The sharp devaluation in Brazil’s currency, the real, last year, has left São Paulo among the ten cheapest cities in the world to live in. A recent study by the international consultancy firm Mercer Human Resource Consulting, which included 144 cities, has São Paulo ranked 8th cheapest, while Rio de Janeiro was 7th and neighboring Buenos Aires came in 4th. The cheapest city in the world to live in is Asuncion, while the most expensive is Tokyo, followed by Moscow, Osaka and Hong Kong.
Geneva (6th) is the most expensive city in Europe, followed by London (7th), while Paris came in at 23rd most expensive. New York (10th) continues to be the most expensive American city, followed by Los Angeles (22nd), Chicago (25th) and Miami (27th).
The study included the cost of 200 comparative items in each city, including housing, food, clothing, transport and leisure.

The average cost of some items in São Paulo (in US dollars)

Aver. rent for a 2 bed. Apart. – $300/month
Popular 1 liter car – $5000
Liter of Milk – 50 cents
Loaf of bread – $1
Pack of cigarettes – 75 cents
Subway ticket – 65 cents
Cinema – $3.50
Sunday Newspaper – $1
Cup of coffee – 30 cents
Beer in a bar – $1
Can of beer in the supermarket – 30 cents
Dinner for 2 in a good restaurant – $40
Liter of gasoline – 70 cents
McDonalds Quaterpounder – $1.50
Haircut – $5
Aver. taxi ride – $7

São Paulo is a hive of cultural activity, with hundreds of exhibitions, shows, plays and concerts taking place each week, many of them for free. Here is our pick of the current bunch…have fun.

Brazil British Center
English photographer Fay Godwina has over 250 images of famous ‘Landmarks’ on display at the Brazil British Center in Pinheiros, and previously at the Barbican Center in London. Godwina became famous for her photos of Salman Rushdie, Saul Bellow and Gunter Grass.
Where: R. Ferreira de Arajo, 741, Pinheiros, Tel. 3814-4155
When: Mon to Sat from 9am to 8pm. Until July 13
Entry: Free

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
The Banco do Brasil cultural center has over 77 polaroids from pop art icon Andy Warhol (1928-1987) on exhibition, including portraits of personalities such as Pel, Grace Jones and Liza Minelli, taken between 1975 and 1980. The center is also showing 56 painting by Keith Haring(1958-1990).

Where: R. lvares Penteado, 112, center, Tel. 3113-3651
When: Tues to Sun 12pm to 8pm. Until July 20
Entry: Free

Centro Cultural Fiesp
The Negras Memórias, Memórias De Negros exhibition, showing at the Fiesp cultural center on Av. Paulista, is probably one of the most visited in the city at the moment. The exhibition is made up of over 500 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, objects etc, detailing the history of Afro Brazilians since the time of slavery.
Where: Av. Paulista, 1,313, Bela Vista, Tel. 3146-7406
When: Tue to Sat from 10am to 8pm. Sun from 10am to 7pm. Until July 13
Entry: Free

Instituto Goethe
Over 40 black and white photos by German artist and poet Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze taken in the 1930s taken of everyday scenes.
Where: R. Lisboa, 974, Cerqueira Csar
When: Mon to Fri 9am to 10pm. Sat. 9am to 5pm. Until June 18

Pinacoteca do Estado

A group of works from the 18th São Paulo Bienal exhibition (1985).

Where: Praa da Luz, 2
When: Tue – Sun from 10am to 5.30pm. Tel. (11) 229-9844. Until July 20
Entry: R$4

Centro da Cultura Judaica

The Anne Frank exhibition is currently showing at the recently inaugurated Jewish cultural center right next to Sumare metro station. The exhibition, from Amsterdam, has already traveled to over 50 countries, and is composed of 30 panels reproduced from photos taken by the Frank family.

Where: R. Oscar Freire, 2.500
When: Mon. 6.30pm to 9pm. Tue – Fri from 10am to 9pm. Sat-Sun from 2pm to 7pm. Until July 13. Tel. 3065-4333
Entry: Free

By Nathan Tilbury
In the last few years cricket in São Paulo and Brazil has progressed considerably. It has moved on from a dozen guys turning up once a month for a gentle game amongst themselves to a very competitive 3 team competition.
The Indians have had a team for a few years now and have a large number of active players in Brazil. The traditional team, which now calls itself The Rest of the World”, is mostly made up of people with a British background. Last year an Antipodean team was formed and these colonial Australians and New Zealanders came out on top. Since that rallying call summoned recalcitrant Aussies and Kiwis out of the bars and on to the field, the Indian and Rest of the World teams have faced a stern challenge to topple this increasingly impressive unit.

New Talent

There have even been a few Brazilians who have ventured out for a game or
two. The club is currently talking to schools about holding cricket coaching sessions in order to encourage young Brazilians to take up the game. The objective is to have between 15% and 20% of cricketers in Brazil consisting of Brazilians within just 5 years.

Home and Away

At the start of the 2003 season, São Paulo cricket experienced the end of an era. For development reasons cricket left the São Paulo Athletic Club (SPAC) after 130 years and moved out to Clube AB in Cotia, on the outskirts of São Paulo. This has presented us with a great opportunity. However it is hoped that in the near future the sport will be played in several more locations in São Paulo and right around Brazil on a regular basis.

