• Obviously The Economist article was written in English using an informal phrasal verb but I don’t know if the Brazilian press did a disservice (and created more polemic) by freely translating the capa to appear more critical than intended.I’m no expert translator but I would have gone with “O Brasil Desperdi√ɬßou a Oportunidade?” rather than “Est…[Read more]

  • Santa Caterina. Brazil is a big place and differernt states have different voltage.man of leisure2013-10-06 18:05:41

  • Maybe you are living in the North, where the power generally comes in at 220V? Or have a dual voltage set-up in a very modern ape in the South?

  • A 2Kva transformer costs about 75 reais and sits on my kitchen counter. This is good for any and all small domestic appliances that I have brought from the UK which I use in the kitchen. Have you actually seen the quality of Brazilian kitchenware? There ain’t no John Lewis here!man of leisure2013-10-06 14:42:06

  • I brought my russell hobbs from the UK. It is a classic design and exactly the same as the one my mum had 40 years ago.

  • The electric kettle is the most common (highest volume of sales) and cheapest domestic appliance in the UK. 99% of households have a kettle. Here in Brazil it must be something less than 10% and is viewed a a luxury item with a price tag to match.

  • Hot water in Brazil is limited to showers (often using alarmingly dangerous electric contraptions that stand in lieu of a normal shower head). Even in very modern apartments, it’s not common to have a hot water tap in the kitchen sink or bathroom. The detergent to for washing dishes is like piss due to the fact you need to use a whole bottle to…[Read more]

  • They exist but a hot water setting on a washing machine here is called morna, which is tepid by your standards. Even then, it takes forever to get to that temperature and consumes a huge amount of elecky.If you have a hot water tap close to the machine you can run a hose from that (buy the clear plastic hose by the meter that is very rigid and…[Read more]

  • Okay, let me rephrase it! Brazilians find Brazilian products poor quality and expensive. Problem now is that the cost of buying better quality imported counterparts has just jumped. Luckily for me, my revenue is in Sterling rather than Reais so the bags from the UK with Marks and Spencer kids (that don’t fall apart after one wash) clothes are…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=carloseduardo]Brazil produces everything I need, and the quality is usually acceptable for the price.[/QUOTE] I could not disagree more with this. I find Brazilian products poor quality and expensive. You must be living like a monk if you are satisfied with your lot in face of what the rest of the world can produce better and cheaper. I…[Read more]

  • Well, usually I have noticed that after a good dialogue has been established, the hyperlinks begin to emerge from other new members who add suggestions to the discussion. Of course, the other new member is the same person as the person who started the thread in the first place. I don’t know who this guy is or what he wants but he joined several…[Read more]

  • This is spam. The same post appears on at least five (that I have seen today) immigration forums where he is also asking about moving to the UK, USA, Canada. Assuming (and why not in the absence of other details) that he is penniless and without special skills in Vietnam, it’s all a waste of time.man of leisure2013-04-10 13:29:57

  • My wife’s friends complain that their Brazilian men can’t do practical tasks. Changing a tyre on a car or fitting a plug on a domestic appliance, for example.

  • That is a very low salary but that is what teachers are paid in Brazil. Problem is that teachers in Brazil live in cheap (less desirable) neighbourhoods and travel long hours to get to work. They have lived all their lives on that money and in those conditions. You, a gringo, may have fancier tastes and I can’t see how you could have a reasonable…[Read more]

  • If you don’t want free opinions then don’t post on an open access forum where it’s permitted to give free opinions. Your post clearly said that “Now she’s worried that he may use that fact to gain entry to UK”. That is absolutely irrelevant to his marriage. What event are you trying to resolve; annul the marriage or prevent access to the UK. They…[Read more]

  • Whether they are legally married or not will not remove the fact that he is the father of a child resident in the UK, if that is the extent of your concern. With regard to him using that fact to effect access and residence in the UK, it would require the mother or the UK courts to have granted access rights to the child. And without the mother’s…[Read more]

  • [QUOTE=frank4000] Hi Guys,Can you tell me what is the law regarding a women taking her husbands last name when they get married?[/QUOTE] Last name or last cent?

  • Wellington replied to the topic Proxy marriage in the forum Hello! 9 years, 3 months ago

    Why don’t you simply marry in the UK?

  • Wellington replied to the topic Proxy marriage in the forum Hello! 9 years, 3 months ago

    [QUOTE=Piriquita]We are planning to go for a proxy marriage so when he arrives in January, we can apply for my perm. Visa straight away…[/QUOTE] Don’t you mean when youarrive in January?

  • …and then there is the schedule to think about. Brazilians think nothing of 9 – 12 months for domestic renovations . If it’s a small business, they will provide two guys for six months rather than 4 guys for 3 months. You may find that you are choking on dust for a very long time. A complete renovation of my neighbour’s apartment (smaller than…[Read more]

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