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Rio De Janeiro Chiller Girls

"I quickly learned how serious during my first lesson at the home office of Ignez Perdigão. Best known for her prowess on the cavaquinho, the ukulele-like instrument prominent in samba and chorinho, Perdigão also knows how to handle an acoustic guitar, my chosen instrument. Minutes into our lesson, she seemed to want to get a handle on my neck – to strangle me for my bumbling. I broke out in a cold sweat that would make James Brown proud and started glancing at the clock. She kept lowering the bar but wouldn’t let me leave until I jumped over it at least once. “I’ve never had a student fail to learn, and you’re not going to be the first,” she declared. Finally I ran through a passable version of some classic song by Adoniran Barbosa or somebody, and I was dismissed. Somewhat relieved, I made a quick exit. But I’m convinced that with a few more hours I’d come out playing like Baden Powell (with his penchant for whisky, to boot!).

"As mourners laid her bullet-riddled body to rest Tuesday, environmentalists and colleagues of slain missionary Dorothy Stang seesawed between fragile optimism and angry skepticism over a question they had hoped never to consider. Would the slaying of the silver-haired American nun, who devoted her life to fighting land grabbers and loggers in the Amazon, galvanize action and world opinion the same way the killing of legendary Brazilian rubber tapper Chico Mendes did 16 years ago?"

"Valeria Valenssa, the famous mulata Globeleza, said her farewell to the runway. For the uninitiated, this beauty became a Brazilian icon by dancing completely naked on TV. A little body paint here, a spray of glitter there, a thin strip of surgical tape... and there she was, doing the samba in 10-15 second spots on Rede Globo during all Carnival season. Apparently now she is going into the workout video business - not a bad idea considering her perfect shape!"

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