ENGLAND’S World Cup demise has failed to dampen the spirit of those lucky enough to be in Brazil for the footballing spectacle.
Hove DJ Fatboy Slim has been getting in touch with football royalty and playing to thousands of ecstatic Brazillian clubbers.
Meanwhile England fans have headed off to the jungle to avoid the taunts of rival football fans and one Sussex-born actor has made a more lasting impression on the tournament than any of his countrymen.
Norman Cook has been on a whistlestop tour of Brazil, playing nine gigs and seeing five games around the country.
He flies home tomorrow in time for his performance at Glastonbury this weekend and believes the England team will be on the same flight.
He also found time to meet Arsene Wenger and get a signed shirt from Brazilian legend Pele.
Norman said: “Sadly I didn't get to meet the man.
“He was gonna come to my show in Sao Paulo but his leg was playing up so he sent his daughters down with a shirt to say hello.
“We have been having a fine time. I've played overlooking Copacabana beach, a party for 14,000 at the Morumbi stadium, been on two Brazilian chat shows and met Arsene Wenger.”
Meanwhile Colin Bowman, of Burgess Hill, has headed to the Amazon after England crashed out of the tournament.
The fan, who is travelling to his third finals with his friend Bryan, has been blogging about his experiences for The Argus.
In his latest post he wrote: “Bryan and I have now changed our status from England fans to tourists. “To that end we have spent the last 36 hours away from Manaus and in the heart of the Amazon Basin.
“In 36 hours we got a real flavour of what life would be like, living where the only roads are the ones flowing past your front door.” The face of Wivelsfield Green-born Tom Hatton has become synonymous with the World Cup after he appeared in three tournament inspired adverts for Budweiser, Febreze and Head and Shoulders.
The 34-year-old actor’s face has been prominent in the Budweiser adverts as a cheering fan, has bared all for the Febreze advert and completed a voice over for a shampoo ad featuring Argentine star Lionel Messi.
The former Haywards Heath College pupil moved to the US on the advice of Kevin Spacey and starred in off-Broadway shows and award winning movie Red Tulips before getting picked for the adverts.
Tom said: “The recent ads came all at once, and were all looking for actors with a soccer background.
“I grew up with soccer as my main sport and played locally for Haywards Heath College and Lindfield FC so it was fairly simple to get into character. It’s strange walking into a bar and seeing your face screaming back at you.”