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Bath city - a day out - The city of Bath, a UNESCO historic world heritage site, and a town full of visitor attractions. The Royal Crescent. Georgian Bath.

Nยบ 109 JULY & AUGUST 2016



spotlight news bulletin edition

When you receive this issue we will have enjoyed one of the most awaited annual events of the British community, the celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth´s Birthday organized by the British Society. . Full coverage and photos to be included in our next edition. We will also know whether Britain is in, or out of the European Community, and know how this will affect our lives, both in the UK and at this end of the world.

400 copies A publication directed to members of the Fundação Britânica de Beneficência Editor Derrick Marcus Graphic design project Eólica Graphic design Casamarela Arquitetura e Design Printing Gráfica Forma Certa Proof Reading Alison Steel British Society São Paulo Fundação Britânica de Beneficência Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 741 1st Floor, Brazilian British Centre, Pinheiros 05428-002 São Paulo SP Tel.: +55 (11) 3813 7080

NEXT ISSUES OF THE BULLETIN Nº 110 Sep/Oct 2016 Deadline Ago 7th Nº 111 Nov/Dec 2016 Deadline Oct 7th

Sadly, local politics, whether municipal or federal, leave a lot to be desired, and every day a new personage is on the front page having committed some misdemeanour and one begins to wonder , who will be left to run the show. We have lots of sporting activities taking place to liven up our day. The European football championship, has started, alas, with English and Russians supporters showing how not to behave, and of course, in August we have the Rio Olympics. Spotlight depends on the welcome contributions of articles from the community, and I know this takes time and effort, but I would ask you to please check our deadline date, which appears on the left hand side of this note, as delays have an accumulated effect on the eventual delivery date in the following month. This edition went to press without our expert proof reader Alison´s corrections, so if you spot any errors you can blame the editor Derrick Marcus





On Friday the 13th of May, twenty three ladies gathered at Lissa Colding’s house to enjoy a spectacular full English tea, including hot melt in your mouth scones.

• Mr. Bernard Köhne, the eldest male resident of Lar Elite, where many of our British elderly assisted live, was joined by friends, and family, to celebrate his 100th birthday on the 30th of May, 2016. This celebration was even more special when it was revealed that Mr. Jerson Ribeiro, who is Mr. Köhne´s son-in-law turned 71 the very same day.

It was a lovely opportunity to informally welcome Fernanda into our midst as the new Social Welfare Coordinator and to say a very sad goodbye to Lauren, who after nine years of outstanding service to our community, will be sorely missed. We enjoyed writing messages for Lauren on the tea cloths provided. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon relaxing among old friends, and making new friends. I am hoping that there are many more to come. My thanks to the welcome help from the BSSP staff and Lissa Colding for your hospitality. Present at the tea : “Helping Hand” Members: Lissa Codling, Gillian Govier Penny Ahlgrimn, Phyllis Birkinshaw, Pamela Ford, Judy Beer , Donor Member: Liz Bird , Members: Marcia Ryan, Yvonne Cogswell, Margaret Herman, Sally Salt, Angela Henman Belchior, Kay Brabner, Lyndon Bohlen, Anne Barham, Marina Shooter and BSSP office team: Lauren Barretta, Fernanda Gonçalves, Rachel Govier, Stephanie Smith, Francisca Freitas and Charlotte Cowell.


• Mr. and Mrs. Little from the British Consulate, joined the festive celebrations, presenting Mr. Köhne with a very special birthday card from Her Majesty the Queen. It was an emotional moment for all, each of us using the time to reflect on the full life that Mr. Köhne has lived and our own loved ones, be they near or far away. • Those present : the Lar Elite Residents: Bernard Köhne, Gertrude Vigar, Norah Francis Zieminska, Robert Grinrod Wood, Geoffrey Philip Leon Moss; Mr. Köhne´s relatives which included great-grand-children; Mr. & Mrs. Little from the British Consulate; “Helping Hands” Members: Lissa Codling, Pamela Ford, Newton Molon and British Society´s office team, Lauren Barretta, Fernanda Gonçalves, Stephanie Smith, Francisca Freitas, Charlotte Cowell and Beatriz Dantas.

Please feel free to get in touch on: or call 3813 7080 if you would like to participate in any of the next teas.

