny that nuns are in any way lascivious, and it is not my intent to portray them as such. In reality, this photo is posted here to see if my readership is still paying attention. Thank you)





And speaking of coming out...

Actually, his Catholic schoolgirl look is quite becoming. Or at least that's what I told myself when I was in 11th grade.





Hey, guess who made it to Rio this year for carnival?

No, not Kate Winslet, sheesh.

That's 2005 Oscar winner, Rachel Weisz, visiting the Santa Teresa neighbourhood in Rio, famous for its tram cars, and aristocratic mansions.

I wonder if she knows someone there?

She doesn't look all that excited, nor do the citizens behind her because last year, they had Naomi Campbell.

Get a tan, Rache!





She should go amongst the real people, not the perverted knobs of Santa Teresa.

Like for example, these good folk celebrating elbow-to-elbow in downtown Rio, near Praça XV de Novembro.

Back when I was there, it wasn't the safest place in the world, but I notice Rio has really cleaned up its act. Good on them.

Carnival, for Brazilians, is the equivalent of the Super Bowl and the Fourth of July to Americans. It means A LOT.

Interestingly, though, a lot of the Cariocas hate carnival, and frequently flee their tourist-bogged city to more authentic carnival places, like Olinda up North.

I myself never did. Are you kidding me! I was in Rio FOR CARNIVAL! You ain't lived, if you ain't been.





These characters in famed Rio neighbourhood, Ipanema, are dressed as old-time musicians.

The one on the left is playing the cavaquinho (a tinIER ukelele), which a Brazilian boyfriend once tried to teach me to play!

Didn't work out so well. He dumped me.





Carmen Miranda and carnival are never far apart, even in her homeland which notoriously has always resented poor Carmen (she left for the States and Hollywood -- ergo, she's a traitor).

Here are some American coppers arresting a "lady" who looks like she just five-finger discounted a Victoria's Secret shop.

You go girl!





Since Brazil has an animistic tradition, a black arts religion called "macumba", during carnival you'll see a lot of people wearing white (the traditional costume of the voodoo priests and priestesses) plus wearing shells on a collar to ward off evil spirits.

Cubans have many of the same customs, since of course, they share a slave culture as well, perhaps the only two really strong predominantly-white cultures in the Americas to do so, after the US.

Here are some black celebrants acting the role of one of the gods of Candomblé/Umbanda/Macumba, the so-called "Preto Velho" (old black guy).

They intercede for you, with the "Orixas". Trust me, it's complicated...





...but this is easy.

Could never happen in the US, this costume, and for that, you can see how much I love Brazil! I mean, it's carnival. Relax.

Thanks, everyone, for reading my Carnival stories.

Have a good, blessed Lent, and Easter, everyone!

IN THE COMMENTS: A gracious Brazilian came to my blog with honeyed words of praise (not always the case, as you might notice above), and when I clicked on his blog, I was entranced to see photographs of his youth, dressed up in Carnival costumes -- a precious snapshot of the Brazil of yesteryear.

Check out Geraldo's blogpost here.

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35 Comments:

  • BTW, Carmen Miranda's career ended here when she was doing publicity shots with Cesar Romero for the picture that they had just finished. While being flown through the air by Mr. Romereo, it was apparent that Carmen went 'Britany' and had no underpants on! These pub shots quickly made the rounds, pissing of Jack Warner no end... and he pitched her off the lot!

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Feb 21, 02:28:00 am GMT-5  

  • "She doesn't look all that excited, nor do the citizens behind her because last year, they had Naomi Campbell."

    She looks happy to be there in the picture you have. Maybe if you knew the difference between being excited and not being excited, you would know what i mean.

    By Anonymous Carol, at Wed Feb 21, 05:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • I have family in the Santa Teresa neighborhood that took photos with Rachel Weisz that day and said that she was very happy and talked to most of the people there. If you have a personal problem with the actress or with Santa Teresa. Itself ( The “the perverted knobs” statement you made was stupid and insulting) then that’s your problem , don’t try to slander Rachel Weisz or the neighborhood because of your petty biases.

    By Anonymous Antonio, at Wed Feb 21, 05:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • BTW, Carmen Miranda's career ended here when she was doing publicity shots with Cesar Romero for the picture that they had just finished. While being flown through the air by Mr. Romereo, it was apparent that Carmen went 'Britany' and had no underpants on! These pub shots quickly made the rounds, pissing of Jack Warner no end... and he pitched her off the lot!

    Yes, sir!

