Paula Radcliffe, a true diamond of a princess with or without a gold medal. The interview on the BBC this morning was gut wrenchingly heartfelt. She has sealed her fate as the female athlete most treasured by her home country if not the world. The Olympics this time round has been so good, the Beeb have come up trumps with the ‘press the red button’ interactive menu, five to events to choose from. I’ve never got so exited watching a table tennis match as happened today, amazing. Its tipping down torrentially outside, enough rain already it’s the first day of autumn.