- 10 Jun 06, 07:49 AM
LONDON - Good news for BBC South East's Rob Smith, who is finally on his way to Germany (and should have arrived by now).
Smith, familiar to those in Kent, Surrey & Sussex as a presenter on TV show South East Today, is travelling in a genuine VW camper (unlike Fletch and Ricco who have a big ugly white box thing) - though it appears to have let him down.
Stat of the day from Nicky Campbell on Five Live's superb wall-to-wall World Cup coverage (I know I am biased but it really is good, no?).
If David Beckham or Michael Owen score, they will become only the second British player to score in three successive World Cup finals (the first was Joe Jordan, in 1974, 1978 & 1982).
I know Campbell is not everyone's cup of tea but he does have a neat turn of phrase. Many journalists wrote many words about Sven's forthright and passionate outburst following Wayne Rooney's return to Germany. "The mouse that (finally) roared," was how many described him.
Campbell's description made me laugh the most - along the lines of: "He's like the mild-mannered geek in your office who sits in the corner and says nothing all year then gets drunk at the Christmas party".
I also found out via Five Live's match commentary of the Ecuador game (don't fancy meeting them much but then again Poland were atrocious..) that the country is the biggest exporter of bananas in the world.
A few other snippets before I go..
The Press Association are reporting that:
The partner of England football star Frank Lampard was kicked off a World Cup flight when she threw a tantrum on the Tarmac, British Airways said today. Elen Rives, 28, swore at plane staff when she was told at Heathrow she had too much hand luggage to take in the Club Class cabin to Stuttgart, Germany.
Another row has also hit Togo's chances (??) - the coach has quit in a dispute over money.
I don't want to tempt fate, but few reports of trouble in Germany yet.
There are an estimated 30,000 England fans in Frankfurt for today's game - and according to reports from several news agencies this morning, police made only 20 arrests last night (some English, some German, some Polish) after a bit of a stand-off in the central Roemer Square, (fans chanting '10 German Bombers', apparently) and in the red light district by the main train station.
The Associated Press said there were 19 arrests in Berlin where more than 300,000 people gathered on the so-called 'fan mile' in front of the Brandenburg Gate to watch hosts Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 on giant television screens.
No problems in Munich either.
Claire S, blog editor