    I've been looking for that famous photo for years, Ron. Everyone seems to know of it anecdotally, but I can't imagine it was seen at the time. Not even in Photoplay. ;)

    If you find it, lemme know!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 07:31:00 am GMT-5  

  • She looks happy to be there in the picture you have. Maybe if you knew the difference between being excited and not being excited, you would know what i mean.

    You are a very insensitive person, Carol.

    Perhaps you didn't know that I suffer from Sensitivity Impediment Syndrome (SIS), which makes life very very difficult, though I soldier on with courage and grace, but now you do.

    I think you owe me an apology.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 07:33:00 am GMT-5  

  • I have family in the Santa Teresa neighborhood that took photos with Rachel Weisz that day and said that she was very happy and talked to most of the people there. If you have a personal problem with the actress or with Santa Teresa. Itself ( The “the perverted knobs” statement you made was stupid and insulting) then that’s your problem , don’t try to slander Rachel Weisz or the neighborhood because of your petty biases.

    Ahhhh meu deus do ceu.

    Se você AINDA não sacou que este não é um blog serio, cheio de puxa sacos como você que levam tudinho a serio, fica sabendo agora, meu carissimo Antonio.

    Se o blog não for do seu jeito, não gosta das minhas observacões de humor exquisito, cai fora.

    E leva sua amiguinha Carol tambem, seus dois lambe-cus!

    Gente, e dissem que Brasileiro tem sentido de humor.

    Haja paciencia...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 07:38:00 am GMT-5  

  • Yes, I just called him an asslicker, what?

    So my canonisation has hit a roadbump, live with it, people!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 07:40:00 am GMT-5  

  • Good for you Vic! Carol and Antonio seem to need to spend a little time down in Rio!!!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Feb 21, 08:44:00 am GMT-5  

  • Good for you Vic!

    Don't get me started, Jose!

    Seriously, now you know my bad girl side.

    Allow me to do my best Mae West impersonation and say, "When I'm good I'm really good. When I'm bad, I'm better."

    Carol and Antonio seem to need to spend a little time down in Rio!!!

    APPARENTLY, Antonio is from Rio! That I can never ever believe.

    I mean, we all know Brazilians have the most massive sense of humour, right?

    They would never ever sue The Simpsons for their slanderous, disgraceful, and totally stupid portrayal of Brazil, right?

    P.S.: You want yuks for the day?

    Check out the Brazilians have a hissy fit in the Turistas IMDB Board.

    Never mind that it was an awful, horrible film which no one but the director's mum saw.

    It portrayed Brazilians in a bad light! How dare they!

    (Can you imagine if Americans were this sensitive about stuff? Would Borat have hit over $200m in the US, if they were? Sheesh)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 09:05:00 am GMT-5  

  • That is funny! My favorite line from the article was:

    There is also the penetrada, a fictitious and lascivious dance shown them by the teacher. That name is even better than the lambada!

    It seems that all too often, when a country has real huge problems it should be confronting, they instead like to find scapegoats to blame and divert their own peoples' attention! Sort of like castro and chavez do with the USA coming invasions, etc...

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Feb 21, 09:25:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hi Victoria, thanks for your visit and nice comment about my Mom's photos! Thanks you so much for your links, they are just great and very timely, too!
    Your blog is just great! I will come back soon!

    By Blogger Sonia, at Wed Feb 21, 09:27:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hi Victoria, thanks for your visit and nice comment about my Mom's photos! Thanks you so much for your links, they are just great and very timely, too!
    Your blog is just great! I will come back soon!


    Thanks, Sonia! You're welcome back anytime.

    Since I left a few commentaries about the carnival, I'm not quite reminded who your mom is -- which blog was it? :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 09:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • That is funny! My favorite line from the article was:

    There is also the penetrada, a fictitious and lascivious dance shown them by the teacher. That name is even better than the lambada!


    Penetrada, lol! I hadn't remembered that.

    With sophomoric humour, I used to call my favourite lambada move, "lambida" (licking).

    I was hot stuff for 15.

    It seems that all too often, when a country has real huge problems it should be confronting, they instead like to find scapegoats to blame and divert their own peoples' attention! Sort of like castro and chavez do with the USA coming invasions, etc...

    I'm terribly sorry to say this, since you know how much Brazil means to me, and how much I have gratuitous affection for Brazilians, but Brazilians are the MOST TOUCHY people I've ever encountered.

