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Kesha performing a solo version of Timber for the first time ever in São Paulo, Brazil

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January 21, 1993, Rio de Janeiro - Kurt Cobain records a session with Hole at BMG Ariola Ltda. This session features a rare duet with Kurt & Courtney called “It’s Closing Soon.” The complete version hasn’t been released & a rough mix is all that is currently circulating.

Artists:

Courtney Love (vox, guitar)

Patty Schemel (drums)

Kurt Cobain (bass, backing vox)

"Big" John Duncan (bass)

Brazil drought threatens the future of its huge cities

We reported a few months ago on the increasing water crisis and societal tensions in southern Brazil due to the failure of the rainy season last year causing the worst drought in at least 80 years (see http://on.fb.me/1BQUJPY). Particularly affected is the megalopolis of Sao Paolo (20 million dwellers), the continent’s economic capital, whose reservoirs now stand at 5%, despite being halfway through this year’s (so far) very weak rainy season. 

Since we last wrote the situation has worsened, and many new areas, including that of the continent’s other megalopolis (Rio de Janeiro, whose 4 main reservoirs now stand at 1% capacity) are now affected. Taps are running dry and blackouts are occurring due to the lack of water to run hydroelectric power and the high demand for air conditioning as temperatures warm year by year, resulting in rolling power cuts that are affecting communities and businesses alike in many towns and cities. Electricity has been bought from neighbouring Argentina, but they tend to have power problems of their own at this time of year (Buenos Aires endured 2 weeks rolling blackout last summer at 40 Celsius, I was there, it wasn’t fun).

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When Visiting a Brazilian House
  • Small gifts exchange is a common practice.
  • Flowers will always be welcome! Any color, any size!
  • Gifts are usually opened when received.
  • Wear simple clothes. Brazilians receive guests in a very informal way.
  • In case you do not bring a gift to the dinner, you can send a ‘thank you’ card (or a small gift) on the next day.
  • And last, but not least: arrive on time - though being late is said to be a Brazilian characteristic, it is not a rule yet! 
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In 2007 and 2008, I visited Brazil for a number of reasons. The main one was to document the delivery and implementation of water filters in homes along the river. Water-born illnesses are one of the main causes of sickness in the region we visited, and most all of them were easily eliminated with the use of a water filter. Thirst Relief International manufactured these filters. 

As I am preparing to leave for Tanzania in a few days, I was chatting with my buddy about my trips to Brazil, and realized that these photos are not anywhere online for people to see. So I’ve included a handful of them here. Keep in mind that at the time, all the gear I had was a Canon 20D with an 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens and a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8. Not ideal. Though I got some great images, about 90% of the images were pretty tough to look at.