We are at the half way point of the Summer of Sport and after so much promise, the first half has been exciting but with some very poor results... We are now entering the second week of Wimbledon and as always the quality of the tennis in the first week hasn't disappointed... However, for me the highlight of this second half will be the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the month.
With this being touted as the tournament of the Latin Americans - only Honduras have fallen thus far, with Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Mexico all assured of a place in the second round - the conditions are certainly proving problematic for some. In turn the heat and humidity can be cited as a key factor in so many substitutes coming on and having an impact against weary-legged opponents...
Please note, this article isn't 'having a go' at our failed superstars. The lads return on the early flight from Rio (3 weeks early to be fair) with our pride intact. One hard-earned point off those pesky Costa Ricans may not have been enough to qualify for round 2. But there is a bright-side. No hooliganism. And no biting. Plus Roy Hodgson has been unbelievably articulate and upbeat
Away from the obvious tourist attractions - the remarkably imposing Christ the Redeemer, the picture-perfect Copacabana beach and the enormity and elegance of Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo, to name but three - it is this admirable attitude, one of determination to enjoy life and of encouraging others to do the same which will stay with me.
To be completely honest it was never time for him to even step into the role of the England manager. His track record is weak and it's questionable how he was selected in the first place or why. I believe his selection was because he's someone that wouldn't cause the FA any trouble and would just get on with it.
Business can learn a lot from politics - and sport - in terms of managing public expectations. Companies are getting smarter at this game - down playing expectations in the business pages in advance of difficult results. But too often company leaders fail to control the narrative by overstating their ambition in the first place. Corporate Britain is littered with the bodies of business leaders who promised big and delivered small.
The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.
Wouldn't it be nice to think that our national sport, with its ability to both unite and divide communities, could lead the way in bringing the British people together with a shared vision of a modern, multi-cultural, multi-national country, albeit one with a outdated fondness for the 4-4-2 formation?
Watching England play football is an extraordinarily masochistic exercise. It is like waiting to be punched - the question is not whether or not you will be punched, the only question is when. As Harry and I roam over the site, he banters with his crew in Dutch, swapping manly hugs, jokes and the occasional kiss.
Period drama is a fantastic form of escapism; imagining yourself transported back to times where big frocks, country dances and love affairs were the main order of the day. If you are looking for somewhere to visit on the next bank holiday or if you are a period drama lover heading over to the UK then these locations are for you!