Commodity boom powers Brazil up economic world order

Tom Phillips – The Guardian, 03/06/2012

On the screen an awestruck Nicole Kidman stares down at Rio’s spectacular, undulating mountains from the comfort of an executive jet.

She steps onto the tarmac and is ushered into a stretch limousine. It carries her through the sun-kissed streets of this seaside city, past the Sugar Loaf mountain and along Ipanema beach to the seductive beat of a bossa nova.

Finally, Kidman emerges from the car and sweeps down a green carpet in a skin-tight red ballgown, surrounded by paparazzi. Her destination? Rio’s Village Mall, a R$350m (£125m) luxury shopping centre being erected in Barra da Tijuca, a rapidly growing neighbourhood in the city’s west zone.

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