LATIN LONDONER #5: JULIANO FIORI

If anyone epitomises the uniqueness and strength that comes from being bi-cultural it is Juliano Fiori. Not only is he a West Londoner who is playing rugby for Brazil in the Olympics, but to do so, he’s had to juggle a full time job as head of humanitarian affairs at charity Save the Children with training. His Brazilian father, Jorge, arrived in the UK as a poitical refugee in the early seventies, with his then girlfriend, Juliano’s mother, both narrowly escaping the clutches of PInoochet and sealing Juliano’s identity as a British-Latino. "Playing for Brazil is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I never dreamed I would get,” says Juliano. “I was raised here in London but my heart has always been with Brazil.”

From my mother I’ve inherited a rebel spirit. From my father, bad jokes.

The most useful piece of advice I’ve been given is “All you need is love” (John Lennon)

The last thing I celebrated was my mother’s life and love on the fifth anniversary of her death.

I was deeply affected by A Clockwork Orange, particularly its critical treatment of morality and choice, and its haunting depiction of corrective psychiatric practices.

The most underrated virtue is loyalty.

The most overrated vice is rage; the postmodern citizen is too accepting of injustices.

No event during my adult life has been more consequential for individual freedoms than 9/11.

The thing I feel most strongly about at the momet is resistance to the coup in Brazil against the president. But I feel inspired by the movement oppose the criminality and authoritarianism of those who have led the coup.

My favourite word? I’m told by my girlfriend that I use ‘reasonable’ a lot.

The word I most dislike? C*nt. It is a word that rings with patriarchal violence. The ‘c’ is visceral, and the ‘t’ abrupt and dismissive.

I believe in equality, justice, and self-determination.

If I could go back in time I’d go to Paris on 14 July, 1789.