Falta d’ Agua

I warned people here in Brazil that climate change would bring about water shortages. This year has been the hottest and driest on record in the State of Sao Paulo and water is on ration accross much of the area, affecting millions of people. It will take months to restore levels in reservoirs and the SP aquifer may never fully recover.

 

Quase caiu fora da minha moto!!!

Before you accuse me of reckless driving!

It was a horse’s fault!

At less than 40km/hr I was getting near to my house on Saturday when I saw a horse at the roadside grazing.

Not an uncommon sight.

I was almost abreast the beast when I noticed the cord around it’s neck stretched at my chest height right across the road and tied round a fence post.

No time to do anything but duck!!!

It struck my helmet and luckily passed overhead!

I stopped at a bar a few hundred meters further on and told the guy that runs it, who grinned and spoke to the culprit’s son, who hared off in the direction of the animal before someone else got there!

Gracias a Deus!!! 

Aula de Inglese

Quite unexpectedly I became an english teacher yesterday!

It came about after I had seen a new advertising placard with a big Union Jack in my little town of Pedro de Toledo.

It was advertising english classes and purely out of curiosity I went to have a look inside. A nice young woman politely asked me how she could help and I explained that english was my first language and wondered whether anybody might be interested in conversation.

Her eyes lit up and she persuaded me towait ten minutes until the teacher had finished his class. When he came out he launched straight into english with a broad Portuguese accent, saying ‘Good afternoon, how are you?’

We went for a long chat and he explained that he was over run with work and needed help badly.

So I offered to join him last night teaching a group of school-children, as an assistant and to observe his teaching methods.

Life has a way of turning up the unexpected!

Now I am off to assist teaching a group of adults and I will let you know how it goes later on!

Tchau!!!