On a much-needed lighter note, I did enjoy this week's Profile on Radio 4 from John-Peel-impersonator Mark Coles.
It was on the subject of 'the lady of last week', Laura Trott.
Among the many striking factoids featured I was particularly struck by how superstitious R Laura is.
She has a lucky hairband, a lucky bracelet (which her mother gave her), a lucky toy dog which she always carries with her - and a lucky towel.
It has to be a wet towel, and she stands on it before every race.
I think I ought to start standing on a wet towel before blogging. Would there be fewer posts like this if I did? Or more?