>No racing last weekend – sick of the guts. Saturday was meant to be a club ’10’, so no problem there (entry on the line) but Sunday was the last ’25’ of the West London Combine season. I felt guilty about missing that. Sounded like a good day as well.

I’m still deaf. I’ve been putting olive oil in my ears twice a day for the last two weeks. My hair is now glossy, I have a Mediterranean complexion and I’m developing an Italian accent (which is strange, it’s Greek oil) but every day I hear less. On Wednesday I get to see the Lady With The Syringe – I am hoping that this works. Otherwise I might feel obliged to share the madness that is engulfing me.

I’ve been watching season 2 of The Wire on DVD. At least I can switch on the subtitles. It is a great series. I appreciate that I might be the last person in the world to realise this.