Judy Beer, Ann Barham, Gillian Govier, Lissa Codling, Marina Shooter, Margaret Herman and Penny Ahlgrimm

Mr and Mrs Little with Bernard Kohne



Some up date on activites this year - Derek Barnes

two churrascos, one members lunch, six golf tournaments and our presence at various events of the Brazilian, French

The AGM of the Royal British Legion was held at SPAC Santo

and American societies to mark commemorative dates re-

Amaro on Tuesday February 23rd. The 30 plus members

lating to their armed forces. The Legion had kept in regular

present must have thought that the previous committee had

contact with the more elderly of its members and had con-

done a good job as they were all re-elected for 2016. The

tinued to provide a small amount of financial assistance to

President’s report summarised the previous year’s activities

members or their dependents who needed it. The Treasurer’s

as comprising the organization of the Remembrance Service,

report demonstrated that the Legion’s finances were sound but dwindling.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION BBQ Photos by Debbie Mackenzie

Stig and Jet Dale Cristina, Robert Turner and Francisca

Joanna (Freeland) and friend

Daniel Dupony-Liot Alasdair Kerr-Derek Barnes-John McMahon-Bishop Roger Bird-Colin Pritchard

Bob Beer and Lyndon Johnson

Jo Marcus, Meg Krinker and Anna Norris

Geoffrey Moss with Lauren and Nora Zieminska


The SASPD continues to be very active in 2016 and have performed at the following events : 1) Burns Supper SPAC Centre 2) Charity Event Jundaí – SP 3) International Day St.Pauls School 4) Dia do Reuno Unido Soc.Beneficiente Alemã 5) BBC – St.Andrews Soc. SPAC Sto.Amaro 6) International Festival Clube Pinheiros – SP 7) Ordem dos Nobres Cavalheiros Santos


SHAMROCK CUP – SOLO COMPETITION – MONTEVIDEO – URUGUAY . Two of our Pipers competed in the Solo Shamrock Piping Competition held in MONTEVIDEO on Saturday 21st MAY – They were our Pipe Mayor Thiago Scavazini and our Piper Michel Mendes – Thiago came 2nd in the competition , out of eight Solo Pipers competing . Michel also did well ,and for both it was the first time competing in such a competition- Congratulations to Thiago and Michel.

The following events are on our PROGRAMME 21st. FESTA DO IMIGRANTE This is the second time we will perform at this very interesting event together with groups from many countries . We will come on after the RUSSIAN FOLK BALALAYAKA Group , the GERMANS FOLK TANZFREUNDE and the ZORBAS THE GREEKS Group so we are in very good company. ST.ANDREWS WINTER CEILIDH – SATURDAY 13th. AUGUST - 20.00- SPAC TOWN CLUB We will be there with our full Pipe Band and Highland Dancers. CALEDONIAN BALL – SATURDAY – 22nd.OCTOBER -20.00 – CLUBE TRANSATLANTICA – This is our gala presentation with the Band and with a new Piper from Minas Gerais.

We continue to have Band practices every SUNDAY at Cultura Saude – 10.00 to 14.00 – All are welcome WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SASPDPIPEBAND www.SASPD.COM.BR - Colin Pritchard – D/M - SASPD.



Turismo arquitetônico. Now you can get a special tour of the COPAN building which celebrates its 50th year of existence (Av. Ipiranga, 200-República). You will be taken to the terrace on top to admire São Paulo 360° . Visits are Mon-Fri at 10h30 and 15h30 and visitors are asked to be there 10’ before time. For more information T. 32595917. (free of charge). The group Architectours T. 39588474 promotes tours to modern buildings including SESC Pompéia, MASP, FAU, Memorial da América Latina and COPAN. There is a tour of curious buildings which takes you to places in Vila Madalena, the houses of the weavers in the Centre of São Paulo, the Vilas Operárias in the district of Bras, and the eclectic architecture in the district of Higienópolis. These are monthly tours organized by ArqBacana. ( Casa do Povo in the Barra Funda district – R. Três Rios, 252/2º. Built in 1953 by the architect Isay Weinfeld and very active during the years 1960/70, as Teatro TAIB (closed in 1980) was going strong showing reactionary plays against the military oppression. A revival project is under way since 2015. Films, dance performances, exhibitions, and the occasional play can be seen and a library with 4.000 books can be consulted, too. T. 33116577. Arte no metrô. There are 91 works of art on five lines, along 63 underground stations. Sé station holds Garatuja (1978) which looks like a piece of worm made of iron

