The Rugby South American B Championship will be held between October 10 and October 16, 2004 at the Estdio caro de Castro Mello” in the “Complexo esportivo Constncio Vaz Guimares” close to the Ibirapuera park. The stadium, which was lent to the Brazilian Rugby Union by the “Secretaria da Juventude Esporte e Lazer” headed by Mr. Lars Grael seats 14,000 people and is also used by the Brazilian Track and Field teams. The winner of this event will compete in the South American Championship, where they will have a chance to compete in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

This is the fourth edition of the competition in this format and Brazil has a very decent record; winning in 2001 & 2002 and runner-up in 2003. The games will be held on the following dates; October 10, 2004 (Colombia vs Paraguay, Brazil vs Peru), October 13,2004 (Paraguay vs Peru, Brazil vs Colombia) and October 16, 2004 (Peru vs Colombia, Brazil vs Paraguay)

The Brazilian National Team has been training for the past months under the supervision of Jonathan Lowe, and is comprised of players from all over Brazil. The event will be covered by ESPN BRASIL with possible live coverage of the Brazil vs Paraguay match on Saturday the 16 October, 2004. This would be the first live coverage in Brazil of a rugby game at this level.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game, Rugby is a fast growing international sport which developed from Football (Soccer) when in 1823 the legendary William Webb Ellis, a student of Rugby College in England, picked up the ball and began to run with it. The game then developed mainly through British private schools and universities until an organized competition was created in 1871. The game then spread to various other regions of the world, such as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and other parts of Europe (particularly France).

Rugby’s development in South America has been mainly through public schools, and also with expats of the major playing nations emigrating to this area of the world. In Brazil the game has a small but extremely loyal playing and watching public, and in recent years has started to develop quite strongly. Rugby really is a great team game, which invokes team spirit, comradery both on and off the field, and includes players of all shapes and sizes! If this sounds interesting to you, go along and watch a game to see what it is all about.

The Brazilian National Team are currently looking for Sponsors, any interested parties can contact Bernard Higgins on higgins@brasilrugby.com.br or via cell (11) 9586 4030.

For more details on the event please check the website www.brasilrugby.com.br

By Angus Ross
Some ten years ago on a flight from Braslia to São Paulo, I discovered that my neighbour was the then Indian Ambassador to Brazil. During our conversation, he mentioned how much he enjoyed the food at the new Indian restaurant Tandoor” in Paraso, São Paulo, which had opened in 1993. I was certainly not disappointed on that occasion, nor, subsequently have I ever been (though on one occasion and hardly a catastrophe, my favourite brand of whisky did run out!).

Tandoor cuisine dates back to the times of the Mughal emperors, and is a slow cooking of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables or cheese, on a spit, with a succulent sauce of yoghurt, garlic, ginger, pepper, coriander and other flavourings, in an earthenware oven. The result is a marvellously tender, flavoursome but firm dish.

The “Tandoor” is not a big restaurant, divided into various small rooms, appropriately decorated with Indian artefacts and furniture. The menu is extensive, without ‘going over the top’, and from the “shuruat” (starters), “tandoor” (where mixed grill, chicken, fish, meat, cheese and prawn dishes all feature), through the “curry murg” (chicken), “gosht” (lamb), “machli-jinga-lobster” (fish and other sea food), “sabzi” (vegetables), “biryani” (various specialities) “pillao” (rices – from R$5.90 to 7.90), there is many a dish to please any palate. A favourite of mine is “boti kabab” (R$25.75), boneless lamb marinated in yoghurt and spices, and cooked tenderly in the tandoor oven, as also is “jhinga tandoori” (R$33.75) – prawns, and also delicious. And the “tandoori mixed grill” (R$35.75), and the …

Indian bread (“rotivan” for only R2.80) is recommended, and there is a good selection on offer. Start with a “naan” or with a “paratha”, but take care, the portions are reasonably generous, and it is easy to enjoy too much bread with the tasty ‘couvert’ (chutneys and other ‘dips’). There must be a good reason, but I continue to be disappointed that I have never found a “puppodum” (that thin, crispy, crunchy golden, sometimes spiced, delicacy) in Brazil; not just a joy for its flavour, but also the pleasure of crunching it up over a good curry.

“Tandoor” is open for dinner every night of the week from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m., and for lunch from 12:00 until 15:00 p.m. But, note that the restaurant is closed for lunch on Mondays.

