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Archives for April 2010

Focus enters the final straight

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Dan Walker | 16:19 UK time, Thursday, 29 April 2010

Bonjour everybody. Can you believe there are only two programmes and three blogs - including this one - left this season? Thankfully we have the World Cup to keep us entertained and this week's effort will be largely focused on the BBC's recent World Cup press day.

You will also find the latest 'Behind the Scenes' from our interview with actor and comedian Rik Mayall if you scroll down far enough.

The World Cup press day is something of a logistical beast. Everybody who is going to South Africa with the BBC this summer was summoned to TV Centre in Shepherd's Bush to speak to the assembled representatives of her majesty's media.

New Match Of The Day 2 presenter Colin Murray only knew 24 hours beforehand that he would be part of our BBC coverage in South Africa, so he couldn't make it, Mick McCarthy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gordon Strachan were all busy training, while Clarence Seedorf and Jurgen Klinsmann, our new World Cup pundits, were overseas.

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Legends at the Nou Camp

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Dan Walker | 11:12 UK time, Thursday, 22 April 2010

On a ferry in Belfast

The volcanic ash cloud has delayed my return from Ireland so a boat to Stranraer beckons. Then I am hitching a lift to London with a methodist minister called Mark and a primary school teacher from Cambridge called Heather.

We have enough fig rolls to keep us going until Carlisle and I have already eaten a famous Ulster Fry. Soda bread, potato bread, scotch pancake, egg, sausage, beans, bacon, mushrooms and tomato might represent coronary carnage, but it is definitely the breakfast of champions!

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Messi, Cruyff and my trip to Barca

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Dan Walker | 16:10 UK time, Thursday, 15 April 2010

Regular readers of this blog will know I went to Barcelona last week to interview the president Joan Laporta for Football Focus, which you can watch by clicking the link.

Sadly, the second leg of the journey to Milan did not come off. No matter, the visit to Catalonia was incredible. We got our meeting with El Presidente - eventually - but along the way we also encountered Lionel Messi, half the Barcelona squad, Eusebio, Sir Bobby Charlton and Johan Cruyff.

This is part one of the story of our trip - part two will follow next week.

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Flight drama for Focus

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Dan Walker | 12:30 UK time, Wednesday, 7 April 2010

I am off to Barcelona and Milan this week to do a spot of filming in the company of some very important people.

After spending a few hours with Barca president Joan Laporta and interviewing a few players, I fly to Milan for Clarence Seedorf's charity bash, where I will hopefully grab a word with some significant football faces.

I think this might qualify as the most showbiz week of my life, eclipsing the time I interviewed Dannii Minogue and The Chuckle Brothers in the space of three days.

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The highs and lows of press box food

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Dan Walker | 07:52 UK time, Thursday, 1 April 2010

Greetings and salutations! I am actually enjoying some time away with the family this week in not-so-sunny Devon.

We left as soon as we were finished at White Hart Lane on Saturday - our latest on-the-road production this season. I hope you enjoyed it.

I received plenty of angry emails from Arsenal fans - as many as I got from Tottenham supporters when the programme came live from the Emirates earlier this year - berating us for our choice of venue.

You can never please everyone but I thought Focus had a good pace to it and it was great to have Sir Les Ferdinand giving his insight as Spurs chase a top-four finish.

In a bid to turn me into a Tottenham fan, my dad took me to a game at White Hart Lane back in the late 1980s. We watched Spurs play Stoke City. I remember Glenn Hoddle but little else.

There was about a 10-year wait before I returned - this time to the press box to watch Hoddle manage the side. Sitting in the same seat on Saturday brought back memories.

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