LA, Amsterdam, Barcelona and... Grimsby
I have been to some amazing places since I started presenting Football Focus. Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Barcelona spring to mind. This week I was asked to go somewhere very special... Grimsby.
Before you Grimsbonians out there get too excited, the visit had little to do with the club. I am sworn to secrecy about the reasons for our trip but let me just say that it was of historical significance and involved some snazzy filming down on the beach.
Cameraman Keith Wade and I had left London at 0745 GMT on Thursday, the day after England's painful pummelling by the French, and picked up producer Stu Hutchison in Watford. Stu has a deep love of the Hornets and mentions them at least 16 times per day in conversation. He is also editing the show this week, so if Focus starts with a montage of Robert Page's greatest tackles, you know why.
Focus makes the trip up to Grimsby
We eventually arrived on the beach in Grimsby at about 1130, aware that we had to get everything done in a rush so we could catch the train back from Doncaster at about 1500. Now you can't go to Grimsby without eating fish and chips, so we bought three portions to slay on the spot and a fourth for filming purposes.
We needed a chip cone for the TV bit but making one out of a newspaper is a lot more difficult than it looks. I spent some of my teenage life working in a fast food restaurant but was never taught the art of "coning". My first attempt was particularly poor, with far too much newspaper hanging out at the bottom. By my fourth try, it started to resemble a cone but it lacked the sharp lines you would expect from a professional.
Filming took about 40 minutes so the fish and the chips were freezing cold and covered in sand by the end. Sadly, they still needed nibbling for the purposes of the piece. There were seagulls everywhere, the tide was coming in like a beast and it was about minus 403 degrees. Yet everything went to plan and we had a good laugh.
The stuff on the beach will feature in the opening to this week's Football Focus (BBC One, 1215 GMT), so make sure you do not miss the start.
In other news, it has been a while since I have done a behind-the-scenes video for this blog, so I have remied that. If you have ever fancied a job as a director, editor, production assistant or vision mixer - or you're just nosey - make sure you take a peek.
We also have Jose Mourinho and Roy Keane on this week's Focus. We will hoover up the rest of the week's news, too, and look ahead to the vote to decide the hosts of the 2018 World Cup. The Football Association has given us Daniel Sturridge to speak to given he could be part of the England team in eight years' time.
That got us thinking. Instead of a themed XI this week, we asked Guy Mowbray, who commentates on England for BBC TV, to give us his potential XI for the 2018 World Cup. He only had five minutes but his selection is below. It would be good to hear your view.
England 2018: Joe Hart; Micah Richards, Kieran Gibbs, Martin Kelly, Phil Jones; Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Josh McEachran, Adam Johnson; Andy Carroll, Daniel Sturridge.
As ever, the best way to follow all the build up to the show is via twitter.com/danwalkerbbc. If you've got a comment about this blog, Guy's team, or Focus itself than just whack it down below.