There are two other clubs in Brazil, Brasilia and Curitiba, and as part of a national tournament between the three clubs, the São Paulo cricket team tours and receives tours from these two cities. A particular highlight for the São Paulo club is when, occasionally, they host an overseas touring team. In April this year they welcomed a team from Australia, who played against a São Paulo selection, on their South American tour. The Galah cricket club were a strong side but the local team beat the tourists quite convincingly by 95 runs with local Aussies doing the damage. Greigor Caisley smashed an unbeaten 116 and Mark Mitchell took 7 for 25 off 8 overs.

Though the national team had a fantastic trip to the South American Cup in Buenos Aires back in December last year, the Brazilian national team were disappointed to come third. In a hard fought tournament, we lost narrowly to Argentina by 2 wickets and Chile by 20 runs. Both were nail-biting finishes. Argentina were the eventual winners beating Chile in the final, with only two balls and two wickets in hand. If Brazil can add some steel to their batting, they will make a strong challenge at the 2004 tournament in Santiago. In 2006 Brazil hope to host the cup here in São Paulo.

Media coverage

Recent months have seen cricket featured on Brazilian TV, in the Jornal da Tarde and the magazine Speak Up. This rising profile has to be the first step towards meeting the International Cricket Council’s challenge: to bring native born Brazilians to the game.

Pitch Appeal

To continue this great progress São Paulo cricket is planning to purchase a portable pitch so as to be able to hold exhibition matches at schools and other locations. To raise money for the purchase of the pitch the cricketers are holding a month long raffle with great prizes from the likes of Grand Hyatt São Paulo; the All Black Irish Pub in Jardins; Ken Marshall, Australian Wine importer; Outback restaurant Shopping Eldorado, amongst others. The prizes will be drawn at a dinner/ dance to be held on Friday, the 27th of June at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. At R$10 a raffle ticket it is a terrific way to support this growing sport in Brazil, and you might even pick up a nice prize along the way.

All new players are always welcome to come along and join in for a game, or just have a look. Ability is not a prerequisite, just enthusiasm. It is a relaxing way to spend a quiet afternoon, either running around out in the middle or watching the game over a beer, tea or cucumber sandwich. The S.P.C.C. are also currently looking for both minor and major sponsors for the 2003 season and beyond, to help continue the development and to attract more Brazilians to the game.

If you’re interested in playing, watching or contributing in any way to
cricket in Brazil, just get in touch. Even if you’re spending a weekend in one of the other cities and fancy a game, there are matches in São Paulo almost every Sunday, and regular fixtures in Braslia and Curitiba. Come down to try out the old leggies, share a beer or just enjoy the unmistakable atmosphere of a game of cricket.

São Paulo Nathan Tilbury (President):
Dave Gilman (Manager):
John Milton (Secretary):
Braslia John Landers (President):
Curitiba Norman Baldwin (Development):

General enquires;

Tel; (11) 9609-7723. Fax; (11) 578-9992. Email;

By Peter O’Neill
The celebration of James Joyce and his works is highlighted on Bloomsday each year, the day on which James Joyce and Nora Barnacle first went walking in Ringsend and which he later immortalised in Ulysses, 16th June 1904. Dublin’s Bloomsday celebrations include readings, re-enactments and performances from Ulysses in various locations throughout the city. The events are spread over a few days with the highlight and focal point of the week being 16th June itself.
Traditional Dublin celebrations originated in 1954 when a small band of Dublin writers set out in horse-drawn cabs from the Tower in Sandycove with the intention of visiting all the locations of the novel. Their Odyssey met shipwreck in a series of city pubs long before its completion, but it set a pattern for future celebrations. Today wandering Joyceans go to the places where Ulysses is set, to reconstruct the events of the novel through readings, dramatizations and chance encounters.
Like their predecessors and many of the characters of Ulysses, they find much feasting and singing along the way and are likely to end up in good company. The essential items of equipment are an imaginative and joyous approach to the events of Ulysses, and a copy of the book itself. It has also become customary to dress up, usually (but not necessarily) in something approximating to 1904 costume. The Bloomsday Festival 2003 will run from 12th to 16th June. Program details are available on the James Joyce Centre web page. On Bloomsday there is no set itinerary, and many private or ‘unofficial’ activities take place in addition to the scheduled events. It is customary to roam the city, attending meals and readings, visiting pubs and places mentioned in the novel, or generally celebrating in some manner, no matter how obscure, which is appropriate to the day.
Bloomsday events are not, of course, unique to Dublin and take place in an increasing number of cities around the world.

In Brazil Bloomsday celebrations will take place in Natal-Rio Grande do Norte; Rio de Janeiro; Santa Maria – Rio Grande do Sul, and São Paulo:

São Paulo-SP (16th year)
Finnegans Pub, Rua Cristinao Vianna, 358 – Pinheiros t. 0xx11 3062-3232
From 19h00 onwards, with the launching of two publications, one, a commemorative book
on the Portuguese vocabulary used in the translation of Finnegans Wake and, Volume 6
of Finnegans Wake adapted by Donald Schuler-RS. Readings of fragments of Joyce
followed by a live show of traditional Irish music presented by Irish Dreams .

Rio de Janeiro-RJ (5th year)
– The Irish Pub, Rua Jangadeiros 14A – Praa General Osório, Ipanema. 19h00 – 21h00
t. 0xx21 2513-3044. Co-ordinated by Prof. Emerita Bernardina da Silveira Pinheiro.

– Escola Letra Freudiana (R. Barão de Jaguaribe, 231, Ipanema, tel. 2522-3877)
Readings by local actors Cristina Mayrink and Roberto Lobo from 20h30. Entry Free.

Santa Maria-RS (9th year)

Ponto do Cinema, 18h00 – 22h00 Full details
Co-ordinated by Prof. Dr. Aguinaldo Medici Severino