Saturday, May 22, 2010

The £1million BBC World Cup Studio on roof Cape Town Hospital not nearly ready

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Former England captain Gary Lineker might have to take the stairs to present Match of the Day from the BBC's R11 million rooftop World Cup studio in Cape Town if contractors fail to sort out a major problem that has stalled the erection of a purpose-built lift.

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                Granger Bay Boulevard closed off . On the left see BBC studio with view to Table Mountain on the roof top of Somerset Hospital

It will have marvelous views on clear days but its often misty now
but I think I will be able to see my home on tv :)

BBC Sport's dedicated World Cup website – – will provide a one-stop shop for the live World Cup , covering every kick of the tournament in South Africa

And...Sky Sports follows BBC to Cape Town with World Cup studio

                          You can see someone inside the BBC studio at work on late saturday afternoon

The Daily Mail :
The pundits' paradise: BBC lavished £1m on a World Cup studio (pity it's 1,000 miles away from the action)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday morning Bomb scare at the Cape Town Stadium on first day Fifa has full control of Cape Town Stadium

The Cape Town stadium was evacuated this morning after a bomb threat was called in. Read on here

I must say that the stadium looked dead today No life to be seen ....weird... after all the frenzied activity of these last months

Yesterday I was still able to drive along this road but today nobody is allowed close to the stadium without a special pass, its now totally sealed off and manned at the checkpoints

                      Granger Bay Boulevard Closed off You are not allowed to walk past either

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A peek through the old stadium at the new World Cup Stadium which has now been sealed off

FIFA Local Organising Committee takes over the stadium to make final venue preparations for the eight matches which the Cape Town stadium will host.

FIFA's exclusive use period for the stadium starts on Friday 21 May, but LOC officials are already on site.

As a result of the intensive construction and preparation work, the stadium area has been sealed off to members of the public and the media, unless by prior arrangement with the LOC.

The stadium operators, Sail/Stadefrance, will assist FIFA in running the 68 000-seat stadium during this time.

Anyone who has driven past the stadium in the last few weeks will have noticed an entire village of white marquee tents. These will host FIFA's MATCH Hospitality venues, and work is already under way to equip these with kitchens and ablution facilities, furniture, decor, and everything that goes with hosting international delegations in five star style, up to the crockery and cutlery.

Food and beverage stalls are also being prepared inside and outside the stadium.

Work is also under way to build the broadcasting centre outside the stadium, the cableway camera platform, and the media tribune, which will accommodate 800 journalists at the top level of seating on the same side of the stadium as the players' tunnel. There will be 32 fixed camera positions in the stadium, and positions on the pitch for an additional 200 still and video cameras.

Martin Pollack

Cape Town Stadium at night as seen from Signal Hill

Here you can read about the things you are NOT allowed to bring into the Stadium :

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Never a dull moment Look at the Cape Town Stadium and Green point Urban park


Halogen lights above the pitch, created this yellow light
it is to stimulate the growth of grass in shady areas of the pitch.

The yellow lights were switched on around midnight. They were still on in the morning and again this evening ..

Another loop of lights in the new Green Point Park was switched on today

Monday, May 17, 2010

I hope you may see Green Point and the Stadium this beautiful at sunset and by night !

                        When you are in Cape Town, do drive up Signal Hill just before sunset , its a sight you will never forget !

 Three Anchor Bay
See all the new lights along the boulevard, now you can linger a little longer after sunset ...

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I have writtn "irt" in pink , that is the small IRT staion Its not ready yet and the other "IRT Station"
I marked in pink as well, that is the large IRT Station as far as I know it is ready

Here  the same photo with the lights on


Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Urban Park Lights ! New Golf course opened today ! Its all happening in Green Point, Cape Town

We had a glorious sunny day after days of rain and fog
but the weather forecast for this week is good !

On Friday night they switched these green lights on
They are lighting up the path through the new Urban park

Sea fog makes the photo hazy Many days in autumn there is fog or mist hanging low over the
Green Point Common but click the photo its a big file You can see how much water there is lying on the grass from the rain of the last few days

You can see people playing golf on the green, it was the first day they played on the new Metropolitan
golf course There is a mixed competition tomorrow


There were even more men on the roof than the days before !

Seeing  the rusty colour of the grass lit up by the setting sun gives an autumn feel you do not really get in Green Point
I was getting cold once the sun was down and no wonder when I drove home at 7 pm I saw that it was 13 degrees on top of Signal Hill !

6 PM
Men  queuing up to go down the shaft after a hard days work