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World Cup Sid's day out in Durban

Last updated on: June 26, 2010 00:42 IST

Afro hairdo to look like the locals

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I begin my second day in Durban, with a mission to get a World Cup look.

And what better way than an Afro hairdo to look like the locals.

Location: Capelli's.


Photographs: Siddhantha Pinto
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Tradition becomes religion across the Hindu world

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As I drive through Durban, the Indian homes, with their distinct paint colours to demarcate ownership -- even though they share the same wall -- and Hindu prayer flags are pointed out to me.

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A puja is held every year after which these flags are hoisted. They flutter away to spread good karma and prayers, much like my friends in the Himalayas. Strange how tradition becomes religion across the Hindu world.



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Classic Durban

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Classic Durban.

Hindu Temple on right. Mosque across the road on left



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Topography of Durban undulating

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The topography of Durban is very undulating, with drivers needing skill on its many steep slopes.

From the top of this road, we get a great view of Durban on our way to the Fan Park



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Military Base in Durban

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The Military Base in Durban.

On high alert to protect the biggest sporting event in the world.



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Festive atmosphere near Fan Park

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With the backdrop of Durban's Town Hall, the sounds and vibes become more festive as we near the Fan Park.



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Town Hall

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Convention centre

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Durban's world-famous convention centre.



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Indian fans ready for the action

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Local Indians with football on their minds.



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Set for the show

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Fantastic atmosphere

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This crowd had the cheap seats, with the huge screen, at least 150 metres away.

Entry to a fan park across South Africa is free, with live sound and light shows, plenty of food and drink, high security at their entry points.

And, a fantastic atmosphere guaranteed.



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Bafana Bafana score

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Bafana Bafana score! All hell breaks lose.

To score against France... history!



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No excuse to party

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South Africans need no excuse to party. And when they DO have a reason.

Well, let the picture speak!



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Beautiful day

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Think U2 concert.

Massive stage, with world-class sound and lights.

Think U2 concert crowd, spread over an entire beach. This time the band performing is asked to leave the stage and a giant screen takes over.

It truly is a beautiful day!



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Bafana doing the impossible

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Bafana score again!!

The impossible seems possible.



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When you're the host nation, impossible is nothing

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The celebration is intoxicating.

Two more goals required against France. Piece of cake.

When it's the World Cup and you're the host nation, impossible is nothing.



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Tropicana Fan Park

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Durban beach front, Tropicana Fan Park.



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Durban beach front

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Durban beach front, Tropicana Fan Park



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'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa'

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Bafana fan. Vocabulary limited to 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!

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Free hugs!

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Limited vocabulary leads to free hugs.



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