and zinc sheets with a polyurethane coating in yellow, by Marcelo Nietzsche, a Brazilian painter, sculptor, engraver who in 2015 was considered the outstanding exhibitor in the exhibition ‘The World Goes Pop’ in the Tate Modern . Enter the site and you’ll find a book about the 91 works of art belonging to the Metro lines. www. Casa Rodovalho. In 1828 the emperor D. Pedro I forbade the burial in churches because of the smell which exuded from the tiles. The Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital, then started to transport bodies to cemeteries till 1899 when the number 1 house on Rua São Bento – Casa Rodovalho – started a taxi and driver service and also built carts and the first hearse . This was the first taxi service ever in Brazil. They also imported flowers and held burial services. During the Spanish flu in 1918 it once came to 600 burials in one day in São Paulo ! But taxis were only for the rich and politicians. Do you remember Pickles? He was the black and white collie dog who found the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966 which had been stolen from the Methodist Centre Hall in Westminster. In the next issue I’ll tell you where it was found! Christina Thornton

CRICKET BRASIL NEWS Brazil will be the home for the Junior and Senior South American Championships in October . In April we held our II Minas Gerais Championship, in Poços de Caldas.. The Projects team, composed mainly of juniors from the national squad played great cricket and beat the experienced Minas Gerais Cricket Club. We also had the GRANADOS Men’s National Cricket Championship,with 6 teams from all over Brazil with a high level of skills and another win from the São Paulo team.. We had it all: hatricks, amazing wickets, strong boundaries and most importantly: spirit of cricket amongst gentlemen. To celebrate the initiation of the Brasilia Social projects, the Australian Embassy supported a weekend with over 60 children on the I Festival de Cricket Australian Aid. We joined our two projects, from Poços de Caldas and Brasilia with children from age 10 to 16 in a weekend


to support the growth of our sport. It was an incredible success! It was the first time we had under 17 cricketers from different projects playing a soft ball tournament and we believe in future years this will grow to be our U13 and U17 national squad selection process. We also had the IV Ladies National Cricket Championship, with Brasilia defending the title against a strong Cricket Poços de Caldas team. The improvement from the ladies is visible to the eye and the coach, Jeannette Garcés, believes the selection for the National squad will be tougher every year. The 12 first players have already been announced and the second semester tournament will close the list off! Everyone is chasing those last spots. For more information, please contact me on

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INTERNATIONAL DAY – A TIME FOR CELEBRATION Every year in April or May for the past 6 years my family looks

run down some long corridors and hop on the Piccadilly line at T2.

forward to International Day at St. Paul’s. When our children, Sara

All of this after very few hours’ sleep on the overnight flight from

and Guilherme, were in PP1, I was asked to help on the UK stand.

São Paulo. After finally arriving safely at Hounslow East only a few

PP1 is the first year at St. Paul’s and everything was new. The PTA

stops away from Heathrow, I arrived at the ASDA superstore to

at school was looking for volunteers to help out and I clearly re-

discover that a fire alarm had gone off and I had to wait outside

member selling Peppa Pig magazines to small children and their

until the Fire Brigade gave the all clear. Time was ticking by. When

parents non-stop for 4 hours. As the years have gone by the UK

the doors finally opened you have never seen anybody run so fast

stand has got larger, the children have got older, International

around an ASDA superstore with an empty suitcase in tow. Heinz

Day has grown and there are more and more stands.

Salad Cream, tins of Baked Beans, packs of Tea Bags, Childrens Magazines … they all flew in like there was no tomorrow. At the

For those of you unfamiliar with International Day at St. Paul’s

check-out everything was stuffed into plastic bags and on the floor

school, it is a yearly event that is organized by the PTA. Stalls are

at the main exit, the bags were transferred into the suitcase. No

set up based on Charities that are elected by the PTA and this

wonder the Security Guard looked at me suspiciously. And then,

year three charities were chosen: Tucca, Acer & Liga Solidária. In

of course, it was the same journey in reverse back to Heathrow.

addition, the Fundação Britânica will benefit this year from 50%

When I checked in the additional suitcase weighing 30 kilos, I was

of the amount raised on the UK & Commonwealth stall.

relieved to say the least!!

