‘Took you long enough to get here. Took you ten years to get to my house. Huh, what’s the matter? You don’t like my house? Does my house stink?’ – Rocky, Rocky. At night the Brazilian slums, the Favelas, with a diorama of twinkling lights, coat the hills between the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana exuding a mythical…

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“Look it’s a guy thing, alright? Hey you got a nice body an’ all, but those you can see coming around the corner. You got time to comb your hair.” – Mitch Henessey, The Long Kiss Goodnight. Each morning I duly fetch 3 double expressos and a couple of bags…

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‘You have no authority. None. Mexico City. What were you doing there?‘ M – Spectre. We are in an Uber, five cars back from a car fire that had bottle necked all three lanes into gridlock at the mouth of the Morro de Villa Rica tunnel, known as the ‘old tunnel’.…

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Dutch:[looks up in awareness] He’s using the trees. – Predator. The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden or Jardim Botânico is located at the Jardim Botanic district in the “Zona Sul” (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. Long roots, some big enough to sit on, are allowed to crawl through the park with impunity. Man-carved pathways run serpentine up the…

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‘I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a…

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‘I know now why you cry, but it is something I can never do.’ Terminator – Terminator 2. Up at 6am. Although I’m on holiday I’m a creature of habit and rarely do lie-ins. I try the gym but it’s shut so I run around the hard court. The whole complex…

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“Superman you’re just in a slump, you’ll be great again” – Ricky, Superman 3. I’m in a whole slump all morning about leaving that damn camera in the taxi. I have pooled about 400 sheets in sponsor money for this trip, all that’s down the pan now. Annie throws a decent…

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“His name is Jaws, he kills people.” – Bond, Moonraker. The streets are quiet on the way to Sugarloaf, the trees over hang the streets like a tropical umbrella offering a weird post-apoloyptic feel. Man hasn’t so much as invaded this oasis, but formed an alliance with it’s surroundings. The trees…

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“Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking” – Steve McCroskey, Airplane. I’m the first to arrive at Marcus’s condominium in Rio that overlooks the entire complex, including tiny lagoons that I’m told by Marcus’s secretary Lisa, has crocodiles. Tiny ones. “I have to go move the car,” says Lisa.…

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