Cost: R$40 per head
Address: Rua Doutor Rafael de Barros, 408
Phone: (11) 3885 9470
Parking: street or at number 487
Delivery: Yes for local customer
Website: www.tandoor.com.br

By Ed Walker
The wine producing nations of South America are making great strides in improving the quality of their product. In the first part of this series we will look at the wines of Argentina. In subsequent weeks we will look at the contribution of Chile, Uruguay and even Brazil.

Vines were first introduced to Argentina by Spanish missionaries in the sixteenth century – legend has it that the first vintage was in 1551. Most people would be surprised to know that Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world.

Eyeing up the export potential of wines on the foreign market, and faced with a drop in consumption by the home market due to the recent economic downturn, Argentinean winemakers have been keen to increase their exports. They have some problem however, despite a winemaking history of over 400 years a lot of Argentinean wine isn’t very good! Much of it is still made with Criolla, an undistinguished grape introduced by the Spanish. The pulling up of perhaps a third of the vineyards in existence, followed by some selective replanting of quality varieties was the first step towards the production of quality wine. Argentina also suffers in comparison with Chile, its neighbor across the Andes mountains. Chile positioned itself much earlier with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, much better known varietals than Argentina’s top two, Malbec and Torronts. However this is changing.

Mendoza is situated in the west of the country and accounts for roughly three-quarters of all the vine plantings in Argentina. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, the vineyards extend to 1,400 meters above sea level, giving Mendoza a remarkably diverse microclimate. In addition Mendoza soaks up 350 days of sunshine a year and the soil is generously irrigated by melting Andean snow.

Malbec is without doubt Argentina’s signature wine. From its humble roots as a blending grape in France’s Bordeaux appellation, Malbec has blossomed in Mendoza like nowhere else on earth. In Bordeaux, winemakers utilized Malbec’s dark color and strong structure to beef up” thin and/or light colored claret. If someone’s Merlot or Cabernet sauvignon crop didn’t fare well, blending it with a decent percentage of Malbec was a way of realizing a good-looking and good-tasting final product. In Mendoza, Malbec has reached new heights, making red wines worthy of bottling as varietals (without other grapes).

Malbec tends towards a dark, juicy, peppery, spicy, and meaty wine, a great match for Argentina’s wonderful grass-fed beef. Malbec and Argentina can be used in the same breath much the same as Pinot Noir/Burgundy and Shiraz/Australia. If you’ve not had an Argentine wine, especially one of its Malbecs, do so soon.

Chardonnay from Argentina can also be impressive with the only white grape of note Torronts. Although the evidence is inconclusive, the Torronts grape is believed to be Spanish in origin. Further, in its Andean isolation, this grape has evolved into genuine individuality. Light to medium in body, its flavors can run from fresh floral-and-citrus qualities to more exotic notes such as white peach or apricot. With good winemaking this variety can produce fresh and aromatic wines similar to that of Muscat.

Argentina has cultivated Cabernet sauvignon for a long time and the end results can be good, achieving the same deep color and soft tannins found in Malbec. It currently ranks as the second-best type of wine coming from this country. The future of wine in Argentina is said to be new plantings of Syrah, a hearty red grape which is being compared with Shiraz varietals from Australia.

With prices depressed, quality rising, this might be the best time ever to discover Argentinean wines. Check out the Argentinean wine section of your supermarket and please let other www.gringoes.com readers what you think the best wines are by sending comments and recommendations to gringoes@www.gringoes.com

By David Feehan
It is hard work living in a Quentin Tarantino (Director: Pulp Fiction) movie. For starters, you can never be sure what time or day it is, because time is never linear, and flashbacks, unheralded segue ways to sequences from the past and spontaneous re-enactments are the norm. Then you have to deal with the fact that nearly everyone you meet is likely to kill you – it might be an unintentional bullet to the face in the backseat of car, or perhaps a creative attempt to make you hemorrhage to death through a hole where your ear used to be, or it could be a bludgeoning at the hands of mace wielding Japanese schoolgirl. But most challenging of all, you have to get ready to talk – really talk. And not about the big issues of life, death and love – no, you will be focusing upon the song lyrics of Madonna, the variances in international McDonald’s menus, and swine hygiene.

And so it is in Kill Bill Volume 2, Tarantino’s fifth and perhaps most disappointing film. In this imaginatively titled sequel to his effort of 2003, Kill Bill Volume 1, the characters find themselves in a world of a non-linear narrative that feels suspiciously like a pastiche of twelve other films you have already seen. They wander around this world-inside-a-genre trying to kill each other whilst avoiding being killed, and in between slayings, muse over the most mundane of topics.

