The Itau Cultural Center offers a free Cyberspace to the public on Paulista avenue, aimed at stimulating social interaction. The space offers attractions, such as a cafeteria, round tables with a sound tube- sound system, with earphones for individual listening. In addition, the space is complete with very cool isle- sofas, sitting several people, where you can watch on a moving picture screen various programs, selected from a DVD and CD jukebox. Furthermore, the cyberspace offers the public 30 minutes free Internet access per day.

Where: Ita Cultural, Av. Paulista, 149 – São Paulo. Tel: 3268 1777 or 3268 1776 Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10h00 to 21h00. Closed on Mondays.

Bastille Day Party

On Saturday, July 14, the French community in São Paulo will celebrate Bastille Day with a street festival. The festival will take place between 14h and 22h, on the Rua Princesa Isabel and Joaquim Nabuco, in Brooklin, and will be attended by French consulate representative Jean Marc Laforet. Those attending will get the opportunity to dance some old time waltzs as well as witness a performance of the famous Can Can directed by choreographer Lcia Vieira. The event will have lots of French cuisine as well as a marvellous range of wines, all for a reasonable price. All revenue will be donated to charity.
Where: Rua Princesa Isabel, Rua Joaquim Nabuco and in Brooklin, Zona Sul
When: July 14 between 14h and 22h,
Tickets:Admission Free (you can bring some old warm clothes to donate to charity)

Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July is one of the biggest celebrated holidays in the U.S. every year as Americans commemorate their independence from the English back in 1776. In Brazil you will get the chance to celebrate at the American Society&rsquot;s annual Independence Day party. The event is free for Amsoc members, while there is a small charge for non-members. For full information call the AmSoc office at 51822074.

When Saturday, July 6
Tickets For non-members, R$25 for adults over 18, R$15 for children ages 11 to 17, free to children under 10.

World Cup Fever

The much-awaited showdown between England and Brazil will take place during the wee hours (3.30am) of Friday morning. Judging by England’s stellar performance so far and Brazil’s host of stars, it should be a tough fought match which many, including Pel, believe will produce the 2002 World Cup champions. Given the hour, most Brazilians will get together in each other’s homes to watch the match while most bars, restaurants and hotels will also be showing it. A popular hang out for the English fans is O’Malleys pub on Itu, which boasts a large screen and six TVs spread throughout the bar, or All Black on Oscar Freire. It could also be a chance to see yourself on local TV, as the Globo channel has been visiting these pubs recently to get pre-match and half time vibes from the fans.

No Going Back

Are you changing your life to pursue your dreams? Moving to Brazil planning never to return? No Going Back is a highly successful television programme on one of the major terrestrial TV channels in Britain that offers a unique insight into the lives of British people who have downed tools, upped sticks and started a new life abroad. In series one, each programme told a different story of people transforming their lives to follow their dreams. Be it running an idyllic fishing lake in France, or growing their own grapes, olives and almonds in rural Spain, to setting up a safari lodge in Zambia, or buying an exotic Island in Nicaragua.
We are now looking for new life changing stories for the second series and are looking for people who are about to or are in the process of moving to Brazil in order to set up a new business and pursue their dream of creating a new life abroad. If you match this profile please contact Candy Trigg at Ricochet South on 00 44 1273 201345 or e-mail

World Cup Footage

The BBC is looking for people to contribute to a documentary celebrating World Cups, past and present, from the supporters&rsquot; point of view.
The makers of The People&rsquot;s World Cup want to get in contact with any English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish fans who lived in the host country when the World Cup came to town and made a home movie of their experience. The programme makers are interested in the stories behind the stadia. Perhaps you travelled to a previous World Cup to support your team? Did you hitch to Argentina in 1978? Did you make a home movie of the 1966 tournament? Anything.
The programme wants to capture the drama and excitement of the world&rsquot;s biggest festival from the point of view of the most important participants: the fans. By using home movie footage it will build a unique picture of the event itself and the passion of all the home nation&rsquot;s supporters.
People with footage should contact the BBC on freephone 0800 0150364 (if calling from outside the UK please telephone 00 44 208 752 6021), or e-mail or write to The People&rsquot;s World Cup, Room 5410, BBC White City, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS.

