I've been with the Herald for 30 years, though regular readers swear it seems longer. I've been chief sub-editor, literary editor and deputy sports editor. Opinion is divided on whether this is a testimony to my versatility or a judgment on my inability to hang on to a job.
This prosaic sentence fails to do justice to what happened on a patch of grass in south-west London yesterday but there is no apology in this. As Gore Vidal said when felled by a punch from fellow writer Norman Mailer: "Words fail him."