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



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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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/09/2012 at 6:53 pm

    Cyril, thanks for reading and sharing my article. Much appreciated.

  • Nehru Sheow  On 12/09/2012 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Rosaliene, where in Guyana were you born?
    My sister and brother are all Bacchus and I hope that you are related to them.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/10/2012 at 2:28 am

      Hello Nehru, I was born in Georgetown. Bacchus is my married name.

      We are all related as members of the human race 🙂

  • de castro  On 12/11/2012 at 9:56 am

    I just love that response to Nehru…next time in GT please afford me an audiance…I flutter between SPAIN UK and ITALY but due to visit GT early 2013.

    women are the future … you show “strong character” which I do admire …

    poverty I have lived and can live with…starvation on the planet makes me point to our lack of “strong” “determined” leadership ! UN et al…
    forever the optimistic feminist !
    one of your fans…

  • de castro  On 12/12/2012 at 9:49 am

    flattery gets me everywhere….never a dull moment in this “old farts” life
    even at 69…and counting !
    seriously I take that as a “yes” so will look forward to meeting you….
    I attended Saints college in GT and we had a Bachus in our class
    of rebellious 15YOs …not sure where he disappeared to as we had a class
    reunion in GT in April this year and he was not available.
    DESMOND LALL (shoe people) was also a classmate of ours.
    we were the “embryo” of revolution in the early 60s in then BRITISH GUYANA
    even burning the BRITISH FLAG !! I am still in touch with over 15 of ouer classmates…..uneblieveable we had not see each other to over 50 years…..

    thanks to the internet we are now all in touch with each other from time to time.

    stay in touch

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/12/2012 at 5:12 pm

      Kamptan, if you have not already done so, I recommend that you read “Suspended Sentences: Fictions of Atonement” by Mark McWatt, published by Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2005. It’s a collection of short stories written by a group of sixth formers from Saints College 1966.

      Mark McWatt was born in Guyana in 1947.

  • de castro  On 12/13/2012 at 9:28 am

    certainly will read….it is now in my diary as I leave saturday for UK
    for XMAS. Mark McWatt may have been 3 forms later …think his parent-s
    were Scottish…3B.. 25rebellous 15YO were “expelled” for “entrepenurship”
    (selling condoms in a catholic institution) in 1962. We refused to be “intimated”
    by the then Father Hopkinson principal and not one of us “grassed”….
    In later years we were described as the “embryo” of revolution…
    burning the BRITISH flag for suspending the constitution and sending in the GUN-BOATS:…BLACK WATCH a scottish in the then BRITISH ARMY.
    5 of us have passed into the “after-life” …if there is one…but 15 of us
    are still alive and in touch via internet. Had our first re-union after 50 years
    in GT so hopefully many more in the future.
    sorry about that bit of “political” history…but history should be written by the
    vanquished not its victors.

    hey we can go on and on so will in future e mail you direct to avoid the negative influence on this blogg…will comment after reading Marks “suspended sentances” …GUYANA is a very rich country “culturaly”…it should be also
    “rich” socially-economically…forever the optimist !

    stay connected

  • de castro  On 12/13/2012 at 11:52 am

    sorryforgot to include my e mail address above…

    feel free to e mail me direct as i respond to all my personal friends and families
    e mails….I like your “politricks” and would like to include you in some of our more “contraversal” exchanges….we operate under the heading
    “TRUTH SEEKERS” a name founded by my twin brother who unfortunately
    I lost to the “the afterlife” last year. he was an inspiration in my life …he was
    always on the side of the “underdogs”….a political activist indeed…
    but also a “pacifist”…born leader …bless him !

    Before your marriage what was your maiden name !
    it helps me to paint a more “beautiful” picture with the “facts” !…


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