    They have a MASSIVE inferiority complex, which sometimes comes out in precisely these types of times, about comments they perceive as "insulting", whereas at best, it's something you shrug off, as if someone said that the British have bad teeth or we were snobs.

    (It's like me replying, but I have beautiful teeth! Take it back! How dare you)

    Just yesterday, a Brazilian neighbour of mine asked me to email FashionTV because they had the audacity to put Shakira and other Spanish singers as a kind of dub-over of their carnival coverage.

    (I'm a little hazy as to the exact details, especially since I didn't see or hear what he meant, but I think that's what he said)

    I asked him, "You want me to email saying what now??".

    "That Shakira and salsa isn't Brazilian!! These people should be ashamed of themselves. Don't they know anything of culture, that they have to include us with Mexicans??".

    Hello, Zeca Pagodinho, she's Colombian...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 09:44:00 am GMT-5  

  • Quoting from link to the Guardian piece on the Simpsons:

    Rio's tourist secretary, Jose Eduardo Guinle, said: "If Fox is so worried about Brazilian orphans and the poverty of our children, it should donate the profits of the episode to the city's social work programme."

    Hah! I wonder if this is Jorginho Guinle's son?

    VERY coincidentally, when I was in Rio as a kid, my parents and I were invited to precisely one of these houses in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood I mentioned above.

    That's where a really old playboy, and High Society mainstay, Jorginho Guinle was checking ME out, all of 15 years old.

    With his wife next to him, completely oblivious to his undressing-me-with-his-eyes stare, because she was too busy admiring her couture Chanel suit.

    (She later told my mother, proudly, that she was one of the few women in Brazil at the time, to own a specially fitted Chanel suit. My mother laughed in her face ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 09:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • Oh my God...since I have nothing better to do with my time, as I await the "apuração" (vote counting) of the Brazilian carnival, I decided to see if Jorginho Guinle was still alive.

    I doubted it, and indeed, he passed on in 2004.

    But when I started reading his obit in the Folha de São Paulo (the NYT of Brazil), I read this:

    O mais famoso playboy do Brasil, Jorginho Guinle, era um "bon vivant" que na juventude seduziu muitas beldades. Guinle disse que teve encontros com Marilyn Monroe e que namorou as atrizes Rita Hayworth, Jane Mansfield e Veronica Lake, entre outras.

    Good God.

    "Guinle said he slept with Marilyn Monroe and that he romanced Rita Hayworth, Jane Mansfield e Veronica Lake, amongst others".

    If I had played my cards right, who knows, amongst others might've included ME alongside Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth!

    Eww.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 10:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • Agree, I also love Brazil and always root for them in the World Cup. However, they are a bit touchy as they demonstrated with the whole visa reciprocity issue with US travelers after 9/11. Not to mention what a pain in the ass they were whenever I would go get my 5 year visa over in their office in the Grove.

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Wed Feb 21, 10:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • Agree, I also love Brazil and always root for them in the World Cup.

    Yeah, because the alternative would be to root for the Argies.

    *shiver*

    However, they are a bit touchy as they demonstrated with the whole visa reciprocity issue with US travelers after 9/11.

    Did you know that Lula made all the American tourists coming to Brazil, be fingerprinted before they could enter the country? Just because Americans did so, after the 9/11 attacks?

    Those types of retributory-to-American things are really popular with the larger Brazilian public.

    It makes them feel that they are sticking it to the Gringos, who have the audacity to have a better country than them, despite being vastly inferior as we all know.

    Not to mention what a pain in the ass they were whenever I would go get my 5 year visa over in their office in the Grove.

    They've moved to Brickell, next to the Porcão rodizio eatery.

    Jose, you're not the first person to note this ridiculously bad treatment of foreigners getting visas to Brazil.

    See, the career diplomats in Brazilian embassies are usually graduates of the Rio Branco Institute -- the official diplomat "school" of Brazil.

    They have SUCH an attitude, because it's understood that to get where they are, they have to be brains, and part of the social elite of Brazil.

    They treat their underlings who actually man the consulate windows etc, with such a sense of disdain, that these people then take it out on the visiting public.

    There are many reasons why Brazil, a country whose natural beauty is IMHO, unparalleled anywhere in this world, is not the tourist mecca it should be.

    Sure, there's violence, crime, and corruption there.

    But a large part has to do with their attitude.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 10:44:00 am GMT-5  

  • Sort of like castro and chavez do with the USA coming invasions, etc...

    Oh, bloody hell. Back to the drawing board, then.

