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London 40 graus – Como a cidade lida com algo raro: sol e calor

4 anos atrás ----- Blog Cultura Inglesa The Insider

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É público e notório que o sol e o Reino Unido não são lá grandes amigos. Num dia quente de verão, então, fica evidente: os britânicos estão muito mais acostumados com a chuva e o frio do que com o sol e o calor.

Nesta quarta, 1º de julho, fez o dia quente em Londres. A cidade experimentou a temperatura mais alta da sua história. Os termômetros alcançaram 36 graus em Heathrow (o bairro do aeroporto).

Se para um carioca já é calor, imagina para um londrino que considera 25 graus abrasador. Foi um deus nos acuda.

Ruas derreteram, trens foram cancelados, pessoas passaram mal na rua e no metrô, autoridades distribuíram garrafinhas d’água em vários pontos do país, os jornais reportaram a “heatwave” ao vivo, e os famosos double deckers viraram um forno (o segundo andar de alguns ônibus bateu quase 40 graus).

A maioria dos lugares fechados (como casas de show e o metrô, por exemplo), não tem ar condicionado – apenas sistema de calefação. Ou seja, quem estava na rua não tinha muito para onde fugir. Ar condicionado em casa, nem pensar.

Em Wimbledon, onde ocorre o torneio de tênis, um gandula desmaiou no meio de uma partida. Nas casas de apostas já tem mais gente apostando que jogos serão interrompidos por causa do calor do que por causa da tradicional chuva.

Global warming, my friends.

Mas nem o calor derreteu o humor britânico:


[The Insider] As gírias londrinas que incomodam muita gente

5 anos atrás ----- Blog The Insider The Insider


Nos bairros mais periféricos de Londres um inglês cheio de gírias, urbano, e que virou moda entre os adolescentes (fenômeno que parece ser natural em toda cidade grande) começa a incomodar os mais conservadores.

E alguns vícios de linguagem e gírias desse jeito de falar está sendo abertamente combatido.

Uma escola do sul de Londres recentemente proibiu o uso de alguns termos nas suas dependências (veja foto acima).

O assunto virou pauta nos jornais e na internet. Um deputado ex-secretário da educação elogiou a medida, “pois ninguém vai arrumar emprego falando desse jeito”, mas muita gente a considerou autoritária e até preconceituosa. 

No “index” de palavras censuradas pela Harris Academy está “basically” (basicamente), mas apenas no início das frases, que é onde ela virou mania, e alguns termos super comuns em toda Londres, como “innit”. Veja os demais termos da lista e seus significados:

Coz – abreviação de ‘because’ (porque). Exemplo: “I’m not gonna play football today coz it’s cold“.

Like – no sentido de “tipo” (exatamente o mesmo vício que muitos paulistanos têm, “se a gente tivesse saído, tipo, uma hora antes, chegava a tempo). É influência do inglês americano. Exemplo: ‘School dinner was, like, lasagna’.

Bare – Bastante, muito. Exemplo: ‘Shakespeare had bare influence on the English language’.

Extra – sem sentido, besta, “nada a ver”. Exemplo: ‘Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis is extra’.

Innit – abreviação de “isn’t it?”, que, por sua vez, é a abreviação aceita pela língua formal de “is not it?”. Curioso, não? A nova abreviação ainda é mal vista. Exemplo: ‘That is good food, innit?’ 

You Woz – é um jeito de falar “was” (conjugação do verbo “to be” no passado) na pessoa errada. O correto é “you were” e “we were”.

Yeah – no final das frases, tem o mesmo sentido de “né” para nós. “He was there, yeah?”, equivale a “Ele estava lá, né”?


Um fim de semana nas gélidas águas de Gales

7 anos atrás ----- Blog The Insider The Insider


por Milo Steelefox, de Londres*

So I’ve finally booked a train to Aberystwyth on the coast of Wales.

I had friends to see, friends from home that only all get together once in a blue moon, and they just so happened to be doing so in Wales, a place that for me brings back nostalgic childhood memories of camping, beaches, rivers… and rain, and grey, and cold.

I’m painting a lovely picture aren’t I? In truth though it was the most beautiful of weekends, with blue skies and good times.

The day we spent on the beach was full of tomfoolery, as we did our best to play cricket, football and frisbee, which would’ve been fine only the wind wanted to play too!

And I’d been telling one of my friends we simply HAD to go in the sea, no matter how cold it was, but the water was simply f-r-r-r-r-e-e-z-i-n-g. So all we managed was a paddle till our feet were numb.

