As I don't have a telly I've not watched any of the the Olympics so far. I've listened to lots on the wireless though (apart from 5 minutes of the horse dancing or whatever it's called) and, as someone with an interest in sport (not a fanatic, just an interest) I'm missing it. Nicky Campbell just can't compete with the pictures. Yes, there are questions surrounding the ethics of allowing a nation with questionable notions of human rights and (of much more global importance as name me a country that doesn't abuse any section of its population in one form or another, such as allowing critically ill patients to die because they cost too much to keep alive) a laissez-faire attitude towards natural resources to stage such an event and I can only hope that more positives evolve from the event for everyone. Whatever your views, as a spectacle of human physical sporting endeavour, it can rarely be surpassed.
As I write this I'm round my friend Christopher's house on the pretext of editing his book (I am, honest) and watching the telly. And I've just seen the most extraordinary piece of athleticism ever. To watch the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, to all intents and purposes skipping over the line in the 100 metres final and still obliterating the world record was quite astonishing. He wasn't even looking where he was going.