The event, held on 16th April this year, was a huge success. Final

On the actual day itself, working at the till, I lost track of how many

figures show that over R$ 168 000 was raised and 1946 visitors

tickets I sold for children to pet the rabbits (poor things!) or how


many glasses of delicious Pimms were sold. This year we organized a Silent Auction and one of the top prizes was from Leading Hotels

For the first time, the PTA in its wisdom, appointed me as Co-Chair

of the World for a three day stay at a luxury resort in Punta Cana. It

of the UK & Commonwealth stand (was it because I was the only

did take, however, five people to finally decipher the handwriting

British national who turned up at the Inaugural Planning meeting

and discover the name and phone number of the winner! There

I wonder?) …. My Co-Chair was Charlotte Cowell of the British

were other fantastic activities too. The Garden Club provided a

Society. The role that the British Society played in helping to set-up

brilliant activity for children to pot plants. There was tea, sandwiches,

and run the stand was essential. A huge vote of thanks to Charlotte

cake and traditional scones.

and all of the other British Society staff members who helped both prior to the event and on the day.

All in all as the heat of the day turned to a somewhat All in all as the heat of the day turned to a somewhat cooler twilight , Charlotte

This year there were some key fun moments! One of the best

myself and all of the other helpers on the Uk and Commonwealth

moments was prior to the event. On my way in March from São

stand breathed a sigh of satisfied relief that our stand had been a

Paulo to Paris for a long weekend, I booked my flight via Heathrow

huge success. We had created a stunning masterpiece that all too

to take advantage of everything that a few hours in the UK could

soon had to be taken down but more importantly had raised the

offer to stock up on some goodies to sell on the UK & Common-

largest amount of money ever raised by the UK and commonwealth

wealth stand. As the plane from Brazil touched down on UK soil

stand at International Day Thanks once again to all involved. We

I had just 4 hours to leave Heathrow, run round a supermarket,

look forward to welocoming you next year at the same event.

return to Heathrow and check in a full bag to Paris. Things never quite go as expected. The Piccadilly line signal failure meant that

Richard Lawrence Co Chair Uk and Commonwealth Stand St Paul´s

I had to go from T5 to Heathrow Central on Heathrow Express,

International Day UK


THE BRITISH COLLEGE OF BRAZIL Musical Theatre is becoming a thing at the British College of Brazil. As the school grows, so too do the events. This year the school staged 3 separate productions: Key stage 1 produced a show based on one of their favourite stories “Giraffe’s can’t dance”, Key stage 2 performed Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and Key stage 3 performed the well known gangster themed show “Bugsy Malone”. In primary school all students participate in the musical production, but in secondary it is optional for students. Amazingly 43 students signed up to participate in the production (which is approximately half of the secondary school cohort this year). When opening night came, everybody was ready and the show began with a bang. The set looked amazing- created from scratch by Wezio Souza, the cast looked fantastic wearing suits and 1920’s flapper dresses, the band sounded fabulous made up of teachers and students; there was nothing that wasn’t brilliant. The show was a huge success and the students had so much fun with the splurge guns and cream pies. The feedback from the audience ranged from “A fantastic show with a laugh a minute” to “WOW! It should be on Broadway”. The question remains - what will we produce Hannah Baldwin Head of Performimg Arts



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IDENTITY The new column on Multiculturalism by Michael Lawrence highlights the fact that our individual identities are, indeed, varied and diverse (and fascinating). If he sees himself as “different”, all I can say is: “welcome to the club”! We all have unique identities, and I hope this new column will highlight the variety of cultural differences within this huge city, and more specifically, within the readership of this newsletter. Another multi-cultural story is Noemia Maxwell’s “Tussitala and Me” about her late husband, Charles, who was a teacher at St. Paul’s School for many years. Her memoir also highlights the role childhood and multiculturalism played in forming both their identities. What all “multiculturals” have in common is that most of us will always feel a little bit foreign wherever we live, even if we return to the land of our roots. I’m sorry Michael Lawrence was bullied at his school in England and hope his children are having a happier time at St. Paul’s. Alas, bullying was not taken seriously enough a generation ago; my brother and I were also bullied at our British boarding schools. The problem with being bullied is that it can have a negative impact on the identity of sensitive individuals, who can get dragged into an endless loop of negative self-talk: “I can’t, I’m not good enough, I’m different, I’m a failure, No one likes me, I don’t belong” and so on. The good news is that we can break away from this negative loop and learn to “shrug it off” when people are rude, thoughtless or unkind. In fact, negative experiences in small doses can help us become more resilient and empathetic. The bad news is that an overdose of negative experiences damages some people’s sense of identity to the point where they become so uncomfortable in their own skin that they need professional help in order to break away from the negative loop. Part of a person’s identity is genetic, with some babies