On the way back to the house we dropped by a cute little harbour town called Aberaeron where there was a fun looking annual children’s football tournament going on.

We found an amazing sweet shop nearby and got a few bagfuls of old fashioned goodies, and then we wandered down to the harbour in search of some local honey ice cream, and we sat eating it in the sunshine looking at the boats and all the kids playing, catching crabs, or even throwing jelly fish at each other!

Perhaps the best bit of the whole weekend though was the next day when we ventured back into Aberystwyth, and what did we find but the ultimate holiday activity… crazy golf. And you know what, it must’ve been the cheapest crazy golf I’ve ever played – a mere £1.65 (you could usually expect to pay almost 4 times that).

My home friends and I get very competitive (immaturely so) when it comes to this particular sport, and so it was great when one of the lads won rather unexpectedly, beating us all by a good 5 shots.

Back to the house we took one last stroll along the pebble beach nearby as the sun was beginning to set, and still hellbent on perhaps going in the sea I told the others to carry on home as we started to head back.

Maybe it was the ‘what would my dad do in this situation’ feeling I always get, or maybe it was the text I received from a jealous friend saying to dive in, but I did it, all on my own, and jumped in the sea for a very, very, very cold 5min swim, at 8pm at night. What an idiot.


Aberaeron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberaeron


  • Once in a blue moon: seldom, once in a while (or less!), basically something which happens very rarely
  • To paint a picture: to describe something, to set the scene (telling a story)
  • Tomfoolery: messing around, fooling around, joking around…
  • Goodies: nice things. Can also be used to describe the good and the bad guys in films, i.e. the goodies and the badies
  • A mere £1.65: using the word mere is like saying ‘only £1.65’, used as a diminuitive
  • Hellbent: uncontrollably keen to do something, determined, adamant

Já dá pra ver as Olimpíadas da janela

7 anos atrás ----- The Insider

por Milo Steelefox, de Londres*

The other week I went on a tour of the Olympic site. And aside from basing my 10min Portuguese homework presentation on this, I thought I’d tell you guys about it, as it was rather wicked.

Plus it also links our countries, as whilst the world’s eyes begin to fall on on London for next year, Brazil will be paying close attention looking for pointers for Rio 2016.

We know, we know – how on earth do you follow Beijing? Well, that’s pretty impossible really isn’t it, but ah well, we can have crack, or just have fun trying.

Anyway, despite the typical low expectations of the English, I was quietly impressed with what’s being built in East London as they regenerate and build on a vast space in Stratford (no relation to Shakespeare, this area).

I think the event might just turn out as quirky, fresh and modern as the controversial official logo!

The Velodrome, all wooden and shaped rather like a Pringle, is looking pretty. The Olympic Stadium’s almost complete, and the Aquatic Centre’s coming on well. And sat smack bang between the two, costing £22m, is Britain’s most expensive piece of public art, The Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor.

When complete the rollercoaster-looking tower will stand 114m tall – it was perhaps half way there when I visited – and you can bet the view from the top is gonna be amazing. Check out this short video for an idea of how it’s being made.

But the icing on the cake was a novel project which cost half a million pounds and was whipped up in just 3 month, being a cubic green café called The View Tube.

Pretty much sat as close as you can get to the stadium, the café quite simply offers “a view, a brew, and a pee”, allowing members of the public to get up close and see how the development is coming on, with a classroom space for school groups too.

I was well impressed, but even more so, according to our tour guide, were the Brazilian Olympic officials who were visiting the week previous – so keep your eyes peeled for a View Tube café in Rio in about 5 years time…

Know More

Official London 2012 website: http://www.london2012.com/

The View Tube website: http://www.theviewtube.co.uk/

Video about The Orbit, by Anish Kapoor: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12584721


  • Wicked: nothing to do with being evil, but rather meaning amazing, brilliant, cool
  • Pointers: clues as to how something could be done
  • To have a crack: quite simply, to have a go, to try
  • Stratford:: a little trivia for you… Stratford (the full name of which is Stratford-upon-Avon) is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, whilst it is also the name of the area of London which is being redeveloped for the Olympics
  • Quirky: like perculiar, different, novel, intriguing
  • Smack bang:an expression used to say right in the very middle of…
  • Gonna: abbreviation of ‘going to’
  • Icing on the cake: the best bit, ‘the star of the show’, a cereja no bolo
  • Whipped up: made, created, to be done
  • A view, a brew and a pee: in other words, the chance to see the Olympic site, have a cup of tea and go to the toilet, ‘brew’ meaning a tea, as you brew the leaves in order to make it
  • Well impressed: this is the same as saying ‘I was very impressed’, although it’s more slang, so your teachers might not approve