Uma Thurman (Batman & Robin) reprises her role of the bride”, and is ever vengeful and stylish, a glowing advertisement for botox to the over thirties. Thurman is finally given an opportunity to show a little more dramatic range than her two emotions of Kill Bill Volume 1 (pissed off and really pissed off) and hints at what could have been if her character’s primary mode of expression was not a martial art. The most rewarding moments of the film come when she is on screen with David Carradine (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues), who has jumped on the Tarrantino-Train like John Travlota and Pam Griers before him, in the hope of reviving a long forgotten film career. Carradine is at various times compelling and then tiresome in what is an uneven effort.

Tarrantino regular, Michael Marsden (Reservoir Dogs), gives his regular Tarrantino performance, Samuel L Jackson (Jungle Fever) proves the only good work he can do is when under the guiding hand of Quentin, but all cast make way for Daryl Hannah (Splash) to steal the show in a deliciously wicked cameo as the remorseless Elle Driver. The scene of Hannah walking a hospital corridor to an elevated musical score is perhaps the film’s most satisfying.

With a reduced body count and a heavy emphasis on exposition, the film contrasts starkly to it’s predecessor. Nearly two hours long and heavily episodic, it is a mostly enjoyable ride and there will inevitably be something for everyone. Perhaps when we are asked to hand over more of our hard earned cash for the Director’s Edition DVD we will be able to see a 90 minute cut of the two films together and wonder why they bothered to make us sit through over four hours in two sittings of the same story being told in the cinema. Three stars

Running time 136 minutes, R18 (for violence, language and drug use). Check our cinema listings here for details of screenings at a cinema near you.

South Korea’s Damiano Pak is spending 12 months in Brazil learning the language and getting to know Brazilian culture. He has had the chance to travel and lists Bonito as his favourite destination. He has been struck by the friendliness of Brazilian people and the diversity of culture but is yet to be convinced of the delights of a good feijoada.

Where are you from?
Seoul, South Korea

What brought you to Brazil?
I arrived in Brazil on 2 April, 2004 and will stay for 1 year. I work for Samsung as an Engineer and the company is considering opening an office here in Brazil.

What do you do here?
I am learning to speak Portuguese and also learning about Brazilian Culture. I have taken the opportunity to travel around Brazil, visiting Rio de Janerio, Fortaleza, Minas Gerais, Brasilia and Bonito.

What do you miss about Korea?
I miss my family and friends. My first child, Philip was born just a few weeks ago and I haven’t seen him yet, although I return to South Korea next week for a holiday. I also miss Korean films, which I love and don’t see over here.

What do you most like about Brazil?
I love the diversity of culture and hospitality of the Brazilian people. Each region has a totally different culture that is fascinating and interesting for me. The Brazilian people are always kind to others.

What is your favorite restaurant in Brazil?
Restaurant Mio in the Rio de Janeiro. It is a seafood buffet, a little expensive (R$100) but very good and they have lobster!

Have you tried Brazilian food and drink such as feijoada, churrasco and caipirinha? Did you like them?
Yes I have tried them! I didn’t like feijoada much because I don’t like the food with beans and caipirinha is a little strong for me. I do love visiting churrascarias with Jardinera Grill my favourite place in São Paulo.

What difference between Korea and Brazil do you find most striking?
Things take a little longer here in Brazil, particularly when obtaining documentation. For example, when the government issued my RNE and CPF it seemed to take forever. I also need to have a little patience when I am buying something from a store. I understand that things work faster in Korea as everyone has busy lives.

What are 2 things you would recommend to do for a visitor to São Paulo?
I am still discovering the city and don’t know all the good places yet. I would recommend a visit to a churrascaria such as Fogo de Chao and Park Ibirapuera, which can be very lively on weekends.

Outside of São Paulo, I loved Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul. It is a great place to enjoy adventure sports such as rafting, climbing and abseiling.

Are you are foreigner living in Brazil? Are you interested in telling your story? If you would like to volunteer, or if you would like to recommend someone, please send an email with contact details and a brief description of yourself to gringoes@www.gringoes.com

São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are set to welcome the legendary Jamaican band The Wailers. The band formed in 1963, consisted of reggae stars Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer who consistently put out brilliant and groundbreaking music. In 1973 they split up as Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer branched out into their own successful solo careers. Bob Marley who continued with The Wailers, released some of his most successful albums over the next 7 years, including; Live! (released in 1975 with songs No Woman No Cry, I Shot the Sheriff), Exodus (released 1977 with songs Jamming, One Love) and Uprising (released 1980 with songs Could You Be Loved, Redemption Song).

