December 09, 2009
Lessons from Long Street
Photo courtesy Deon Gurling
Even the meanest sceptic (and at the end of a long year that was almost me) could not fail to be overwhelmed by the energy on Long Street this past weekend. I was lucky enough to be there on the evening of the World Cup Final Draw, which showed a pink-tinted, beautifully warm Cape Town at its best.
This is what I took home with me:
- Cape Town is definitely ready to welcome the world! The event was well controlled, well marketed and well attended. Hooray!
- Capetonians are Living it. Loving it. LOUDER!
- Capetonians love Charlize Theron (American accent or not, bokkie).
- David Beckham looks hot on screen but should have come down to Long Street to diski dance with us brothers and sisters – next time!
- Capetonians support Bafana Bafana in their hearts but are also mad about Brazil, the Netherlands, England and Italy.
- Green plastic toilets without lights are not good – if you are coming to a fan park at night, bring a torch, loo paper and hand sanitiser. If you are an entrepreneur, sell these packs to people in the queue.
- Nearby restaurants and bars would do well to get themselves a big screen for crowd-phobic followers and should also think about providing other entertainments for bored partners and foot-weary folks whose teams are losing badly!
- Makarabas are the fashion headwear item of 2010 – but I did see some interesting-looking ear-things.
- It’s not true that Cape Town is a white elitist city – seeing is believing.
- Fan parks are sure to be choice pick-up zones next year – all that excitement seems to lead to plenty of flirting!
- Slogan t-shirts are all the rage – the best Cape Town ones are available at Cape Town Tourism’s Burg Street Visitor Information Centre.
- Blowing a vuvuzela successfully requires practice and African-size lung capacity.
I just can’t wait for June 2010 – wouldn’t miss it for the world!