TOP 5 – UK Summer Festivals

8 anos atrás ----- Blog The Insider The Insider Top 5

por Milo Steelefox, direto de Londres*

Glastonbury (Worthy Farm, Pilton)

Surely the festival of all festivals, absolutely massive in both size and calibre of the diverse array of music and entertainment it offers, Glastonbury is quite something to behold. I’ve heard of friends taking 1h30 to simply get from one stage to the next just becase it’s so big and full of people. It’s not the easiest of festivals to get a ticket for either, they seem to evaporate almost as soon as they go on sale, and this year perhaps more rapidly so than ever given that there’ll not be a festival next year, so you’d have to wait until 2013! But if you were going this year you’d be treated to the headline acts of U2, Coldplay, Beyoncé, The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Wu-Tang Clan, Friendly Fires, and no end of other incredible acts. Take a look at the website for a better flavour, and there’s even a film about the festival that you can check out!

The Big Chill
(Eastnor Deer Park, Herefordshire)

OK, now yes I’m a little biased on this one given that it’s a stone’s throw from where I grew up, practically my back garden, but it is brilliant and dearly loved. Saying that, the festival has lost a lot of its regular crowd following a change in ownership, and it’s certainly taking on a younger vibe, moving away from the supremely chilled family atmosphere of before. With one of the most exciting line-ups of the summer, this year’s edition of The Big Chill boasts big guns like The Chemical Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Calvin Harris, with an exclusive headline set from Kanye West, plus other highlights such as Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, and the UK debut of multimedia electropera The Bullits, featuring Jay Electronica and Lucy Liu. Plenty to look forward to.

Reading & Leeds
(Reading and Leeds)

Now every young Englishman’s got to start somewhere and go through the gruelling initiation of the festival experience full of amazing live music… uh, rain and mud, collapsing tents, more mud… and for many teenagers that first adventure comes in the shape of the Reading and Leeds festivals. It’s basically two locations, three days of rock, pop, indie and electronic music, and the bands simply swap places between the two cities, much like Spain’s Summercase in Madrid and Barcelona. Reading was perhaps my first festival, and I only went for a day, and well, seeing Ash, then Muse (in the rain), topped off by the Foo Fighters (the crowd was steaming by that point), it was an incredible night. And I’m glad to see that Muse are back this year, joined by Elbow, Friendly Fires, My Chemical Romance and the dance outfits Simian Mobile Disco and 2 Many DJs, but surely generating the most excitement is the triumphant return of Pulp and The Strokes! What better way to spend the long 3 day August Bank Holiday?

Victoria Park, London
(Lovebox / Underage Festival / Field Day)

Right, this isn’t a mistake above with the festival and location in the wrong places, I’m just cheating for this one(!), and I’m going to nominate one of the coolest spots in London when it comes to festivals, and that’s East London’s Victoria Park. First up, founded by Groove Armada, you’ve got Lovebox (15th-17th July), which this year boasts the likes of Snoopdog, The Wombats, Metronomy, Scissor Sisters, Blondie, Robyn and Kelis. And then come August you’ve got a little something for everybody, beginning with one especially for those aged between 13-17, being Underage Festival (5th Aug), featuring Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Fighters, Miles Kane and Brother. Growing up overnight, the park then plays host to the blissful Field Day (6th August), bringing you some of the hottest indie bands around including Mount Kimbie, Anita Blay, James Blake, Baio (Vampire Weekend) and Erol Alkan. And then, mixing the kids and the adults, these two are followed by a family-friendly day of music and arts on 7th August called The Apple Cart Festival. Fun for all the family!

(Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight)

Last but by no means least, this one rounds up the festival season with a huge bang and always a super fun line-up. Now I used to go to the Isle of Wight (yes, an actual island, you gotta catch a boat!) when I was a young boy, and my family used to love going to the theme park Black Gang Chine, but only once did I go to Robin Hill Country Park, and boy should I get myself back there sometime… preferably for early in September, especially if I fancy catching the likes of The Cure, Pendulum, Primal Scream, PJ Harvey, Crystal Castles, Diplo, Katy B, Kelis, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. And if that’s not fun enough, each edition of Bestival has a fancy dress theme, and the dress code for 2011 is ‘rock stars, pop stars and divas’!

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