Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and is partly a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is famous for its carnival and music as well as its beaches but it also boasts a current modern world wonder in the statue of Christ the Redeemer high above the city on the Corcovado Mountain. Other sites to visit in Rio include Sugarloaf Mountain, Sambodromo, Botafogo Cave, Maracana Stadium, Paco Imperial, Municipal Theatre, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Barra da Tijuca, and the Museum of Natural History.

There are many historic churches all over the city including the Candeleria Church and Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. Rio is known for the samba and bossa nova music traditions. Famous beaches worth visiting in the city include Ipanema and Copacabana.

Typical food of Rio include feijoada which a black bean stew with pork and pepper and orange peel, chirrasco which is meat roasted over an open ground pit, leao veloso or shrimp head soup.

Some places to try Brazilian cuisine in the city include Cachambeer, Rio Scenarium, and Olympe.


Tim Roth for Sepp Blatter film


British actor Tim Roth has signed up to star as the head of football’s world governing body FIFA in a new movie about Joseph Sepp Blatter.

Blatter the Swiss boss of the football body and the movie will be based on his life and will not only coincide with the FIFA World Cup Football Finals inBrazil in 2014 but also the 110th anniversary of the Geneva-based organisation.French star Gerard Depardieu will also star in the film.

The movie will be made by a French production company and will tell about the formation of FIFA in 1904 to the present day.

Roth will play Blatter while Depardieu will play the former FIFA president Jules Rimet after whom the World Cup trophy is named. Rimet was president of FIFA from 1921 to 1954.

Blatter, who is often controversial, has said he is pleased about the casting for the film and is happy about being portrayed by Roth on film.

“I had read a lot of the CV and (seen) all the realisations (films) that Tim Roth has made. I was very eager to meet him, and I have just realised that really we have something in common,” Blatter was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Filming for the movie will take place in FranceBrazil, and Azerbaijan.


British musicians on the rise

British musicians such as Adele and Calvin Harris have helped the country’s music revenues go past the £188m in royalties from overseas.

PRS for Music collects royalties from overseas on behalf of UK songwriters, composers, and music publishers and the body says the big hits from the two top performing British artists have helped push revenues.

In 2011 alone, UK songwriters and composers earned £187.7m. That was a 10% from 2010. The income earned overseas has also doubled over the last ten years.

Revenues are said to have increased within the last ten years primarily because of how popular British music is and because of improved licensing.

Harris and Adele are popular amongst American singers who have also asked them to write their songs.

Those include Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Amongst the biggest consumers of British music are Brazil and China.

British artists also show interest in the country by performing in Brazil since it was awarded the 2014 FIFA World Cup of Football and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Royalties received from online sales by UK songwriters, composers and music publishers have increased within the last few years and should double by the year 2022.