As the London Olympics close no one is doubting they have been a huge success. Team GB have finished an unprecedented third in the medals table, fantastic crowds have turned up to watch, huge television viewing figures have been attracted and people young and old have been inspired to somehow get involved.
Having written a book entitled Why The Olympics Aren't Good For Us I might have been expected to be crying into my energy drink for the past joyful few weeks for having such a woeful lack of judgement. Not a bit of it.
I had no intention of watching the thing, but it was the polite thing to do.
Well done. Kudos to every single one of you. I knew we had it in us to be united as a proper United Kingdom for the first time, pretty much, ever and get behind the Olympics, Team GB and the sense of occasion of being involved in something so very, very special.
A writer is much like an athlete. Except that a writer sits around all day and doesn't get much exercise. Apart from that they're very similar, although athletes tend to be better company and nicer to look at.
Work hard with the talent you've been given, don't let failure set you back, strive to be the best version of yourself that you can possible be - those are the lessons, that's the inspiration, that I'm taking away from these Games, its incredible Olympians, and all those who made it happen.
With over a billion pairs of eyes looking on, our country impressed the world. London's transport swiftly and safely carried over a million people around the capital each day. 70,000 volunteers greeted Olympic visitors with enthusiasm and kindness. The British capital, and the British people, came alive in a way not seen in recent history.
Our economic troubles have been going on for almost half a decade, with no end in sight. They are the worst crisis to hit Britain since the Second World War. Then we suspended party politics and created a government of national unity. Is it too much to ask that our politicians might do the same today? Is it too much to ask that they should practise what they preach, allow themselves to be suffused with the Olympic spirit, and come together to pull the nation out of its slough of economic despond?
On meeting Alesha, my first thoughts were how sleek she looked and how sweet, smiley and open she was with me from the word go... It was obvious why she had be picked to be part of the Team GB ambassador program, for being a source of inspiration, motivation and for her genuine passion for sports.
Like much of the rest of the nation, I have spent the better part of the last three weeks glued to the television watching the Olympics. Olympic missi...
There is something about the commentary on Scottish Independence (one could hardly call it a reasoned debate) that feels other-worldly. The SNP flaunts the Saltire. Those opposed to "independence" wave the Jack. It is beginning to feel like a marriage in which the man and woman talk past each other for fear of addressing the truth. Most English people think the Scots should go for it, but remain deeply Unionist. Most Scots are wary about leaving the Union, while being closet nationalists.
20 years after 'The Greatest Team Ever Assembled' was, erm, assembled, a new group arrived in London hoping to not only replicate, but also better the achievements of 1992s Dream Team.
The Olympics are over, thank goodness. While it is a wonderful opportunity for athletes, some treat the Olympics as a reflection of friendly global ...
As the 30th Olympiad of the Modern Era, or The Olympics, drew to a close on Sunday night, a nation wept. This may have had more to do with the paucity of talent on display and the omnipresence of Lord Coe than the fact that London 2012 had reached its conclusion, though.
So, it's all over. The London Olympics are now consigned to the history books and the fantastic events which have lit up this summer will live long in the memory. We will all have our favourite moments, there's plenty to choose from. We leave London 2012 behind with new heroes created, recognition won and records rewritten.
London 2012 may have ended, but what it's created will endure for generations.