being born happier and calmer than others. But our environment (especially during childhood) plays a huge part in who we become as adults. And our identity is not fixed; we also evolve and transform with changing circumstances. People with a strong sense of identity can belong anywhere, even when they don’t remain long (“be-long”) in one geographical location. People with solid identities are also self-aware enough to know when, and how, to say “No”. This can save a lot of stress - as well as a few heart attacks! Penny Freeland is a qualified counsellor and coach. For further information please contact All communication will remain confidential.



GENETIC IDENTITY When we talk about identity, we refer to the unique characteristics of an individual, and nothing can be more unique than one’s genetic make up. From the year 2000, two groups, one private and the other public competed to map the entire human genome, that is, the genetic make-up of an individual. Since the discovery of Watson and Crick regarding the structure of DNA as a doublehelix, the molecule behind the human genome, scientists have been seeking to disclose the genetic structure of individuals. Recently, the United States has proposed to analyze the genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers in order to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up. The initial goal is to create more and better treatments for cancer, partly because of the lethality of the disease, and also because targeted medicine, also known as precision medicine has made significant advances in cancer. It is known that different individuals react in different ways the certain treatments, depending on their genetic make-up. That opens up a whole new field of personalized medicine. Whole genome sequencing, although plummeting in price, still costs about US$ 1,000 per genome, meaning the initiative would cost US$ 1 billion. Academic centers have already amassed thousands of genomes, and linked them to diseases as varied as autism, appendicitis, cataracts, diabetes and dementia. Another initiative, privately

funded, launched a project to sequence 1 million genomes by 2020. It is headed by Craig Venter, who took part in the race to sequence the human genome in 2000, and finished in less time than it took the public effort. Pharmacogenetics, the use of genetic testing to guide treatment choices, may be the most anticipated application of personalized medicine. In oncology, testing tumor specimens has become increasingly important to target therapies to specific cancer-promoting mutations. For certain medications in more widespread use, common genetic variation is associated with efficacy or risk of adverse effects , either of which might be used to tailor drug therapy. It has been observed, however, that genomic scientific discovery greatly exceeds clinical use of genomics, and has not been matched by genomic testing by physicians in clinical practice. This means that the next steps in the research of genomic medicine adoption should focus on physicians and their interaction with actual genomic data. Another concern is related to privacy issues, as for instance, an insurance company using genome information to certain individuals to deny coverage. At any rate, the more knowledge is collected in this area, the better for mankind. MICHAEL ROY SMITH, M.D. MOBILE ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY Phone: 99183-2093 E-mail:



MULTICULTURALISM, DIVERSITY AND OTHER QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH WORDS. PART 3. IS THIS REALLY OUR COUNTRY OF BIRTH? Anybody who has spent many years outside their country of birth probably understands all too well the saying “Things move on …”. For all of us expatriates and British nationals who have not lived in the UK for many years, returning to Blighty is an exhilarating but slightly disturbing experience. All of us are nostalgic to a certain degree. All of us remember the past, our families, our towns and cities, growing up, holidays …. but then we moved on. We moved out and left our countrymen to run the show while we, for whatever reason, started to live our lives further afield. For those rather more astute readers amongst you, you will remember that I ended Part 2 of this article in the previous edition of Spotlight with the comment that “Britain was changing, shaking off an old coat and starting to look for a new direction. Just like me”. Well my new direction was a short hop across the Channel to Paris where I started work in 1987. The ferry and train journeys were tedious but the trip was made so much easier with Eurostar in the early 1990s and during that whole decade I lost count of the number of times I went in and out of the tunnel, crossing between two countries I loved (and still love). The atmosphere in Paris Gare du Nord was so different to that of London Waterloo, which was where the Eurostar journey either began or ended in the 1990s. On some occasions, it was a quick flight across the Channel. That was even more of a culture shock because I had even less time to get myself psychologically and linguistically in tune with the country of destination. After over 16 years on the “Continent” Brazil called out and of course I have been living in this green (and yellow) fertile land for the last 16 years so some people

