ll There has been much predictable gloating about the inevitable cock-ups at the Olympics.
We have all revelled in the endless stories of athletes getting lost for hours on end, because official Olympic drivers could not find their way.
Oh, how we roared when organisers of Wednesday's women's soccer match involving North Korea showed the South Korean flag by mistake.
Would we do much better if we ran the show?
Meanwhile in America, chat-show hosts are showing us Europeans little sympathy.
David Letterman remarked: "The European countries are really hoping to do well in the Olympics. If they win gold medals, they can use them as cash."
ll In London they have the Olympics, but it is time to look for a silver lining with our own big event this weekend -- the International Cloud Festival, which takes place in Sligo.
Organiser Hans Wieland said: "The west coast of Ireland is well placed to offer a fulfilling experience to people who love clouds."