Unfortunately in 1980, while jogging in New York’s Central Park Bob Marley collapsed, and was diagnosed with cancer which had spread to his brain, lungs and liver. Uprising was the final album released in Marley’s lifetime, he died May 11, 1981 at the age of just 36.

Since the death of Bob Marley, The Wailers have sporadically toured the world, enabling the music to continue to live on around the globe. The music still appeals to all walks of life and all ages. Throughout the years The Wailers lineup has changed as members shuffled in and out or moved on to other endeavors. However Gary Pine (vocal), Tyrone Downie (keyboards), Junior Marvin (guitar), Earl Wire” Lindo (guitar), Vin Gordon (trombone) and Glen DaCosta (saxophone) have remained members of The Wailers throughout their careers.

The band has a repertoire that includes classics such as; Buffalo Soldier, Rock the Boat, Vibration, Wake Up and Live, Is this Love and Get Up, Stand Up. As a testament to their success throughout the past four decades they have sold an amazing 250 million records.

The Wailers play in São Paulo on 9 October at Credicard Hall and in Rio de Janerio on 8 October at Claro Hall, tickets are $45 to R$120 and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.com.br

The British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Britcham), São Paulo Branch, has the pleasure to invite members and guests to Cocktails and Lunch on Wednesday 6 October, 2004 with Mr Stephen Green, Group Chief Executive of HSBC Holdings plc.

Stephen was born in England on 7 November 1948. He was educated at Oxford University and received a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr Green is married and has two daughters. He began his career with the British Government’s Ministry of Overseas Development. In 1977 he joined McKinsey & Co Inc, management consultants, with whom he undertook assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Stephen joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in 1982 with responsibility for corporate planning activities. Since 1985 he has been in charge of the development of the bank’s global treasury operations. In 1992 he became Group Treasurer of HSBC Holdings plc, with responsibility for the HSBC Group’s treasury and capital markets businesses globally. He was made a Director of HSBC Bank plc (formerly Midland Bank) in 1995.

In March 1998 Stephen Green was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc as Executive Director, Investment Banking and Markets responsible for the Investment Banking, Private Banking and Asset Management activities of the Group. He assumed additional responsibility for the Group’s corporate banking business in May 2002.

Stephen will deliver a speech titled HSBC in Brazil and opportunities for investment in the Brazilian economy compared to China.

The event will commence with cocktails at 11:45 and lunch at 12:30 at the Brazilian British Centre Restaurant, Rua Ferreira de Arajo, 741 – 4 andar – Pinheiros – SP. For more information and to participate please contact Andra, Felipe or Marcia, Tel: (11) 3819-0265, Fax: (11) 3819-7908, E-mail: eventossp@britcham.com.br or check the website www.britcham.com.br

Mercosur – comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and the European Union are currently involved in trade negotiations in Brussels. The two trade blocs are trying to agree on a far-reaching free-trade accord by 31 October, 2004 but negotiations have been bogged down on disagreements over import quotas by the EU for South American agricultural products and demands by the Europeans for greater access to the Mercosur nations’ financial services and telecommunications markets.

In a development which is hoped to break the deadlock, Mercosur has made a new offer, with negotiators now willing to eliminate tariffs for more than 90 percent of imported European goods. Brazil’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement released 25 September called the offer an important advance in the negotiating process.”

The foreign ministry said the offer addresses European concerns about access to the financial services and telecommunications sectors while giving European business preferential treatment for government contract business with the four South American nations. In return, Brazil wants EU negotiators to come up with new proposals to open up Europe to expanded imports of South American agricultural products.

The announcement came two weeks after Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy held talks in the Brasilia, the capital, to get the talks moving after months of stalemate.

“We received an offer from the Mercosur on Saturday,” said spokeswoman Arancha Gonzalez, adding that the EU was analyzing it with a view to replying with the bloc’s own offer on Wednesday. “It’s a good signal of the Mercosur commitment to this negotiation and as such we welcome that.”

The EU’s offer will “match the level of ambition … in the Mercosur offer”, she said. She added that once the two sides had exchanged offers they would decide if they would try to meet an October 31 target to strike a deal “or whether we think that the negotiations are still not ripe, in which case we will continue beyond the 31st of October”. She added: “This is something that we would like to very closely discuss with our member states before taking a final decision.”

Annual trade between the EU and Mercosur stands at about US$46 billion a year, most of it in agricultural goods.

