I've a confession to make. It's something I probably knew, but couldn't admit, not even to myself until now. Before the Olympics started, I'd have described myself as a pretty rock-solid sports fan - but that belief has been shaken to its core. There were things I knew I knew. I knew I could explain the football off-side rule in simple terms, I know what position silly mid off is in cricket. I could even have a stab at explaining netball (it's basketball for girls, right?) But a week spent following the epic extravaganza that is the Olympics has opened my eyes to the "unknown unknowns".
On Monday morning, 6 August, at approximately five minutes past ten a 30-year-old Italian will take to the track to compete in her very first Olympic Games. To the ranks of media her name will just be one of many on a list. Indeed when I tried to sell her story to the British press, they didn't have room to tell it.
Being a hotel manager in one of London's busiest hotels must be one of the best jobs in the world. It's not without its stresses, but no day is the same and I never tire of the weird, wonderful and sometimes downright comical requests we receive. But one of the things I most love about my job is the creativity and freedom I'm allowed.