could quite rightly question my depth of knowledge of multi-cultural Britain today. However, I liken my knowledge to that of a distant cousin who sees the children once per year. “Oh how you’ve grown” they would say. “Oh how you’ve changed” I say when I arrive in the UK. Once per year is somewhat of an under-statement. With professional commitments in Europe and an ageing father, I make it back to Blighty at least three times per year. Some years it is every month. But that feeling of how Britain has changed never leaves me. Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all – suspicion of anything foreign. (The Telegraph, 2005) The quote above sums up a lot of feelings. When I was a child, Europe and the rest of the world seemed so far away. Today it is common practice for youngsters to hop on an EasyJet, a Ryanair or a British Airways plane to spend a weekend in Athens, Berlin, Ibiza, Stockholm or a host of other cheap and available destinations. Of course this is true in the reverse sense and hordes of Greeks, Germans, Spaniards, Swedes and other nationalities think nothing of spending a weekend (or longer) in London, Liverpool, Edinburgh or a host of other exciting destinations we can offer. On a different topic, that of race, I would like to quote some statistics. Census work is carried out every 10 years in the UK. The racial mix of the British population is changing. According to the 2001 Census, the White ethnic group formed 91% of the total population of

MULTICULTURALISM England & Wales (47,5 Million people). The 2011 Census revealed that this group had decreased to 86% (48,2 Million people – taking the growth in total population into account). The source: Office for National Statistics. For more than a decade the ethnic population has been growing faster than the population growth rate of England & Wales. London is a particular case. In our capital city, 45% of the population in the 2011 Census identified as White British while the majority of the population identified as belonging to a minority ethnic group. Cities and regions such as Leicester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire all have substantial minority ethnic populations that are growing in size. The Asian community, the Afro-Caribbean community, the African community have all been joined in more recent years by Europeans – firstly by Western Europeans and more recently, during

the past decade, by Eastern Europeans keen to take advantage of the opportunities enshrined in the EU Charter of free movement of individuals between EU member states. The fact that I am writing these lines just a few days before the Referendum on Britain’s future relationship with the EU is significant. By the time this article is published, our fellow countrymen (and those of us not yet disenfranchised by the 15 years absence rule) will have decided how Britain will develop over the next decades. Within the EU or outside the EU. With a more isolationist or a more regional mindset. Interesting times are ahead. To be continued …. Richard Lawrence


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A DOCTOR WHO OFFERED HOPE DOCTOR ALBERT SCHWEITZER - by William Moffitt Harris Albert Schweitzer was born on January 14 1875 at Kayersberg, Haute Alsace, belonging in those days to the German Empire. Today it is one of France’s administrative regions (Haute Rhin). He died at ninety on September 4 1965 at 11:30 P.M. still working at Lambarènè. He was buried in the Jungle Hospital compound that bears his name at the exact place where he had determined his grave to be. It was alongside the urn containing the ashes of his wife who preceded him in 1957. The cross he made for himself out of a rain and ant resisting beech log, long before, marked his burial site on the banks of the Ogooué River. During the festivities of his 80th birthday, January 14, he proclaimed his desire to be buried in Lambarènè in a brief and simple ceremony: “I feel at home here; I belong to you until my dying breath”. His staff companions at the hospital, lepers, cripples and other patients, besides hundreds of nearby villagers turned up at his funeral and stood there in the fiery jungle heat silently watching his body being lowered into the ground. At his previous request the funeral was delayed until the next day so that his daughter Rhena would be able to telegraph to his younger brother Dr. Paul Schweitzer who was eighty three and unable to come due to a severe heart condition. After the burial native funeral chants and drums beating all around the nearby villages were heard. Through the unpaved streets slowly went the traditional torch and candles parades which were in honor of important people who had perished in the wars or of sickness. In her telegrams to relatives in the States and France, Rhena said he fell ill from exhaustion and weakened by a severe circulatory problem brought on by his age. “He is dying inevitably and soon he goes quietly in peace and dignity”.

