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Setting the tone for modern Olympics

Egypt vs Germany. An Islamic reporter stated that “Allah granted the shameless near-naked harlots victory over the modest women of Islam, 2-0. No doubt the Jews are responsible.”

In the wake of a coup d’├ętat and a great deal of public unrest, the preparations for the Olympic Games were far behind schedule as the country wasn’t quite prepared for the enormity of this undertaking. Some athletes who arrived early were target of criminal gangs and forced to leave.

The main body of athletes arrived to find workers still attending to tasks in their rooms like with exposed wiring and bathrooms not working. Then many of the competition facilities weren’t quite complete and

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Zika virus

The ‘new’ fear and concern for the Rio Olympics

The mosquito that spreads Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Zika virus has headlined in the news (January 2016) and it’s being blamed for spreading Microcephaly, a birth defect occurring in thousands of newborn children particularly in Brazil. Although Zika virus is not a killer, it provokes an emotional reaction because the associated spread of Microcephaly affects our ability to reproduce.

“While zika seems to be spreading in the wild, it is also a registered – patented organism that can be purchased by almost anyone, so why has the issue of patent ownership of the Zika virus not been the object of media

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Acai Berry

A traditional food re-labelled as a superfood

Acai Berry is a rainforest berry that grows on Euterpe oleracea palm trees in the Amazon basin. This dark purple berry that looks like a blueberry and has a fruity taste with a hint of chocolate. For centuries the local inhabitants have used the acai berry as a staple part of their diet, but over the last decade the berry has become popular in the coastal cities of Brazil and acai smoothies popular in Brazilian beach culture.

The berry is eaten by fitness enthusiasts and athletes for its energizing and detoxifying properties. With high levels of antioxidants and cholesterol fighting fatty acids, the Amazonian acai berry has been hailed as the new superfood

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Rio De Janeiro

When’s the best time to go? On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you will be engulfed in the heat first – if you arrive for Carnival, get ready for a week-long, hot, sweaty, crazy party! If you like parades and festivals then Carnival is a great time to visit this beautiful country, but if you hate crowds then best to leave it to the off-season.Carnival is a very expensive time to visit Brazil, the cost for a room/bed triples or quadruples over this period (February 6 – February 14).

Beautiful bodies? Yes Please! Rio de Janeiro is known for having a ‘body-beautiful’ culture, more so than other Brazilian cities. An everyday sight on the beaches are buffed toned men and

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Florianopolis

One of the most beautiful Brazilian destinations

A city with some nice beaches

Now here is a small slice of paradise, an island 51km long and 18km wide linked to the mainland by the longest suspension bridge in Brazil, the Hercilio Luz Bridge.

Florianopolis is the State Capital of Santa Catarina and a fantastic spot for enjoying the best of what Brazil has to offer. It is comparatively wealthy, and a noticeable feature of this place, believe it or not, is that the buildings are actually clean! The rest of Brazil seems to have a glaze of grey over most of its buildings and look like no one cares, but here they are clean and even shiny. Cleanliness demonstrates

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Brazilian Cuisine

Food in Brazil is cheap (like everything else, bar electronics and chocolate), and very tasty, if you like beans and rice that is. Beans in a black sauce and white rice are served with almost everything here. It is very ‘typical’. A meal of crumbed fried fish, boiled white rice, beans in black sauce and a garden salad is a very Brazilian meal indeed.

You will find a large range of gourmet dishes at the more expensive restaurants here, and there are quite a few of these restaurants. Florianopolis is not expensive by Brazilian standards, Rio de Janeiro takes the cake for the most expensive city in Brazil, though it has a lot of upmarket places to eat, sleep

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Brazilian Highlights

The best places to visit are determined by what you are looking for

Brazil is renowned for it’s sex tourism – which ever way you swing..

You can explore the Amazon and the natural wonders, or if you want to relax by the beach in a five star hotel with other tourists, Rio de Janeiro is great. Ipanema beach is a classy neighbourhood and is recommended. Copacabana beach is a tourist trap of the highest order, and the only people here are tourists, prostitutes and all the people who feed off them – thieves, beggars and general scabs. You won’t really find too many Brazilians who like to hang out here unless they like gringos. (‘A Foreigner’ in Brazil

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Brazilian Quick Facts

About Brazil

Carnival in Rio

History Brazil is the largest and most populous South American country. Following three centuries Portuguese rule, Brazil became an independent nation in 1822 and the governing military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers in 1985. Today Brazil is exploiting it’s vast natural resources and labor pool to become South America’s leading economic power and a regional leader.

The government was overthrown in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games. The new regime is made up of crooks supported by the US administration. The outcome is yet to be seen.

Energy Brazil is dependent on hydro power with 96.8 per cent of power generated coming from its 600 dams. Brazil is the major

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Brazil

Land of a thousand smiles

Carnival in Rio takes place in February Image courtesy of Carnival’s Finest

Brazil is a very beautiful country and the Brazilian people are warm and friendly, they smile a lot, welcome visitors, and are normally as helpful as possible.

Being poor doesn’t mean being miserable, and they illustrate this point perfectly. A great place to visit, and a ‘have to see before I die’ destination for everyone. Brazil is a third world country so things are cheap, and you will find lots of great food and beautiful people here.

Rio De Janeiro is one of the most popular destination to experience carnival, Sao Paulo is a more southern destination and gateway

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