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On the road to Bloemfontein, a birthday party in the desert

By David Goldblatt  

Yellow cards collected during the group stages of the World Cup are cancelled when it comes to the knock-out stages, so too were my responses to England’s opening games. I decided to expunge the memory of those performances from my mind. I bought a beaded vuvuzela in England colours and I was determined to spend the long drive from Cape Town having positive and optimistic thoughts.

When I say long drive, I mean very long drive; over 1000km first, through the…

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