Friday, 31 August 2012

São Paulo's Coat of Arms explained

São Paulo's Coat of Arrns

Most readers are probably familiar with São Paulo's Coat of Arms but why does it take this form and what does each part represent? Here is a quick explanation.

Starting at the top we have a crown of eight towers, five of them visible. This is the symbolic representation of a state capital, São Paulo being the capital city of the state of São Paulo.

In the centre we have a warrior's right arm, flag in hand. The flag carries a depiction of the old Christian cross as worn by Portuguese sailors.

The green sprigs of leaves on either side are from the coffee plant, highlighting São Paulo's debt to the coffee industry.

And then of course you have the famous latin motto: Non Ducor Duco which translates as I am not led, I lead.

So there you have it in a nutshell; status, faith, coffee and leadership.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Brazilian winters and pineapple sellers

2012, a chilling Brazilian winter

Above is the weather forecast for the next 48 hours. As you can see the Brazilian winter can be extremely gruelling, sometimes it just gets too hot!

I consider myself quite adaptable and haven't usually had too many problems in integrating myself in a foreign country. Being open minded helps but one of the most difficult parts of this is to forget some of your pre-established associations which have often been ground into your mind from childhood. They have become so ingrained it is sometimes hard to forget them. Inmy case one of these is the idea that a winter should be cold, potentially snowy with scarves and gloves and fireplaces to keep you warm. Not really the case in São Paulo or anywhere else in Brazil for that matter.

On the other hand  one of the advantages of not having been able to unlearn these associations is that you occasionally benefit from very pleasant surprises like I did the other day when I was woken up by a travelling pineapple seller:



Now that's something you don't see too often in the depths of a British winter...

ps. the pineapples were delicious.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

São Paulo in Statistics: The 4th most tweeting city in the world



As Twitter reached and surpassed half a billion users, French social media analysts Semiocast released Twitter data from June 2012 split by world cities and ranked.

Whilst the US is the country which most tweets only New York makes the Top 5 cities, Jakarta, Tokyo, London and São Paulo being the global tweet capitals ahead of it. And as social media matures in Japan and UK we can expect São Paulo to move quickly up the ranking this year towards the number two spot.

São Paulo is ranked the 4th most tweeting city in the world

This week Twitter's Adam Bain announced the opening of a Brazilian office, date and location of which is yet to be confirmed. What are the chances they open it in the 4th most tweeting metropolis on the planet?

More São Paulo in Statistics here
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