The year 2018 is almost over, and what a year it has been. As I write we are not quite sure (but almost !) who will be our new President and the same goes for Govenors. I guess we will all be glad when the politicians get down to running the country.Read More
We are proud to say that, during this month of October, we took an important next step in this process: we launched our Conviviality Centre for the Elderly in the Butantã region. The Conviviality Centre (Centro de Convivência) is a space that offers several activities contributing towards a process of healthy ageing. It develops autonomy and sociability, strengthens family ties, and community living helps to prevent situations of social risk.Read More
We should like to inform you that FBB hired Isabela Bertho to be our new Head of Welfare. Bel, as we may call her, is graduated in Social Sciences at Universidade de São Paulo and has a Masters in Sociology at Université de Genève (Switzerland).Read More
On Saturday night, September29th, the St Andrew Society of São Paulo held their traditional Caledonian Ball in the Espaço Citron (the old Transatlantic Club) in the Chácara Santo Antonio region. This black-tie event was a sell out and almost 200 people participated in Scottish reels to the sound of the bagpipes, toasts and speeches and, of course, whisky in all its forms, both unadulterated and mixed with honey and fresh cream (atholl brose).Read More
Many of us crave solitude. In fact it was the focus of my dissertation back in 1997, and I still agree with most of it! In brief, solitude is restorative and peaceful when desired. However, undesired solitude soon turns to loneliness, which is increasingly becoming a worldwide epidemic.Read More
For many years, doctors have recommended a diet based in low carbohydrate intake. Clinical trials have shown that it reverses diabetes, leads to weight loss, and improves most heart disease risk factors, all of which should logically lead to a longer life. However, a recent publication in Lancet Public Health, based on data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study made headlines around the world when it declared that a low-carb diet will shorten life.Read More
Dr. Schweitzer, already 88 and his daughter Rhena, half his age, stayed back with some of their helpers who refused to go when Dr. Schweitzer ordered the place to be evacuated on hearing the daily radio newsreel on his primitive galvanic battery wireless urging them to hasten to Libreville, the French protected provincial capital. The doctor, his daughter, Dr. Miller and others of the staff were spared due to haste and military the benefit they had provided for the people of Gabon.Read More
One Sunday, my husband and I were going out to lunch when I saw a bundle of fluff curled up on the pavement on the opposite side of the road, in front of our house. On passing by I said to myself “poor little thing if that puppy is still there when we return I am going to take it in and feed it”.Read More
If you happen to be in Europe, remember Grindelwald for a stay and many walks. Embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape and the numerous lookout points along 300 km of walking tracks, and activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular and cosmopolitan holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland.Read More
Our main Churrasco was held on Saturday, 29th September 2018.
There were nearly 90 guests attending the event which was great given that the Caledonian Ball took place on the same day. Some of us even managed to attend both events and were able to carry on until the wee hours of the following morning!Read More
Please note our Remembrance Day service at St Pauls Cathedral will actually take place this year on the 11th of November (Armistice Day) and as you are probably aware 2018 marks the centenary of the First World War’s final year.
The theme of this year’s Remembrance Service from the Royal British Legions point of view is to say Thank You to those people who gave their lives in the first World War.Read More