Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

from Photographers' Blog:

It’s been a hard day’s night… and I’ve been working like a ‘tog

By Darren Staples

You off again?" people say. "Ukraine? The Euros? You've got the best job in the world haven't you?"

So here I am, the man with 'the best job in the world', about to have a needle stuck in my backside by one half of the Mario brothers.

It wasn't meant to be like this.

As a day, it started like many others; up at 5am to catch my fourth of eleven flights during this tournament, bleary-eyed and grey I helped fellow photographers Eddie Keogh, Alexander Demianchuk and technician Magnus Storm load the taxi to the roof with our equipment.

But by the time I reached Kiev airport, something was wrong. I was doubled up in pain: a kidney infection, brought on by the 30 degree Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) heat and not drinking enough water I guess.
I never drink enough water. Rule #1 in this job is that toilets are often scarce. The worry of finding a convenient bush puts you off drinking.