Football distracting from grotesque reality of Brazil
Letter from Salvador - Host nation's inequality and poverty is the rotten truth at heart of this World Cup
Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30
We've had ourselves a fun few days in Salvador, not least on Friday when the Dutch blew our minds.
Gazing out at the South Atlantic Ocean, Salvador became a slave-trade hub when the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century and it remains very much the centre of Afro-Brazilian culture; full of hustle and bustle, music, sunshine, god-awful traffic and a daunting kind of vibrancy which comes to feel very normal, very quickly.
The poverty here is inescapable. And the biggest cliches are borne out in the most cliched of ways.