U-27 Navio Visit
Rio Olympic Party
What is Caipirinha?
Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lime. Cachaça, also known as Pinga or Caninha, is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage. Although both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products, in cachaça the alcohol results from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice that is then distilled, while rum is usually made from refinery by-products such as molasses.
ABS Caipirinha Party
On the 14th of July we hosted our annual Caipirinha party where our members and friends could enjoy caipirinhas music and food. The Party is one of our main events every year and this year was no exception!
The event was a Parliamentary drinks reception to celebrate the passing of the Olympic baton from the UK to Brazil, and from London to Rio. During the event speakers discussed the importance of bilateral relations between Brazil and the UK, and the central role that the Olympic and Paralympic Games has played in fostering stronger ties between the two countries.
Brazilian musician Marcelo Andrade previewing one of the tunes which would serve as entertainment for the event.
Alan Charlton Talk
About the Book
“Somehow the mantra became that I went to the embassy to shake my briefcase.”
Alan Charlton couldn't describe diplomacy to his small children beyond saying he went to the Embassy to shake his briefcase.
His new autobiography tells stories about his career in foreign affairs. Shaking my Briefcase explores the serious and comical sides of Alan’s life as a British diplomat in the Middle East, Germany, the Home Front (including peace negotiations on Former Yugoslavia), the United States and Brazil. He learned Arabic and was posted first to Jordan, where he supported the Queen’s ground-breaking visit in 1984. He was then Israel desk officer in the Foreign Office, where he was also involved with the British hostages in Lebanon. He served in Berlin before, during and after the Fall of the Wall and met Rudolf Hess. He was Deputy Chief of the Cabinet Office Assessments Staff during the Iraq-Kuwait war before his toughest assignment, working on Former Yugoslavia including at the Dayton Peace talks in 1995. After spells back in Germany as Deputy Head of Mission and as HR Director in the Foreign Office, he concluded his career as Deputy Head of Mission in Washington and finally British Ambassador to Brazil.
Shaking my Briefcase will appeal to anyone who enjoys a stimulating autobiography including fascinating stories and a twist of humour. It will also appeal to those interested in diplomacy and some of the key foreign affairs’ issues of our time.
We launched our first Movie Night at the Embassy of Brazil on the 27th of April. The film shown was Que Horas Ela Volta? (The Second Mother) a film about unspoken class barriers that exist within a home which comes crashing down when the live-in housekeeper's daughter suddenly appears.