Daily Archives: December 9, 2012

Toys Toys Toys by Rosaliene Bacchus

Rosaliene Bacchus, a Guyanese, lived and worked in Brazil for aq number of years. Here is another of her personal experiences while living there. Thanks Rosaliene!

Three Worlds One Vision

Feira Brasileira de Brinquedos - Sao Paulo - April 2011

ABRIN 2012: Feira Brasileira de Brinquedos – Brazilian Toy Fair

São Paulo – Brazil – April 2012

Source: http://www.abrin.com.br

 

Before I started earning a decent living wage in Brazil, I could only afford the luxury of buying brinquedos for my sons on special dates: birthdays, Dia das Crianças (Children’s Day, October 12), and Christmas Day. It was often difficult to buy that special toy they coveted. After former President Collor de Mello (March 1990 to December 1992) opened Brazil to imports in 1990, cheaper toys from China – eye-catching and novel – filled stores downtown and at street vendors.

By 1995, the influx of toys from China had crippled Brazil’s toy industry, forcing the government to file an antidumping investigation against China with the World Trade Organization. To provide a level playing field for local manufacturers, the government raised the import tax on toy imports and imposed Brazilian quality…

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Tamandua – a true anteater

Tamandua – a true anteater

Stabroek News – December 9, 2012

ant-eaterThe Southern Tamandua or Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) is classified as a “true anteater”; other true anteaters in Guyana include the Giant Anteater and Silky Anteater, both of which have been featured in this column previously.

To be a true anteater is to have no teeth, only a long, tube-like snout with a long tongue. This nose and tongue is used to reach into inaccessible crevices to trap insects with its sticky saliva. True anteaters have small eyes and ears and powerful hooked front paws that are used to rip apart ant and termite nests.           [Read more]

Christmas songs – playlists for your Christmas party – 5 hours

Christmas songs – playlists for your Christmas party – over 5 hours of music

Playlist #1 – 72 minutes

Playlist #2  – 63 minutes

Playlist #3 – 198 minutes – Medley of Christmas Songs

Nat King Cole – 100 music videos – autoplay

Nat King Cole – 100 music videos – autoplay

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was a musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death. [ Wikipedia – read more]

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