How Football came to Brasil

Brazil is well known for its Carnival, its beautiful women and football. Whereas the first two are embedded in early historical and cultural roots the third is much more recent dating back to the end of the last century.
It is a tale of true sportsmanship and ideals of adventure and of course good fortune … and starts with an expatriate named Miller who worked on the railway construction project in São Paulo together with some 3000 other immigrant families from the British Isles in the last decades of the 19th century. At that time the population of São Paulo City was 300,000. This was the golden age of industrial development. Today São Paulo is the third largest in the world with over 10 million inhabitants.
Back to Mr. Miller who decided to send his young boy Charlie to England for a good all-round education. Charlie aged 10 soon after duly arrived at a school in Southampton called Bannisters in 1884. This was the beginning of a soccer apprenticeship by Brazil&rsquot;s first player. Charles was a natural who quickly picked up the arts of this popular college game in England.
The football association was being formed at the time. Eton, Rugby, Charterhouse and other colleges all had developed their own rules to the game. Indeed Rugby refused to drop the ball handling and went on to devise their own separate game.
The game was also played in different styles about the country. In the south where the ground was hard and dry a dribbling game developed in which a quicker football was played with less passes. This was contrary to the passing game more popular up north where it was practised on muddy fields at a slower pace.
Young Miller therefore became skilled at the dribble, swerve, feign, use of rapid speed as well as in taking freekicks and heading. As an accomplished winger and striker he held school honours that were to gain him entry first into the Southampton Club team and then into the County team of Hampshire.
In 1892 a couple of years before his return to Brazil, Charlie was invited to play a game for the Corinthian Football Club a team formed of players invited from public schools and universities. This Club played football using the Greek Olimpian spirits of true sportmanship in the purest form. If a penalty was conceded by the team the goal keeper would not try to defend it. They were a team of ambassadors to the game that toured around the world and remain up until today where they play still under the Corinthian Casuals name, as amateurs.
On his return Charles brought some football equipment and a rules book with him. He then went on to develop the new rules of the game amongst the comunity in São Paulo.
In 1888 six years before his return the first sorts club (picture right) was founded in the City. SPAC, São Paulo Athletic Club. (Today SPAC Club is the location for the meetings of the Round Table No. 1 São Paulo on each third Tuesday night).
So it was then that the first clubs were formed in São Paulo. At the turn of the century. SPAC won the first three years championships. Miller&rsquot;s skils were far and above his colleagues at this stage. He was infact given the honour of contributing his name to a move involving a deft flick of the ball with the heel Chaleiro” which today is still a marvel to see as practised by the skillful ball players of the local and national teams. Indeed the skills of such players as Rivelino, Socrates and the greatest of them all Pele, owe no small debt to the exploits of this poneer in São Paulo of modern day football and particularly the skilful dribbling game.
This story has many other historical curiosities amongst which one was the bond that Charles Miller kept with English football throughout his life. Teams from Southampton and Corinthians Club came over to Brazil and played against SPAC and other teams in São Paulo. One on occasion in 1910 a new local team was about to be formed after a tour of the Corintians team to Brazil and Charles was asked to suggest a name for the team. He replied why not call yourselves after Corintians and so it was that one of the most popular clubs in Brazil got its name. A team that today is Brazilian Champion (1998) and boasts great names amongst its past and present players.
A final anecdote to relate concerns the year 1988 when SPAC Club celebrated its centenary and the English Corintians Team came across again to play them at Morumbi Stadium. The end of the tour was a classic against the local professional Corintians paulista team with Socrates and Rivelino amongst its players. This game was played at Paecambu Stadium in São Paulo and true to Corinthian principles of good clean football the score was 1 to 0 in favor of the locals when as agreed Socrates changed shirts to play alongside the English amateurs. This did not affect the score unfortunately although a largely packed stadium was cheering on for a drawn result.

Thanks to the pioneers and all the Clubs responsible for this achievement.
Adapted by Tony McCarthy from the book “Charles William Miller 1894 – 1994 Centenary Memoriam SPAC” by John R. Mills

World Cup

Brazil,the FIFA World Cup record-breakers, the only team to have played in all previous tournaments and the only one to have lifted the coveted trophy four times, is hoping to make it five this year. Despite leaving out Romario, Brazil&rsquot;s coach Felipe Scolari has a core of experienced players capable of fighting for glory in Korea/Japan 2002, including Emerson (AS Roma), Roque Jnior (AC Milan), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid); Rivaldo (FC Barcelona), Ronaldo (FC Internazionale Milan) and Denilson (Real Betis).
Brazil is in group C, considered one of the easiest, with Turkey, China and Costa Rica. Games are as follows:

June 3 at 6am (Brazil time) Brazil x Turkey
June 8 at 8.30am (Brazil time) Brazil x China
June 13 at 3.30am (Brazil time) Brazil x Costa Rica

— FIFA World CupT winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, runners-up 1950, 1998
— Copa America winners 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999
— Runners-up in the Olympic Football tournament in 1976 and 1988
— Winners of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1983, 1985 and 1993
— Winners of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1997 and 1999.

Day Trip to Jarinu

How about a fun, relaxing day meeting new friends and speaking English. Join our one day trip Jarinu, just 70km from São Paulo, where you can breath the fresh air, go rock climbing, fishing, visit horse stables and much more. The small group will be made up of foreigners and Brazilians. To book a place, send an e-mail to

Leaving: Sun. July 14 at 7:30am from Ana Rosa metro station – R. Domingos de Morais, 660
Arriving: Sun. July 14 at about 9:00pm
Cost: R$ 95 (includes transportation, all meals, use of hotel facilities like pool, beach soccer, beach volley, soccer courts, lake, visiting the stables, and organized activities)

Bienal Book Exhibition

The 17th Bienal Book Exhibition began last week in São Paulo and will run until this Sunday, May 5, at the Centro de Exposies Imigrantes. The exhibition&rsquot;s main goal is to promote reading among children and young people and to launch new authors. The Brazilian government spends around R$10 million a year on books which it distributes free to school children. This year&rsquot;s special guest is French philosopher Jean Baudrillard.

Where: Centro de Exposies Imigrantes, Km 1,5 da Rodovia dos Imigrantes. Tel.: 5067-1646 or 5067-1647
When: Apr. 25 to May 5 from 10am to 10pm
Tickets: Adults: R$6 Students: R$3