- 10 Jun 06, 01:51 AM
DORTMUND - After our technological problems with BBC World this morning, we rightly began to focus on the football.
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We settled on the main square in Dortmund to watch the opening game but after two hours baking under the harsh evening Nordrhein-Westfallen sun with only half a view of the big screen - both Costa Rica goals were offside, by the way, according to a better-placed German informant - we decided to move on.
The stadium in Dortmund is twinned with an exhibition cente, the Westfallenhalle, and tonight they were hosting a tribute to their visitors from Trinidad & Tobago.
Although mainly lost on us, acts like Shurwayne Winchester are the business in the Caribbean and we were treated to a feast of music and dance - the Soca that Trinidad's Soca Warriors are indebted to.
I wasn't expecting much to be honest but once Mr Winchester had been so kind to spare a few minutes for a BBC World Cup blog chat (video to come soon) I was sold on the whole Caribbean vibe.
There were dancers with massive floral appendages, some painted blue with devils' horns and a throng, just letting it all hang out to the butterfly.
Sadly it all had to come to an end after a steel band had hammered out their repertoire and we headed back to the camper, only to be offered a night's supply of booze by some Swedes (members of band called Lamont) who disputed my claim that Saturday's match against Trinidad and Tobago will end in a draw.
I'm off back to their caravan to argue my case, but I'm sure the Carribbean's finest will put up as good a show as they did this evening.