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Big Bang! Fact or Fiction?


A big bang

No, I am not talking about the creation of the universe, nor in fact, a compromise with an overweight call girl. although there was a lot of banging last night.

Last night was New Year.

As I predicted, I spent the latter part of the evening, after my TV soap, at the botequim. There were still a few hangers-on. There was a TV show, Show da Verada (verada = turning) featuring famous Brazilian artists, none of whom I consider any good, singing worn out songs that were played ad nauseum during the year. I sat at a table on the praça opposite the botequim and watched the toings & froings of the neighbourhood while I delighted in my two cans of black sludge (Murphy’s Irish Stout). Various hands were shaken, or wrung dry (depending on the state of play), backs were slapped and Feliz ano novos declared. Many big bangs from the surrounding area as people couldn’t wait for midnight.


The first salvo – image O Globo

I didn’t open my bottle of Italian bubbly because there was no one, in the end, to share it with at midnight. Reimundo closed the bar about 11:30 and was off to his daughter’s for the verada, I went home and at midnight watched the Globo show and the firework shows around Brazil, principally Copacabana. 24 tonnes of fireworks from 11 barges anchored off the beach lit the sky for a solid 16 minutes to entertain 2.3 million people gathered on the beach. All the while there were plenty of local fireworks rending the air asunder above and around me.

The TV show finished, click, off, cold shower and bed.

I awoke this morning thinking, I should feel refreshed, clean, ready to take on the world; it’s a pity the dishes didn’t have the same thought, they are still there waiting to be refreshed and clean. The world doesn’t always work as we would have it.

I made coffee, and I sit here at the keyboard… Nothing has changed.

Big Bang

Big Bang

Not quite that big!

This was fact not theory.

Last night on the way home from work; not that there was any work, I got there and both students decided not to have class, so I turned right around and got the van home.

As I was saying; last night on the way home from non-work, my boss Denis got on the van at the next stop (wait, wait… that’s not the exciting bit). After a detour through a nearby suburb because of road works and traffic we hit the main highway again, Cachamorra and more works. Strange smell, I mentioned that there was the strong smell of gas, there was, it was overpowering. So much so that I asked Denis if he had farted. He looked hurt, the van was crowded. But there was, a very strong smell of domestic gas, as opposed to gastric.

The incident passed and I got home okay. Only to be told by a neighbour that not long after we had passed there was a huge gas explosion and it had totally disrupted rush hour traffic.

You never know how close you can be.

Everything is happening today. Pay day, CTWW (posted), day off, supermarket day, pay bills day so it’s going to be full on. All this takes a whole day, mainly because of the 45km (30 mile) trip to Barra and then back again. But I will console myself with a leisurely sushi lunch while there, so all is not lost.

I am leaving a little later today, because I am waiting for a phone call to verify if one of the other teachers is going in by car and thereby avoiding a bus ride.

So I should go and have a shower and put on some smellies.


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