Monthly Archives: February 2011

Drugs, dirt and danger: A glimpse at Rio’s shadier half

The young boy straddling his moped takes a drag from a hand-made cigarette and eyes us intently, his baseball cap pulled low and a gold chain glinting around his neck in the 30 degree Rio sun… Far from being a … Continue reading

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Midget picks fight with 6’3″ transvestite in downtown Rio

It was gone one in the morning when we arrived at Lapa to join tens of thousands of Rio revellers for the biggest party in town. Every street as far as our drunkenly bleary eyes could see was crammed with … Continue reading

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A word from our sponsors Basil and Kate (Brush)

Freedom! We were beginning to think we’d always be left on the shelf, scrubbing away day in and day out at the same sink… That’s no place for toothbrushes with dreams of seeing the bathrooms of the world. Thank God … Continue reading

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Scary Russian, mad cabs and floating lights – Bem-vindo ao Rio!

Nine thousand kilometres, four movies and several head-jerky naps and we have finally arrived in Rio… Stumbling bleary-eyed through customs with our hefty backpacks in tow, the vision of Diego the driver clutching a sign bearing our names was a welcome … Continue reading

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Why has no one invented the tardis rucksack?

My name’s Phil and I’m a last-minute-panic-rucksack-buyer. There I’ve said it. Damn…  Publicly admitting my rash behaviour is not making me feel any better. If I become an alcoholic there’ll be no helping me. Mind you I do feel like drowning my … Continue reading

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