    Tho I hear that Cuban doctors who've been sent to work in Venezula have been...slipping over the border into Columbia to seek asylum.

    By Blogger I R A Darth, at Wed Feb 21, 02:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey! Wait a minute! It's not just about the babes, you know. Knowing that you would be completely different than everyone else, I was anticipating lots of pictures of hot Brazilian guys. Instead we get some old codgers smoking pipes. Hmmmm.

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Wed Feb 21, 05:30:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I find it fitting in the Carnival spirit that Victoria gives me the cheesecake supreme, and MadeInBrazil gives me, like, no women at all! (But a good shot of the cod people!)

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Feb 21, 07:11:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gee Ron, thanks for for the reminder! I remember running across that site some time ago, but forgot all about it until you mentioned it. I'll retract my earlier comment, as there is certainly more than enough eye candy to be found there.

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Wed Feb 21, 08:09:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh, bloody hell. Back to the drawing board, then.

    Heh. :)

    Tho I hear that Cuban doctors who've been sent to work in Venezula have been...slipping over the border into Columbia to seek asylum.

    Definitely, though the fact that they were sent to Venezuela itself, should tell you something.

    Most of them earn about 50 US dollars at home, WHEN they get paid.

    But Chavez is giving each of the docs about U$3000 per month, to go to the poor neighbourhoods, and treat the patients.

    They said they did well in the beginning, and the poor of Caracas were really digging the Cubans.

    But then they started to "disappear", and now the clinics are largely abandoned.

    I feel sorry for Venezuela more than I can say, but I hope they realise that'll be them one day -- fleeing across the already temptuous border.

    (I hope Jorge's family are not very affected...)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 08:13:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey! Wait a minute! It's not just about the babes, you know. Knowing that you would be completely different than everyone else, I was anticipating lots of pictures of hot Brazilian guys. Instead we get some old codgers smoking pipes. Hmmmm.

    Hehe. Well, in truth I wanted to show you the "normal" people on the street, not the studmuffins wearing that particular kind of Brazilian swimtrunks speedo -- the sunga.

    The sunga (soon-gah) is cut square to the hips, and frankly, I've often found it rather gay...NTTTAWWT.

    I just don't find it masculine. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 08:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I find it fitting in the Carnival spirit that Victoria gives me the cheesecake supreme, and MadeInBrazil gives me, like, no women at all! (But a good shot of the cod people!)

    Ron! You're wonderful.

    You really do click on the links I give you all.

    Not that others don't, but sometimes I think I give out so many, that people's eyes just glaze over.

    The MiB site is fantastic. But sometimes, JUST sometimes, I feel the beefcake shots are not meant for girls like me. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 08:19:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Gee Ron, thanks for for the reminder! I remember running across that site some time ago, but forgot all about it until you mentioned it. I'll retract my earlier comment, as there is certainly more than enough eye candy to be found there.

    Had I known, I would've gone in search of more! :)

    Like you have to bend my arm to find cute Brazilian guys at the beach.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 21, 08:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You really do click on the links I give you all.

    Not that others don't, but sometimes I think I give out so many, that people's eyes just glaze over.


    Should my ears be burning? If I could do a Steve Martin voice here, I would (as in "Well, Excuusse me!). Someone has some 'splainin' to do and I don't think it is me (although it could be). I do not recall seeing that link to MdeinBrazil when last I looked at that post, but ten I don't remember it being half that long (or half as many beautiful photos).

    Did I somehow skip from the first post with the songs to the summation and missed the middle?

    And, from what I've heard, finding cute Brazilian guys at the beach is the very least of a woman's problems in Brazil. (For gay men from the US who don't speak Portuguese and/or have insufficient common sense, OTOH, it IS something of a problem.

    The sunga (soon-gah) is cut square to the hips, and frankly, I've often found it rather gay...NTTTAWWT.

    LOL! NTTTAWWT indeed! But I agree, the sunga can look a tad affected, but that's the idea me thinks ;-)

    In all seriousness, I was impressed by the beautifully done Chinese character on that one model. Talent shows.

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Thu Feb 22, 12:51:00 am GMT-5  


  • Ron! You're wonderful.

    You really do click on the links I give you all.


    Of course! I never know what delightful surprises lurk behind such linkage! In that respect it is not unlike a similar concept of the Email, (pronounced "EeeeMale") which, if opened, could contain amuse bouches... :p

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Feb 22, 01:35:00 am GMT-5  

  • Speaking of email, I just sent you the Carmen Miranda-Romero crotch pic to the address you've been sending me stuff to lately...

