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By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Tim Flear has been the British Consul General to Rio De Janeiro since 2006. In that time the city has undergone substantial changes that have made his job both more challenging and more demanding, as the profile of the Cidade Maravilhosa - both as a tourist and a business destination - rises around the world.

The Rio Times caught up with Mr. Flear at the British consular offices on Praia do Flamengo shortly before Christmas to get a glimpse first hand of exactly what goes on behind the doors of the consulate and his . . .

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