Today's Times carries a pretty lengthy article on London's transport system and it's influence on the bid for the 2012 Olympic games.
Next month an IOC "evaluation commission" will be inspecting the capital's transport systems looking for any improvements that have been made since last time they were here (when they concluded some areas of the Underground system were "often obsolete").
So what will they be shown? The Hammersmith & City line between Whitechapel and Barking perhaps? No. Instead they'll have a guided tour of the newsest bits of the Jubilee Line (including all the 'Olympic' trains) and the "Olympic javelin" high-speed shuttle linking Stratford and King’s Cross (which is only a tunnel at the moment).
However, despite the improvements we're still second in the running behind Paris. "You know that if the French say they’re going to do something, then they will" the sports editor of the International Herald Tribune tells the Times.
Oh really? Well how about "don't surrender"?
Sorry, cheap shot.