In an idle moment just then I switched the telly to channel 7 and caught a swimming final -- men's individual medley. Scotland gold, Scotland silver, Australia bronze.
1) Scotland is a cold, rainy country of five and a half million people who live on a national diet of sugar, salt, alcohol and saturated fat -- as you would too, if you were surrounded by a lot of freezing water pounding and crashing over treacherous rocks.
2) Australia, on the other hand ... well, you know.
3) Novelist Kate Grenville has just won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize from a field that included Salman Rushdie, Caryl Phillips, Nick Hornby, Kazuo Ishiguro, Julian Barnes, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, Andre Brink and J.M. Coetzee.
4) Now compare the amount of money the Australian government spends on training, development, promotion and support of sport with the amount of money it spends on training, development, promotion and support of the arts.