Anyone who knows me will also know that I have almost no interest in sport. The Senior Cat isn't interested either. He managed to dislocate his shoulder twice throwing a cricket ball to the children at school and says they are his greatest achievements in the field of sport.
I can boast of one real achievement in the field of sport. I once bowled out Sir Donald Bradman. Yes, really. Okay, I confess it was at a cricket match for children with disabilities. I was bowling for one of the boys who couldn't even hold the boy. The kids considered this fair as I can hold the ball and throw it - but it could land anywhere. Sir Donald was batting - and not paying attention because he thought he "knew" that I wasn't going to get the ball anywhere near the wicket. Just as he turned to say something to the "umpire" I threw the ball and - I still don't believe this myself - it hit the wicket. He was out. (He left very gracefully.)
The only thing that little episode did was to give me the vaguest of vague interest in the psychology of the game of cricket. I still don't fully understand the rules of the game.
But the Paralympics? Well, no I am not particularly interested in the sense that it is sport and it isn't something I bother about but I am infuriated by the fact that enormous news coverage was given to the Olympics and, apart from the opening ceremony, the Paralympics have been given almost no attention in the media here.
Now there is something wrong with that because, believe me, the Paralympians have worked just as hard to get there - if not harder. Some of them are taking risks that other people wouldn't dare to take. It takes real courage to jump if you can't see or are unbalanced through the loss of a limb or your hearing has gone and your body has to work just a little bit harder in the pool. You need to be more alert to what is going on around you so as not to injure yourself or those around you. Wheelchair basketball is an incredibly dangerous game. (Wheelchair "football/soccer" is even worse. I know. The boys had me at it one unforgettable night. It was terrifying.) You have to trust the people guiding you if you are blind. And have you ever considered what happens to someone who uses a manual wheelchair and injures a hand or arm?
There was no mention of medal winners or broken records on our major international news service. All we have seen is that spectacular and quite crazy somersault in the opening ceremony. Perhaps all the journalists and camera people are just too tired. Perhaps they have all just gone home.
It's a pity. The rest of the world might learn something from the Paralympics.