Making the front page
I had a rude awakening this morning, firstly from a car horn being blown outside at 6am, then from the front page of Guyana’s Kaieteur News.
Under the headline “BBC’s Martin Gough insulting journalism” a comment piece roundly lambasts yesterday’s blog in which I described my first two days in Guyana.
“To witness the gutter journalism from a BBC Sport correspondent is the largest indication to date that British society has certainly declined,” it says.
“Please don’t come again Mr Gough. We recommend a life for you on some small Pacific island.”
Needless to say, I was a little taken aback.
The sort of descriptive piece I could easily have written a few months ago after a stroll around Wembley Stadium on a gloomy day has been read as an indictment of a nation.
My colleague Michael Hortin from BBC Regions has been trying to book an interview with Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo, who apparently has been an avid reader too.
If you took offence, I apologise. I am in Guyana for 14 more days, during which time I expect to have far more positive experiences to pass on and I hope it won’t all be taken in the same way.
(Click here to see Martin talking about the reaction to his column on BBC World's "My Cricket World Cup")
Meanwhile, an update from yesterday’s trip to the zoo: Ravi Bopara was pleased to see the big cats, including a lion, but didn’t manage to see the manatees, for which the zoo is most famous.