PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ohomen171
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 160
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all ohomen171's badges.
 

Discovering An Old Friend In Rio de Janeiro From 35 Years Ago

05 May 2014, 14:37
  I realized yesterday that a lady who I swam with lived in Rio in the 70's as I did. I discovered it quite by accident. She always swims in the same lane I do. She is a lady in her 60's and often treads water. Her name is Cathy.
   I over heard her discussing Rio de Janeiro and Brasil. I got curious and asked her if she had lived there. Sure enough, she had lived near the Corcovado from 1977 to 1980. Her husband had been a diver for an oil company. We had a lively conversation. We talked about the wonderful things in Rio and the sad things like the favelas, street robbers, the rough police ("I would rather have ten years in prison than one night in the police station"-an old Rio saying) and the DOPS. When we started to discuss Lord Jim's Pub, a light went on in her brain. After 34-35 years she remembered me! I was touched.
     Most interesting, I mentioned the point that our Rio experience showed us what it was like to live in a society where people are either upper middle class and wealthy or poor. She got very serious and told me that the US was going the same way. I agreed with her.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Onthatile Mogotji
Back to colonialization – 39 year...

In 1976 students all over South Africa protested when the government of the time wanted to introduce Afrikaans into black schools. The infamous Soweto uprising and the killing of people as a consequence. Read more...

10 comments 863 views
Submitted by
Blackie Coco White
Why racism in rugby must fall...

On that fateful day in 1995, when a great black icon - other than Shaka or Dingaan - dared to cross the threshold of a laager, time stood still... And a country held its collective breath.  Read more...

9 comments 377 views
Submitted by
Hubert Khobane
R 19 billion and 36 000 ghost emp...

The Northwest Province has set a record, no not a local record, nor a national record, but for that matter and international record! Read more...

3 comments 493 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
Memories OF Rats On Okinawa 44 Ye...

Last night Elena made a list of all of the countries that she had visited around the world. Her list came to 22-23 countries. Read more...

6 comments 693 views
Submitted by
Edward Strick
Farewell South Africa

Leaving South Africa is extremely hard no matter how excited you are about your new ventures, the exit stamp at immigration is your first “final boarding call”.  Read more...

22 comments 3822 views
Submitted by
Nelson Kgwete
Public servants are already force...

Axed EFF MP Andile Mngxitama is attempting to revive his political career through a new movement called Land First Black First and is threatening to stage a revolution that would see, amongst other things, public representatives and government officials being compelled to use government facilities, including schools and hospitals.  Read more...

2 comments 528 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.