Friday, June 11
So, here it is. After four years of waiting the world's greatest show is about to begin again. I can't believe it.
There is an amazing buzz in Johannesburg. I woke up at 7am and, already, you could hear the 'swarm of bees' sound of the vuvuzelas being blown around the neighbourhood.
FIFA Mondial are interviewing Bjorn in the garden as I write this, and I will soon set off for the centre of the city to find a place to watch the opening match between South Africa and Mexico.
One of my mates, Geordie Robin, is due to land at Johannesburg Airport in the next hour and, some time today, we will set off for Rustenburg where England play the United States tomorrow.
Please continue to follow this blog as I will be writing updates throughout the World Cup from all around the country.
I am extremely fortunate to have tickets to all the England matches, so please think of me inside the stadiums and will on the England team werever you are watching the games!
(Even if you are Scottish or Irish)
Friday, May 28
It is football friday in South Africa. Each and every friday South Africans are encouraged to 'dress down' for work by wearing the Bafana Bafana's colours into the office as a show of national unity.
Seems like every second South African now owns a national team shirt.
The locals are extra happy today after South Africa continued its impressive World Cup build up with another victory last night; this time a 2-1 win over Columbia in front of 90,000 at an (as ever) noisy Soccer City. Bafana Bafana are growing in confidence despite the best efforts of the nation's media to knock them down.
Brazil became the second team to arrive in South Africa on thursday. I think the Samba boys are going to find Joburg a bit chilly with temperatures dropping close to zero some evenings.
Bjorn is giving a presentation to the PSL today as way of thanks for their help since we arrived in South Africa. The biking Viking is about to give an hour long interactive show chronicling his 11-month journey from Norway to South Africa.