Category Archives: South Africa

Documenting a summer at the FIFA World Cup…

Gandhi. Some fellah.

You think you know Gandhi? My arse you do. So the tenuous lead-in before the funny facts… Great South Africans was a 2004 TV show that looked to count down the country’s most important figures but was cancelled due to … Continue reading

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I AM ONE // Happy birthday blog

Birthday Bumps!!! So a year ago I was just arriving in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA world cup and figured it would be useful to have an online depository for travel writing, videos, photos and your typical self-effacing and … Continue reading

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The return to the Cape

A fortnight ago already, yoiks… [click here for high-res pics] So I haven’t abandoned the blog. The last 2 weeks have been rather barmy. I posted the Joburg pictures the night before a horrible 20 hours of crowded connecting flights, … Continue reading

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“You aint gonna lose your life brother, maybe just your wallet, eh!” – Johannesburg thoughts & photos

Seriously forget the statistics. Tis grand. So back in spring when I was looking at the world cup timetable trying to work out just how I could maximise my time around South Africa, I was really reluctant to apply for … Continue reading

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The limbo week [eh... "Central South Africa"?!] w/photos

I didn’t get lost or manage to find myself. Success? Yes! – Pictures from the limbo week – “Free State [Clarens, Kimberley & Bloemfontein]“ So I left Durban a fortnight ago now knowing it was 6 days until my next … Continue reading

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From Durban to Jozi, photos LITERALLY from the road

I know it’s illegal to take pictures while driving… These are some quick poorly framed and lit snapshots I took, mostly with my phone, over the last 10 days or so while driving between Durban and Johannesburg via Free State. … Continue reading

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One thing I like… The Bill

A slightly misleading post title, this is nothing to do with the classic ITV police drama. I’m not sure if it’s a common practice in other countries but thebar/restaurant billing system in South Africa may well be one of my … Continue reading

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Sand, skater boyz and stupidly signposted streets [Durban photos]

Here’s a few photos of my five days in Durban, including the two matches and some beach action. As I outlined in my other post, the city displays huge contrasts of wealth, class and colour in various areas. While I … Continue reading

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“I feel safer here than I did in Brixton!” [Durban thoughts]

Greetings from the middle of nowhere! One of the things that almost every travelling fan I’ve spoken too is agreed on is the lack of nationwide transport options here in South Africa. I’ve concluded, despite what anyone says, the only … Continue reading

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Real elephants, fake dinosaurs & Ronaldo’s heavy breathing (Port Elizabeth photos)

I ended up with quite a bit of rain in Port Elizabeth. And lets face it, nowhere looks its best in the rain. P.E.’s position at the end of the Garden Route and the edge of the Eastern Cape means … Continue reading

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Sneaky Thierry, the carnival & a dead monkey (Cape Town photos pt2)

As promised, here’s a pictorial summary of the latter days of my Cape Town adventure. [see high-res]

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25 people in a P.E. Hiace

The taxi system in Port Elizabeth is the absolute business. I got here after a 9 hour drive from Cape Town on Saturday passing through the famous Garden route. Saw some bitching ostriches and quite a lot of pretty landscapes … Continue reading

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The calm before the storm [and a creepy Ally McCoist "encounter"...]

OK, I’m lying so it’s not at all calm. I’ve nipped in off of Cape Town’s Long Street to an internet cafe for a while as it’s pretty deafening between the continuous drone of vuvuzelas and a wrath of accompanying … Continue reading

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Cape Town is, eh, “ready” for the World Cup

I mean with 96 hours to go you’d kind of hope that they were on top of things… South Africa is world-renowned for being ridiculously disorganised and dangerous. Happy to report that so far there’s little evidence of either so … Continue reading

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