The 'Prem' is back, for better and worse
It has not been so bad this summer. Our suffering has to some extent been eased by Euro 2016, and we may even find something in the Olympics to get us through these last days before the Premier League starts, and life has some meaning again.
Indeed the Olympics has helped to fill the void in other ways, by forcing Wimbledon and the British Open and the Horse Show and other such amusements to start earlier than they normally would, thus giving us a few morsels at least to sustain us through the endless night of this accursed close season.
But the show in Rio is also telling us what really matters in this world, and what is only a passing fancy - would we be speaking so freely about all the doping that is clearly going on down there, if these sports were really important to us?