For more of the latest business news in Brazil check the www.gringoes.com business page (see tab at the top of the page) which is updated daily with the latest developments.

The 35th Chapel Artshow will be opening to the public with a Vernissage on September 28 at 7:30 pm and will run until October 2, 2004. Throughout the four day exhibition, lectures, tours and workshops will be held for students and visiting schools. More than 150 artists will be participating in this year’s art show and is the custom; new talents will be highlighted.

The artist of honor will be the renowned Wesley Duke Lee who was born in São Paulo, 1931. Brief Bio: He commencing his training at the Museum of Art of São Paulo in 1951 before moving to Parson’s School of Design, New York. He returned to Brazil in 1957, and after a brief career in advertising he became the pupil of the painter Karl Plattner, over the next few years he studied and worked in São Paulo, Paris Italy and Austria up to 1960.

Upon returning to Brazil in 1960, he became an established artist with a rebellious and irreverent style. In 1963, he began working with the young artists Frederico Nasser, Luiz Pablo Baravelli, Jose Resende and Carlos Fajardo. H also lead the creation of the magical realism in the Sebastião João Bar. In 1966, with Nelson Leirner, Geraldo de Barros, Jose Resende, Carlos Fajardo and Frederico Nasser, he establishes the Rex Gallery, which was a vehicle to experiment and launch new ideas. Wesley Duke Lee was one of the pioneers in Brazil in the introduction of the space, time and technology in art. His workmanship was constructed by means of related and varied techniques, utilizing different materials such as oil, acrylic and computer graphics.

The Chapel Artshow is a philanthropic event that is held annually at Chapel School. It is one of the largest exhibitions of Brazilian Contemporary art in São Paulo. A percentage of all sales will go to 13 charitable organizations sponsored by the Chapel Parish.

For further information please contact the website: www.chapelartshow.com.br

By Ed Walker
The Bourne Supremacy picks up where The Bourne Identity left off. As The Bourne Supremacy opens, Bourne (Matt Damon) has gone as far away as he can go, dropping out with Marie (Franka Potente), the woman he met in the first adventure, still haunted by nightmares of a violent past two years later. They’re living on the beach in Goa, in southern India, making the best of their idilic lives until Bourne spots a stranger who is wearing the wrong clothes, driving the wrong car and turning up in all the wrong places. It is here that things start to take a turn for the worst.

He is framed for murder and targeted by a rival assassin who makes one mistake – he lets Bourne survive. Bourne takes the fight back to the CIA in a globe-hopping hunt that pits him against the sharp, incorruptible agent Landy (Joan Allen) and Bourne’s old nemesis, the secretive Abbott (Brian Cox), who is determined to see Bourne dead. Bourne is trying to survive the shadowy forces against him by using his awesome skills in spycraft, the martial arts, and running really fast.

The movie is assembled from standard thriller ingredients, and hurtles from one action sequence to another in India and Europe, with cuts to parallel action in Washington and New York. What distinguishes it is Bourne’s inventiveness. The movie skillfully delivers a series of fights, stalkings, plottings and chases. Jason Bourne obtained an identity in The Bourne Identity (2002), and the title of The Bourne Supremacy hints that he is not going to die – not with The Bourne Ultimatum still to go.

Matt Damon is an unlikely star. A blandly handsome young leading man, his pleasant screen personality lacks any electricity and his underacting style leaves many of his characters empty vessels. In other words, he’s perfect as Jason Bourne, a tormented hero with a killer inside him who simply wants a normal life. When danger rears its lethal head, survival instincts and assassin reflexes take over and the easygoing guy disappears and a coldly ruthless CIA superagent takes his place. He puts his head down and marches relentlessly ahead into the lairs of his enemies, not even bothering with disguises.

British director Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) is an unusual and ultimately inspired choice to helm the action-movie blockbuster. His style is closer to The French Connection than to the unreal spectacles of modern special-effects thrillers and his overdrive pacing never misses a beat. Shooting almost exclusively with a handheld camera that peers into every scene like a fascinated eavesdropper and picks up every telling detail, he directs it all up close and intimate. Whether it’s a conversation, an armed standoff or a car chase, he brings immediacy to every scene. You can almost feel every blow that Bourne endures.

The Bourne Supremacy delivers the expected adrenaline-driven thrills with a fresh eye and a refreshing attitude, and Greengrass grounds it in a journey of self-discovery and redemption that, for all of its pulp origins, actually works.

Running time 108 minutes, PG13(for violence, intense action and brief language). Check our cinema listings here for details of screenings at a cinema near you.