Be warned, this will be a long and wandering post as I am delirious from squirrel pox fever. But I think you will like it if you make it to the end. If you are short of time, just watch the videos.
Four years ago, the World Cup was in South Africa and in the midst of the frenzy of postings about the soccer matches on blogs, Facebook and Twitter , I, the Lone Grey Squirrel, boldly stood firm against the tide and posted about rugby in “Not Another World Cup Soccer Post“.
And so, this year, I have decided to do “Another Not Another World Cup Soccer Post”. And so starts a great new tradition.
So what will this post be about? Well, not rugby cause I did it the last time but suffice to say that England lost again to the New Zealand All Blacks; losing three out of three games. So it’s not just soccer that England sucks at.
No, this time, the World Cup is in Brazil and though I have never been to the Land of Samba and Carnival, Brazil is very special to this squirrel.
One of the reasons is “Brazil – where the nuts come from“. That phrase which is music to a squirrel’s ears is actually a line from the farce, Charley’s Aunt which was written by Brandon Thomas and first performed in 1892. Some consider it one of the best farces ever written and it is built round the concept of an aristocratic English nobleman being persuaded by one of his University friends to play the role of a rich aunt of that friend. It is in that capacity that he identifies himself as Charley’s aunt from Brazil – where the nuts come from.
Another reason I love Brazil is because of the movie of the same name by Terry Gilliam from 1985. This dystopian satire rails against bureaucracy gone mad and made all powerful. The movie is wonderfully crazy, romantic and tragic. I recommend it.
In the scene I have included in the video below, the Government has issued a warrant for the arrest of one Mr. Archibald Tuttle for committing acts of terrorism against building plumbing and air ducts. Unfortunately, while the arrest warrant was being printed, a fly falls into the printer and causes it to misprint the name as Archibald Buttle. The video now takes you to the home of Archibald Buttle just before Christmas………
Haha. I love it when the wife is asked to sign a receipt for her husband! Wonderfully bureaucratic.
And did you hear that tune at the beginning of the video? That’s another reason I love Brazil…. the wonderful song called Aquarela de Brasil or Watercolours of Brazil which was written by Ary Barroso in 1939. i love the infectious rhythm.
The English lyrics are as follows:
The Brazil that I knew
Where I wandered with you
Lives in my imagination.
Where the songs are passionate,
And a smile has flash in it,
And a kiss has art in it,
For you put your heart in it,
And so I dream of old Brazil
Where hearts were entertaining June,
We stood beneath an amber moon
And softly murmured “someday soon”
We kissed and clung together,
Then tomorrow was another day
The morning found me miles away
With still a million things to say
Now when twilight dims the sky above,
Recalling thrills of our love,
There’s one thing I’m certain of;
Return I will
To old Brazil.
Enjoy the song which was also the theme song for the movie, Brazil.