Here's some not-news: Greyhound racing is on the decline. Holy grail of the south, Walthamstow Stadium, was shut down in 2008 and there is now only a handful of tracks left in the country. London's remaining bastion is Wimbledon; dog racing has been held on this site since 1928, and against the odds these are still happening weekly.
What events like the Royal Wedding, the London Olympics and Wimbledon show are that, deep down, we are in fact amongst that most genuine and charming people out there. Give us a bottle of Pimms and we'll stumble and knock over our metaphorical walls. Give us a bit of sun as a remedy to our coldness, and our solar-powered souls are reinvigorated.
If we lose Elizabeth Fry from our five pound note, we are left with the Queen as our only female representative. Are we really unable to find a single historical female figure worthy of being commemorated? Maybe we just can't collectively remember women that have done great deeds. That certainly seems to have been the trouble in sport this month.
From grunts to scoring systems, tennis is a sport that's full of unusual quirks and strange traditions. Read on as we answer ten unusual questions about the history, the rules, and the culture of tennis.
Since Marion Bartoli won the 2013 Women's Singles at Wimbledon last Saturday, the internet has been awash with analysis of the French star. But the vast bulk of the digital wave has been not discussion of her style, her power, her focus... and no coverage appears to have taken issue with the other party to the conversation: former world number one (female) tennis player Tracy Austin.
Most sports fans are staunch supporters of their team and the venue it calls home, but there are some sports venues around the world that are worth visiting for their history, grandeur, and amazing atmosphere.
Needless to say, expectations are high of another successful run here at Flushing Meadows next month. Rugby followers may have noticed that two days before Andy Murray's achievement the British and Irish Lions won their first Test series victory since 1997, in Australia. So after a long drought we Brits are beginning to enjoy the taste of victory.
The Telegraph, the Times and the Daily Mail all headlined their Andy Murray Wimbledon victory stories with the assertion he was the first Brit champion since Fred Perry in 1936. Er, wrong. Four women have won the title for the UK since but a few news editors didn't seem to think it was worth investigating the success of our female players.
Anyone would think that it was Kim Sears who won the women's title at Wimbledon on Saturday, given the amount of media coverage she's received over the past few days. But, lest we forget, that honour belongs to Marion Bartoli. And it was bloody well earned.
Turning out to support her boyfriend of 7 years at every stage of the competition, striking Kim Sears was often more talked about on social media than her sportsman beau. The 25-year-old artist became front page news as her stylish outfits and effortless beauty captivated a nation of women.
However, the core business learning from Wimbledon was not taught to us by champions Marion Bartoli or Andy Murray, but by British soft drinks brand Robinsons.
With websites such as the BBC excitedly announcing Andy Murray's near eight decade 'first', it's a wonder why women bother excelling at all. If their achievements are simply going to be forgotten as soon as a man reaches the same level of success, why even try in the first place?
While Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli raked in a massive £1.6million for their championship victories, the winners of the Wimbledon wheelchair tennis competitions got a relatively measly £8,500... to share between two of them.
The nation is on a high, with scenes of jubilation and a seemingly overwhelming sense of adoration for a man who has worked tirelessly from childhood to become a national hero, ignoring his critics and proving them wrong in the most emphatic of fashions... We should not forget however, that in Laura Robson and Heather Watson we already have two very viable candidates for the role of future champion.
Whenever Andy Murray wins, he is characterised by the London media, as a battling Brit, but whenever he loses, he is portrayed as a sour, aloof, remote, grumpy, ill-tempered Scot. But for all the media criticism of his personality, is it possible that his legendary reserve has in fact been a key strength, carrying him to victory?
Lots goes on that we can't do much about. And when I say 'we', I mean those of us who are 'normal'. For some people, including really quite lowly politicians and celebrities, are treated as 'special'. Their lives are led under different rules than the rest of us. Special people need special treatment.