BBC bus will deliver the stories of the World Cup
It might evoke images of a bad-tempered Blakey, or even a youthful and sun-kissed Cliff Richard, but I'm optimistic that a double decker bus will help the BBC tell the story of the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa.
I will be onboard the bus alongside other television, radio and online journalists, whose brief will be to find out what the tournament means to ordinary South Africans and visiting fans alike.
Previously used to cover events such as the 2005 general election, the bus has a mobile television studio on the top deck, which will allow us to broadcast into highlights programmes and at half-time during live games from a variety of interesting and unusual locations.
The bus will allow the team to broadcast from unusual locations
The bus, which left English shores on Friday, will depart Cape Town on the opening day of the World Cup, 11 June and travel the length and breadth of the country before arriving in Johannesburg for the final one month later.
From influential charity projects, regenerated townships and out-of-the way villages to wildlife parks, sites of historical importance and Fifa fan fests, the bus will enable us to search for the soul of the nation as Africa hosts its first World Cup.
Events on the pitch will create moments that we see replayed again and again but a World Cup is about so much more than the football. The crew on the bus will try to bring the untold stories to life.
Dan will continue writing his popular weekly blog, which has not only taken readers behind the scenes of Focus this season but has revealed the author's staggering and exhaustive list of culinary favourites.
As for Rob, who has been busy covering the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield for the BBC, I'm told he is looking forward to bringing his larger-than-life style of reporting to the bus. I have never actually met Rob but, as a somewhat slovenly individual, I look forward to benefitting from his lust for life.
I will be endeavouring to cover the on-field action for the BBC website, writing match reports and blogging from all the venues, but also capturing the atmosphere and emotion of the tournament.
We will be asking for your help to supply us with ideas of places to visit and people to see - and we could certainly do with a name for the bus.
In the meantime, I'll be covering the remainder of the Football League season, undertaking some safety training and persuading my wife that leaving her to look after our young son for a month is an excellent idea.