If you’ve been reeling from too much turkey, or the strain of Greg’s mightily difficult – yet hugely enjoyable – Christmas quiz, you may have missed the news that London 2012 Olympic “everyday” first class stamps are set to go on sale next week.
While this may not rank as one of the news stories of the year, it’s a reminder to us all that London 2012 is fast approaching.
And I, for one, cannot wait.
Even if you failed to get a ticket, there are several opportunities to see the action for yourself, including the cycling road race and time trial, triathlon and marathon.
And there are thousands of tickets left for the football, including some to see the highly controversial British team.
I love the Olympics because of the importance the athletes themselves attach to it (tennis players apart).
I would never sit down to watch a Canoe Slalom event under normal circumstances.
But put an Olympic medal at the end of it, and the knowledge that the few seconds you are witnessing are a culmination of a life’s work, and, for many, a single chance to obtain Olympic glory – and I can’t take my eyes off it.
The Olympics makes heroes of athletes beyond their lifetimes.
And in 100 years’ time they will still be talking about Usain Bolt.
The man who won the 100m and 200m and 4x100m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with such ease, will be aiming to retain his crowns in London.
The world’s fastest ever man has already set his place in the history books.
By this time next year Bolt will surely have added further Olympic golds to his portfolio and even more prestige to his name.
And you have the opportunity to buy a print signed by the great man for just £150 today, before the clamour for Bolt autographs goes through the roof.