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Opinion, by Felicity Clarke

RIO DE JANEIRO - At the start of the World Cup a television appeared in the house. As well as facilitating a thorough viewing of the Cup's proceedings (which have been emotional), it has become a near-constant distraction and a window into the wonderful world of Brazilian television.

With no knowledge of the story lines, I left the famous soap operas alone and instead have found myself glued to a blurry mix of game shows, news . . .

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