We expected long speeches?only to discover happily?we were tired?that the ceremony would be simple: a small child declared the Forum opened. No speeches, only the promise of a night concert. This makes reporting quite simple! Somebody commented that the newly elected Major of Porto Alegre who is a political opponent of Lula had promised to carry on the traditional hospitality of Porto Alegre. Those who feared political difficulties were mistaken?it would by utterly foolish to stand in the way of this motley crowd.