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New Competition by Ken Dunn on 1 November 2012 7:13pm
 
There is something amusing about the cover of Mr P's Brazil book. What is it?

Your answer must agree with mine to win the competition.

The prize is a paragraph extract, from any page you like in 'Brazil', (copyright permitting) typed out here. If you can't decide on a page then I'll pick one of my favourite paragraphs. The book has about 300 pages (I'll put in the exact number later). Once the winner has picked a page I'll post the number of paragraphs on that page for the final choice. If the page is a photograph then I'll describe the photograph in more words than the caption.
 
Re: New Competition by kazzzz on 2 November 2012 1:59am
 
Michael is standing in front of a sign that says 'ogres'. That made me laugh.
 
Re: New Competition by Ken Dunn on 2 November 2012 7:25am
 
Well done Kazzzz. You win the competition.
The book has 313 pages. I would suggest you pick a low number, between 1 and 5 for your prize.
~
Oops! I should have said low number paragraph.


I hope you and your family are all well in Australia.
 
Re: New Competition by kazzzz on 2 November 2012 1:19pm
 
Yay! As I don't have a copy of Brazil yet, I will let you pick a page Ken.
We are all well, hope that you and yours are too :-)
 
Re: New Competition by Ken Dunn on 2 November 2012 9:33pm
 
As I haven't finished the book but am enjoying it all I'll pick page 100 paragraph 1.

' At the other end of the room is a small alcove, framed by pink and green balloons, in which stand plaster figures of various saints. John the Baptist, of course, for it's his day tomorrow; but also St Peter with the keys to Heaven, St Benedict (Benedito), the black saint and patron of the slaves, and various likenesses of the Virgin Mary. In front of this 'altar' of St John is the most important element of todays proceedings, the boi - the bull. It's not at all what I expected. It's little more than a headdress, resting on supports in front of the altar, a sheath along its back embroidered in exquisite detail. The way it sits before the pink swathed 'altar' typefies this confusing - to me anyway - fusion of religion and folklore. I'm not quite sure where one ends and the other begins. Augusto tells me that the story behind Bumba Meu Boi dates back to the late eighteenth, early nineteenth centuries. Though the icons are full of imagery of Roman Catholicism, the Catholic establishment has turned its back, finding them too unorthodox, too African.

e. & o. e.
 
Re: New Competition by Ken Dunn on 2 November 2012 9:40pm
 
Competition part 2. Previous winner excluded.

What, on the cover of the book, relates to Australia but not USA?

As before your answer must agree with mine to win the competition. Same prize as before (copyright permitting).

 
Re: New Competition by Spursfan2 on 2 November 2012 10:20pm
 
Bit of a wild stab really.

Is it the stars on the Brazil flag behind him? They are astronomical stars, as in the Southern Cross on the Australian flag, whereas the stars on the Stars and Stripes are 'pictorial'??


 
Re: New Competition by Ken Dunn on 2 November 2012 11:36pm
 
You are so close to the answer Sf2. I can't accept your reasoning. You have stars relating to both USA and Australia.
 
Re: New Competition by suzulu on 3 November 2012 3:05am
 
The national colours of Australia are green and yellow/gold as Brazil?
 
Re: New Competition by Ken Dunn on 3 November 2012 11:16am
 
I don't see USA in your reasoning Sf2.
 
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