Of a well to do family, son of a Lutheran pastor, who taught history at the University of Strasbourg, he graduated in Theology and a year later in Philosophy at the same University, having obtained his doctorate degree in both at the age of nineteen. A year before he had taken his skill for music to task more seriously and began lessons with Charles Maria Widor the famous organist at the Notre Dame church in Paris. This professor for the first time detected that young Schweitzer had a natural bent for interpreting Johann Sebastian Bach and urged him to mainly specialize in this composer. During the same year he was born, his father moved the family to Koenigsberg amid the foothills of the Vosgue. There they lived for years nearer to where he worked and where he could warrant a better education for his children. Schweitzer was widely travelled and well read not losing touch with the evolution of world history, principally Europe’s and Africa’s. His father’s position as a history teacher gave him the opportunity of accessing books, scientific journals and magazines from many parts of the world. He began his medical college studies in 1905 having majored in tropical diseases and when concluded, six years later, married Hélène Bresslau, who took special interest in social problems. Hélène Bresslau met Dr. Schweitzer for the first time when inspecting an orphanage during her routine work for several institutions. She was most attracted by Dr. Schweitzer’s lectures, concerts and sermons. The central philosophical focus of his sermons, which crowded the churches, squares and halls was his Reverence for Life. His book entitled The Phylosophy of Civilization exposed his personal view on the Reverence for Life an

LETTER TO THE EDITOR ethical principle that takes in all living creatures and is essential to the survival of civilization. To some authors who studied his books, Schweitzer was one of the precursors of Bioethics. The book he put out when barely thirty one in 1906 The Quest of a Historic Christ very quickly made him well known among the Lutherans and cited in many of the sermons delivered worldwide. A complete obituary of her mother was written by the couple’s only daughter Rhena Schweitzer Miller when she died in June 1957 in Zurich. This document easily


found in Internet/Google has also been a stalwart for my information on Mrs. Schweitzer’s energy and devotion to her husband’s endeavor for forty four years. For ten years she had been the doctor’s confidante when they had begun a close relationship and together they decided to work as missionaries in French Equatorial Africa. She fully endorsed his desire to preach the Gospel to the “poor, suffering and ignorant people of Africa” which he expressed on his birthday in 1912. They were married towards the end of that year.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Derrick, I am sending you a copy of my letter to The Economist. I feel strongly that whether an expat would vote for “Remain” or Brexit , he should be given the opportunity to do so. Best personal regards, Guy Subject: Expats voting on EU Referendum Regarding Bagehot’s interesting comments on “Brexpats” (page 54), as an expatriate myself, I was horrified to note how Britain is mishandling the postal votes of expats giving the incorrect date for the deadline for expats registration e.g. publicising the wrong deadline via its embassies and local councils mislaying expat voter details - leading to only 200,00 out of roughly 5m Britons around the world being registered to vote. I called the British Consulate General in São Paulo complaining that I for one, had not received any notification from the consulate on deadlines for postal voting . I was informed that the Consulate did not have sufficient staff to contact every member of the British community and that it was up to each person to seek advice from the Embassy or the Consulate on this matter. I was also told that the deadline for registration was on June 3rd not June 7th. I still do not know which is the right date but it would seem that I have missed the deadline and will not be able to vote. Guy Giraudeau OBE June 6th, 2016 - São Paulo, Brazil



GOOD GOVERNMENT? Around the world, many countries like Syria, Iraq, Venezuela and North Korea are facing a crisis in terms of government. This month Britain will vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union. In November, the United States will vote for a new president. As we know, Brazil has begun the process of impeachment of its president. Winston Churchill once said: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms of government that have been tried from time to time!”

We can’t begin to describe how meaningful it was to have our children Mark and Christina present. They really appreciated the truth of the 50 years we have spent together. The service itself was memorable and loving because Bishop Roger renewed our wedding vows, Sandra and Michael. Michael Moran

Governments have their ups and downs. Politicians are human beings with human weaknesses, just like we also have. In the Bible there are parts where human government is affirmed as God-given (Rom. 13). Others where it is pictured as being under demonic control (Rev. 13). Together they represent the reality of human government. Governments reflect the mix that is in us, all of what is good and true alongside what is sinful and flawed. The choices we make, will show the true nature of our character. The choices the governments make, also show the true nature of their character. We wish to thank Bishop Roger Bird and his wife and Lay Minister Elizabeth for the Thanksgiving Service on the occasion of our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We also thank the Choir and Catherine Bird for her lovely performance of “Eu sei que vou te amar.”

Dean Rev. Aldo B Quintão Bishop Roger D. Bird Bishop Glauco S. de Lima Rua Com Elias Zarzur, 1239 Alto da Boa Vista, São Paulo 04736-000 Tel/Fax (11) 5686.2180


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