Monthly Archives: February 2012

RIO CARNAVAL 2012, Greatest Show on Earth. (HD)
Rio De Janeiro, Sunday February 19, 2012.
Performs this Samba Schools; Renascer, Portela, Imperatriz, Mocidade, Porta da Pedra, Beija-Flor and Vila Isabel. As special guest I, Veniamin A.K.A. Human Slinky i will represent “Unidos da Tijuca” Samba School Tuesday February 21, 2012 at 3 AM [They won and are now Champions of Grupo Especial]. You can watch the Carnival on Brazilian TV Globo.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the Largest of Brazil’s Carnival Celebrations.
The purpose of carnival is for samba schools to compete with fellow rival schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival. Each school chooses a theme to try and portray in their entry. The samba schools work to build the best floats and costumes to represent their themes, and to include the best music they can from their band called the bateria. There are many parts to each school’s entry including the six to eight floats and thousands of participants.
In Brazil, Carnival is generally considered to have started in 1723 by settlers from the Portuguese Islands. Then in 1840, masquerade balls started, with street parades becoming part of the festivities about ten years later, leading to samba ingrained with Carnival by 1917.In 1928, the samba schools emerged as part of the Carnival culture and quickly began to shape the parading on the streets of Rio. As the popularity and competition between schools increased, the Sambódromo was eventually built in 1984 to house event, which continues to grow exponentially in splendor and extravagance [and this year was the inauguration of a brand new one].”

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What I live for

What I live for, a photo by pixel.eight on Flickr. If you are in M/Cr tonight come along to MSS Beginner’s Class and let Danny teach you to Samba! More info

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To Cultivate Myth that 60% of Brazilians Belong to Middle Class, Brazil Creates 3 Middle Classes

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Originally posted on Eideard:
Secel Montgomery Sr. stabbed a woman in the stomach, chest and throat so fiercely that he lost count of the wounds he inflicted. In the nearly 25 years he has been serving a life sentence, he…

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Originally posted on Parallel Worlds:
[words and photographs by Mark Eveleigh] Young men are sitting at a table by the dusty roadside. A bag is on the table but the flap is open and it is easy for the inquisitive…

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Jumping Rio Carnival with Carmelitas bloco

A bishop sits drunkenly on a step, nursing a glass of beer and eying up a body-builder with a red satin dress stretching over his bulging pecs. Across the road a policewoman, in an unfeasibly short skirt, lewdly caresses a … Continue reading

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Travel in Brazil: Belo Horizonte – MARANHÃO (01). Five Thousand Kilometers

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Originally posted on Parallel Worlds:
[words and photographs © Mark Eveleigh] While the media spotlight shines on the action in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, much of the carnival craziness takes place at the blocos – and one of the best and…

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Cidade Samba (City of Samba)

Tilt shift of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro. Made by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli. Captured during Carnaval of 2011. Music by Jarbas Agnelli. Special thanks to Rede Globo, Liesa and Jodele Larcher.

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Originally posted on Science-Based Life:
Enter Anatoli Bugorski… As a researcher at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino, Bugorski used to work with the largest Soviet particle accelerator, the U-70 synchrotron.[2] On July 13, 1978, Bugorski was checking…

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