….and Russo Passapusso

2 07 2016

Carioca fever dream

25 06 2016

Sampa retro

25 06 2016


The flamboyant midcentury modernism of architect João Artacho Jurado in the Edificio Bretagne complex and Loft Cinderela, in Sao Paulo.


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… and Rio hipster

25 06 2016

From the ghetto to glamour, with Rio de Janeiro director Kayhan Ozmen, featuring a favela girl-rap group, Paulista karaoke, a lurid Carioca sex dream and a surreal Buenos Aires party at the unicorn-festooned Faena Hotel, on a roller disco rink designed by fellow Brazilian artists Assume Vivid Astro Focus.



Nostalgia: Meu Infinito Particular

10 05 2016


I spent a long, rather dull weekend hanging around, waiting for something to happen and dreaming nostalgically of South America: the bright yellow flowers waving in the hillside cemetery of Valparaiso with its colourful tin houses tumbling down the hillsides towards the briny sea, languid days on the streets of Copacabana and Botafogo, breakfasts of medialuna in Buenos Aires McDonalds … great memories…

Two Brothers

4 05 2016


“Two Brothers” is a comic book from Gabriel Ba (who also co-authored the superlative Daytripper) adopted from a well-known Brazilian novel by Milton Hatoum. It tells the age-old story of sibling rivalry, in this case between two Lebanese brothers growing up in 1940s Manaus. Which is interesting, given that Gabriel is a twin.


The story twists and turns through the years, with a surprise ending and a fabulous setting in the steamy Amazonian city – reading it sent me back fifteen years to my own time in the city, waiting for a missing suitcase to arrive and sailing on boats down the Rio Negro, walking past the slums on stilts where little vultures picked through the refuse and children swam in the shallows, and past the gleaming dome of the Opera House, watching the clouds drift over the river and the overripe fruit fall from the trees in the town square, while music played in tacky open-air bars. Good times!


Two worlds collide: Manha do carnaval

7 02 2016

This year Chinese New Year coincides with Carnaval in Brazil: I spent the first day of the Chinese New Year break cleaning my house to this, the samba theme from Rio de Janeiro’s ‘escola da samba’ Mangueira, featuring Maria Bethania on lead vocals.