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If there is one thing we know about John Terry by now it is that he is not ordinarily someone who lets insecurity pollute his mind. A man of "almost uncanny mental strength", to quote Chelsea's chairman, Bruce Buck, during those five days in July when Terry stood in the dock at Westminster magistrates' court and asked us to believe he was not guilty of a racist slur. "Other people have it," Buck told the trial, "but I've never seen it quite like John Terry has it."
It was a more than an appropriate way to sign off from the sporting action at this magnificent cauldron of noise and light. Oscar Pistorius, the South African "Blade Runner" who has been a constant and sometimes controversial presence over London's glorious summer of sport, capped it by retaining the 400m crown he values above all others.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play a first competitive match at Wembley on Tuesday having received a stern, if timely, reminder from Roy Hodgson not to allow his recent high standards to slip.
They have the potential to throw the stock exchange into turmoil, trigger frenzy on bond markets and bring down the German government.
The prime minister's friends say that he has always been a reluctant reshuffler and now we know the real reason why. He isn't much good at them.
When my kids were small, one of their favourite walks was down Staithe Street in Wells-next-the-Sea, a charming seaside town in Norfolk.