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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Some Handy Tips for Brazilians

If you're in a country illegally, try not to do these all at once when said country is in the grip of terrorist attacks the day before:

  • Don't wear a long, woolly coat in the height of summer

  • Don't run out of your council flat in a panic -- it may be under surveillance

  • Try to learn the word "stop!" even after 3 years of living in London

  • Realise there's no "immigration police" that will nab you or ask you for "legal" papers

  • Don't jump the turnstiles in the Tube because that's theft and a crime

  • When you're being chased by 20 police officers, obey their commands

    1. This way you may escape being shot to death in a notorious manhunt for escaped terrorists which even someone who doesn't speak English, can realise is happening.

      Of course, the monumentally simple action of just "try not to be in a country illegally" is not possible for some.

      Merda happens. RIP.


      • I am led to believe that he had a work visa.

        By Blogger ExpatEgghead, at Mon Jul 25, 12:57:00 am GMT-4  

      • The first reports I read in the Brazilian media (GLOBO, Jornal do Brasil, as well as the newswires) were that he was illegal.

        In fact, one of his cousins in Minas Gerais actually said that in the first reports.

        Now I see that one of his cousins says that he went to the UK illegally, "but since then regularised his situation" with a "big stamp in his passport". However, that means nothing. People regularly go back to Brazil to get a six-month visa renewed in their passport -- it doesn't mean they can work in the UK.

        The cousin also mentioned that "what person doesn't have a past" which would make him wary of the police.

        But the same cousin said that the police had stopped him twice before, once to talk to him, the other to search his toolbag.

        He had lived in England for a few years. From what I have since learnt, he spoke English. He comes from a middle-class family in Minas. Not rich, but not illiterate either.

        Not that this was your point, Adrian, but I am trying to clarify some inconsistencies people who wish to portray him as nervous, scared, illegal, and nearly illiterate, have.

        A) He had dealings with police before without incident.

        B) He held down a steady electrician's job.

        C) He spoke English.

        So he was not someone who should've run away from police in the circumstances he did.

        It was very bizarre behaviour from him -- and due to the state of alarm the country is in, he paid with his life.


        By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Jul 25, 01:19:00 am GMT-4  

      • Monday 22 August 2005

        Estou vendo pelo Hit Counter que tem um monte de gente do Brasil vindo aqui p'ra ler meu blogpost, já de bastante semanas atras.

        Seu querem, podem leer tambem a minha resposta a um Brasileiro, que me xingou sobre minhas palavras aqui.

        Sounds like a Bad Country Song

        Como a vida e irônica, não é não?


        By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Aug 22, 07:29:00 pm GMT-4  

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