In the build up to race week I've been training in Al Ain which is not too far from where the main event will be taking place. It's been good to get some training done in the desert to help with acclimatisation and get some miles in on quiet roads.
Lessons from London, I hope, will provide valuable information to the organisers of the next Olympiad, Rio 2016, and other cities hosting major events.
Greetings, Super Fans- and welcome to the start of another fantastic week of new music. How about another bunch to get you started as we see what's coming up towards March?
Reeva Steenkamp was not just a body and a pair of breasts. She was a human being with her own dreams, her own opinions. Yes, she may have been beautiful, and she may have been a model. But that was not all that she was.
This morning I struggled to get out of bed to come to work, but from now on I will not be so complacent about life after speaking to David Andrew-Smit...
We are now over a decade into this new century and Britain needs to redefine itself and figure out where we're going to go next. The issue of Europe is the best example of how we are still letting old attitudes and events shape our place in the world and it needs to change.
Squash has no Olympic funding from UK Sport, because, despite great efforts, it is still not an Olympic sport - something most in the sport consider a travesty. As such, squash receives no UK sport funding.
The London 2012 Olympic Games didn't take place in Stratford. Perhaps this was something you cottoned on to quite some time ago. Or perhaps you didn't then, nor now, give a shit. Either way, as a local resident living in the shadow of the athlete's village, I'm still waiting.
For Jye Frasca, Kaufman's Game is the 32-year-old Australian-born actor's first feature film, having worked in theatre for the past 15 years.
They say time flies, but it is almost unthinkable that it was six months ago that the Olympic Games opened so spectacularly. The memories will live on for years to come, a summer which saw the best of what the UK had to offer, magnificent sport, an organisational triumph and of course an abiding memory of the team in purple and red: the Games Makers.
Maybe it was naive. Naive to believe that things would be different. That we weren't going to be back in exactly the same place four months on.
Let's get some things straight: Table tennis and ping pong are the same thing, except on specific occasions when they are not. The World Championship of Ping Pong is such an event. Whether that's a good thing depends on who you ask.
Apparently Holborn's legal eagles and presumably the people who work in that massive Sainsbury's head office, are mad crazy for table tennis as it was absolutely rammed on this particular Wednesday evening.
To get us started as we mean to go on, there's five awesome gigs to get pencilled in as we reveal our Top Five Emerging Icons Live for the first full week of the year.
Sport will inevitably be the true home of the Olympic stadium. But while contracts are negotiated and decisions made, live music needs a change in London from the unsatisfactory venue of Hyde Park.
When I wrote my end of year blog last December, in my infinite wisdom, I'm fairly sure I declared it the Year of News, impossible to surpass... However, if 2011 kept news editors across the world on their toes, I think it's fair to say 2012 certainly rose to the challenge. The difference this time? There were plenty of positives to report on, talk about and debate. And - joy, of joys - lots of it was happening on our doorstep.