Letter from America

Letter from America

Readers who have lived in the United Kingdom might remember listening to the weekly “Letter from America” on BBC radio. It was my favorite programme when I lived in England, which explains the title of this article as I am in America as I write this. However, I will be back in São Paulo before the next Spotlight reaches your home (or computer) so please get back in touch. I miss you all, and NEED feedback if these articles are to be of any use to the British Society.

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Care for some eggs?

Care for some eggs?

After being demonized in the past, several studies appeared pointing to the fact that eggs were safe to consume. Now, a new report, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association from March 15, combining data from six earlier studies, found a 6 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease when the average number of eggs consumed per day went up by half an egg. The team from Northwestern University in the USA analyzed data pooled from six studies involving a total of 29.615 people followed up for a median of 17.5 years.

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The Cultura Inglesa opens a new branch in Paraisópolis and funds 100% of the cost of doubling the capacity of the Anglican Institute creche

The Cultura Inglesa opens a new branch in Paraisópolis and funds 100% of the cost of doubling the capacity of the Anglican Institute creche

This new school is the biggest single social project that the Cultura has ever undertaken and the total investment of nearly R$17 million covered not only the construction and fitting out of this brand-new school but also doubling the size of the adjacent creche of the Anglican Institute.

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The Conviviality Centre, our new project for the elderly, is back again in 2019!

The Conviviality Centre, our new project for the elderly, is back again in 2019!

The Conviviality Centre, our new project for the elderly, is back again in 2019! The evaluation we received from the elderly, users of our Conviviality Centre, was extremely positive. The project that we inaugurated in October 2018 received an overall rating of 4.92 on a scale from 1 to 5. This was the same score received by the Fundação Britânica staff that was responsible for managing the activities.

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Dr Albert Schweitzer’s efforts after the rampage in 1963 and his burial in 1965

Dr Albert Schweitzer’s efforts after the rampage in 1963 and his burial in 1965

Old man Schweitzer, 88, with tears rolling from his eyes watched his over forty years of work being partially destroyed by the insurgents. He thanked God that his beloved wife Helène Breslau Schweitzer (1879-1957) had left this earth six years before, after forty-four years of hard dedication and tough times beside her husband, despite long and severe suffering due to the ailment that victimized her for years on end.

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More than a glimmer of hope

More than a glimmer of hope

Dr. Michael Smith has begun this year with some optimistic news about a new drug that can delay and minimize the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. But, alas, Alzheimer’s can’t (yet?) be cured.

One of his suggestions: “getting plenty of exercise”, prompts me to remind readers of my recent “Walkie-Talkie” invitation. Although it has been very hot recently, I have already started walking with one friend on Wednesday mornings, and by the time you read this I hope the weather will have cooled down enough to encourage more of you to join us.

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Spotlight Humour #125

Spotlight Humour #125

In past issues I wondered whatever happened to the Welsh in São  Paulo and the once active St. David Society.   Some years ago (and this is a true  but unbelievable fact created by the highly paid European Bureaucrats, and this is well before anyone had thought of Brexit) and I guess it also explains why there is no more St David’s in São Paulo.

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May I Pet Your Dog?

May I Pet Your Dog?

With the new fashion of people wanting to adopt dogs, and the flourishing businesses of pet shops and veterinary clinics, it might help those who have never had a dog to take some advice from a book called “May I Pet Your Dog?” by Stephanie Calmenson.  The sub-title is The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs and Dogs Meeting Kids.  Everyone hopes that the first encounter will be a pleasant one, and lead to a long and happy relationship. 

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John Robert Mills (1938-2018)

John Robert Mills (1938-2018)

John Robert Mills, 80, passed away on December 24, 2018 in São Paulo. Beloved husband of Monica, father of Lawrence, Robert and Charles, and grandfather of Georgia, Nicholas, Alissa, Daphne, Chelsea, Emily and Oliver. Born on May 13th, 1938 in Vigo, Spain, of English and Basque heritage, he studied in Lima, Peru, and at Downside, in Somerset, before settling in São Paulo in 1967.

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