When referring to the iconic store on 5th Avenue, chances are Brazilian tourists will say its acronym as a word, not as separate letters, and of course, when these eager South American visitors to the Big Apple ask helpful New Yorkers for directions, some confusion may arise. But — make no mistake — they’ll always find their way to the celebrated toy store, arguably the most successful ever. Alas, soon dialogues between splurge-prone shoppers from Brazil and welcoming New York dwellers will very likely end like this: “Oh, you mean: ‘F.A.O. Schwarz!!’ I’m so sorry, but it’s not around anymore.”
Long gone are the days when pooches were relegated to backyards, far away from their owners, who over time became their friends and eventually best friends. As their bond grew stronger, these adorable creatures and their human companions got closer and closer — to the point that now they not only live under the very same roof but also socialize together. But it’s not all welcome mats and open doors: lots of people don’t have, don’t want to have and can’t stand dogs. So, what to do? Well, legislate on the issue, of course. New York City is about to pass a law that would allow Fido to dine at restaurants. As expected, New Yorkers are already taking sides: while many rush to make reservations, others fiercely oppose the idea. When in the Big Apple, however, don’t be surprised if you overhear something like, “Excuse me, sir? How would you like your biscuit?”
After decades of perfect sunny weather – FIFA is in the crosshairs of U.S. authorities. Several top soccer officials have been arrested in Zurich, and among them is José Maria Marin, former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, known as CBF. They will now be extradited to the United States on federal corruption charges, and according to law enforcement officials, the worst of the storm is yet to come. So FIFA’s president – though not charged – may want to keep an eye on the horizon, just in case it gets dark again.
Since the accident that left the two-time Olympian paralyzed from the neck down, never once have words of self-pity, anger or sorrow crossed her lips, not even in a whisper — quite the opposite, actually — the Brazilian faces her grueling physical therapy sessions with the unwavering determination that made her a top-class athlete – and, along with the help of a new stem cell treatment, the results are coming: she can now feel pressure on her skin and is able to know where her arms and legs are in space, which doctors see as a huge improvement. Yet a recent tattoo on her arm may more accurately define the ever optimistic 26-year-old: someone standing up from a wheelchair and slowly walking away. Go girl!! Keep on realizing your dreams.
No!! I’m not talking about Brazil. I’m talking about the land of actual kings and queens. Kate has given birth to a baby girl. Millions and millions of people are celebrating – some lucky ones even more so. After all, they’ve placed their bets on a girl. But if you’re not among them, there’s no need to worry. You can still place your wager on a name, which bookmakers believe will be either Alice, or Charlotte, or Elizabeth, or Victoria, or Diana. But then again, fortune may lie elsewhere, and who knows, going out on a limb could bring an even bigger reward, reward that might also come from picking the winner of Thursday’s British election – one of the tightest ever. If anything, let’s pop the bubbly. It’s a girl, fourth in line to the throne.