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Feb 22, 02:05:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria,

    Thanks for the laughs! I just want to say that not all Brazilians are so sensitive, but you're right about most of us (and Latin Americans in general)!

    By Blogger Geraldo, at Thu Feb 22, 07:47:00 am GMT-5  


  • Should my ears be burning?


    I dunno, are you expecting company? ;)

    If I could do a Steve Martin voice here, I would (as in "Well, Excuusse me!). Someone has some 'splainin' to do and I don't think it is me (although it could be). I do not recall seeing that link to MdeinBrazil when last I looked at that post, but ten I don't remember it being half that long (or half as many beautiful photos).

    Yeah, I updated it with the link at the end. ;)

    Did I somehow skip from the first post with the songs to the summation and missed the middle?

    Could be!

    And, from what I've heard, finding cute Brazilian guys at the beach is the very least of a woman's problems in Brazil. (For gay men from the US who don't speak Portuguese and/or have insufficient common sense, OTOH, it IS something of a problem.

    So I gather from the guys who post in the Made in Brazil website...ewww. ;)


    LOL! NTTTAWWT indeed! But I agree, the sunga can look a tad affected, but that's the idea me thinks ;-)


    Perhaps, but I don't like my men affected. *g*

    In all seriousness, I was impressed by the beautifully done Chinese character on that one model. Talent shows.

    That's not all that shows!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Feb 22, 03:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Speaking of email, I just sent you the Carmen Miranda-Romero crotch pic to the address you've been sending me stuff to lately...

    OMG RON! Thanks. :)

    There is something about lack of knowledge that is very refreshing, I admit.

    Because right now, I don't know what Carmen Miranda's cooter looks like.

    But in a few minutes, I will.

    No wonder they say ignorance is bliss.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Feb 22, 03:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thanks for the laughs!

    Thanks, Geraldo! You're very gracious to come to the blog and say so. :)

    I just want to say that not all Brazilians are so sensitive, but you're right about most of us (and Latin Americans in general)!

    Alas.

    But don't worry, despite your people's love of Os Trapalhões e Calderão do Huck, and let's not forget Silvio Santos, I still think you guys are funny. ;)

    You are welcome back anytime, Geraldo!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Feb 22, 03:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "Because right now, I don't know what Carmen Miranda's cooter looks like.

    But in a few minutes, I will."

    If you can't share with everyone in the class, young lady. . .

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Fri Feb 23, 12:20:00 am GMT-5  

  • BTW, Carmen's "panty memory lapse" occurred during filming of "Weekend in Havana" released in 1941. How do you explain "Springtime in the Rockies" (1942), "The Gang's All Here" (1943),"Something for the Boys" (1944), "Doll Face" (1945), "If I'm Lucky" (1946), "Copacabana" (1947, "A Date with Judy" (1948),"Nancy Goes to Rio" (1950, and "Scared Stiff" (1953)???? I only wish my career ends just as abruptly! (And I never forget my knickers!)

    I think her career ends with the same pharmaceutical assistance as Anna Nicole Smith's, after lifelong anxiety/depression. She died of a heart attack after filming the Jimmy Durante Show on August 4, 1955.

    By Blogger Darrell, at Fri Feb 23, 01:15:00 am GMT-5  

  • On the issue of visas, I must come in defense of the Brazilian government attitude. I'm not being sensitive, I just want you to see things from our side. It's not a matter of "revenge", the policy is simple: normally, Brazil doesn't require a visa for tourists; but if a country requires a visa from Brazilian citizens, Brazil will require a visa from visitors of that country. As for the difficulty of getting a visa, I invite any American visiting São Paulo to go the the U.S. Consulate and see the size of the line of people waiting for hours trying to get visas. And that's after having paid a fee just to schedule an interview, not to mention the fee for getting the visa and another one to have the passport sent to your home, because that's the only way they'll return the passport (you can't get it back at the Consulate). And having a visa doesn't guarantee you'll be admitted into the U.S. Any immigration officer can deny entry to any person without having to give a reason for that. Same applies to the U.K. I don't know about the visa situation for U.K., but there are frequent stories about visitors barred just because the officer thought they could be potential illegal imigrants.
    I know Brazilian consulate officers are arrogant, but from my experience, this can be said of their U.S. counterparts, too.
    As for the fingerprinting story, I agree that was very stupid and ridiculous...

    By Blogger Geraldo, at Fri Feb 23, 08:48:00 am GMT-5  

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