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Who do you want England to avoid?

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:35 UK time, Friday, 4 December 2009


Who do you want England to avoid in the World Cup draw? Or maybe you want your team to avoid playing England in the group games.

The draw is live at 5.30pm on 5 live this afternoon. For the city of Cape Town where we're broadcasting from today, it's the last big test before next year's World Cup.

We're setting up our radio equipment on the second floor of a cafe on Long Street, one of the main tourist streets in the city. Soon this area will be packed full of South Africans for a day-long football festival.

Yesterday we went to Khayelitsha, a huge township between Cape Town airport and the centre of the city. It's one of the poorest parts of this region. Have a look at this short film we made when we were there.

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  • 1. At 10:20am on 04 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    I don't care who is draw against whom. I do care that the draw could have been relayed straight from South Africa without the need for an expensive jaunt abroad for a BBC team of media people.

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  • 2. At 10:22am on 04 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    Is that an elephant loose in the room VD is reporting from? It's a terrible din.

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  • 3. At 10:30am on 04 Dec 2009, carrie wrote:

    Not listening but zeldalicious, do you think it just might be an elephant in the corner?

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  • 4. At 10:37am on 04 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    Could be!

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  • 5. At 11:06am on 04 Dec 2009, cassandra wrote:

    Just what IS the point of this blog anymore? Can't the BBC see how the user level has gone down so significantly to render it pointless? Or is that precisely the point. Provide us with a 'platform' then when we don't use it, they can remove it saying it wasn't used. Then everyone can go to the dreaded facebook!

    I hate that the subjects are so prescribed by the BBC. 5live has really lost it's integrity......

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  • 6. At 11:07am on 04 Dec 2009, wendymann wrote:

    so the 'bonus' culture is alive and well in the bbc. does vicky bring anything to the table by being in africa .. i dont think so.

    did vicky d have anything to say about the way the uk reneged on its commitment to the zimbabweans with regard to land reform yesterday

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  • 7. At 11:09am on 04 Dec 2009, wendymann wrote:

    "Or is that precisely the point"

    yes thats the point, also the point is to direct your thinking in the direction that they need.

    " 5live has really lost it's integrity......"

    doesnt one need integrity for it to be lost?

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  • 8. At 11:29am on 04 Dec 2009, Binkie wrote:

    Is there a recession happening at the moment ?

    Not at the BBC it would appear.

    What an absolute waste of licence payers money this gravy train jaunt has been for Victoria and gods knows how BBC many crew members.

    A programme consisting of filling in time for 3 hours fully 6 hours before the actual draw !It's criminal.

    Don't ask me to pay anymore towards the BBC if this is how you pour our money down the drain with pointless programmes such as this.

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  • 9. At 12:03pm on 04 Dec 2009, cassandra wrote:

    Why is Victoria so persistantly anti anything English?

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  • 10. At 12:27pm on 04 Dec 2009, Paul wrote:

    I'd like England to avoid everyone and be given a bye to the final.

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  • 11. At 10:21am on 05 Dec 2009, John Kerlen wrote:

    Karma it seems comes in small packages: A news story from South Africa, not reported in the mainstream media just yet. Which is surprising since it involves a BBC crew and equipment bought with OUR licence fees. So Vicky sweet-heart believe us about crime in S.A. yet? Not sure if it was your crew or not but there you go!

    Foreign journalists have been warned to be on their guard against criminals after two international TV crews were robbed in Cape Town.

    Members of a German news crew were held up at knifepoint off Long Street, wjhile a BBC crew had equipment worth an estimated R120 000 stolen from their vehicle while filming on Ou Kaapse Weg.

    The BBC crew has been in Cape Town for four weeks filming a documentary on the power of football to change people’s lives – specifically disadvantaged youth.

    They are due to leave this weekend.

    Producer Andrew Ball said they had been shooting the Cape Flats from Ou Kaapse Weg when the thieves struck. The thieves smashed a window in their vehicle and made off with highly specialised lenses, radio mikes and other camera equipment that would be “useless” to an unprofessional crew.

    “We weren’t that far away, but they were so quick – in and out like a flash.”

    But Bell said they had been robbed in London and Liverpool too.

    “Cape Town is like any other city in the world. You have to adapt and just get on with it. Overall it’s been amazing. We’ve seen a slice of life you’d never see if you came on holiday.”

    Police spokesman Rodney Franks confirmed that a charge of theft had been opened.

    Linzi thimas, of the MyLife Foundation which works with street children, said the German crew was walking to their hired car off Long Street when a gang of men accosted them with knives. The Germans, both men, were forced to hand over wallets, air tickets and cellphones

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