The platform is bedecked in fake grass (the elder diarist is certain it is not genuine because he has smoked it) and tourists flash cameras as if they have just spotted Elvis in front of the Taj Mahal. Strangely, one Japanese woman wanted her picture taken against the Southfields signs while holding a photograph of Roger Federer. The elder diarist also paid homage to the Tube shrine of world tennis. He left an empty bottle of Diet Irn-Bru on top of the bin. It may not be much, but it is the very icon of Scotland.
Two nations separated by a common language. Serena Williams regaled the press with the following: "Congratulations to the Heat. I was happy for them. They deserved it. LeBron deserved it; Dwyane Wade deserved it. Gosh, Chris Bosh. I love those guys. They're amazing." This is thought to be a reference to the Miami Heat winning the NBA finals. Whatever they and it may be.
More Serena. On the role that fortune plays in sport. "You know, I'm not very lucky, but yet I have a few slams." Strangely, that could also be interpreted as a stroke of good luck.
Chronicles of Roddick, Part II. The one where the press continue to obsess about him eventually getting so rubbish that he declines to return to SW19. "There's no rule against me visiting, is there? You guys gonna keep me out of the country or what?"
Back by no popular demand whatsoever: rummage note. Our desperate enquiries at the bag search stall finally bear fruit. In a metaphorical, rather than literal sense. Apparently one of those devices used for picking up litter was located in a holdall. It was either an OCD suffererer or someone coming in to pick up the pieces of Nikolay Davydenko strewn all over Centre Court.
Free blister packs are the latest gimmick to be handed out at the tube station. An Aberdonian in the queue in front of us picked one up, tied his shoes extra tight and walked six miles to use it.
There was a big name clash in the men's singles on Tuesday. Alex Bogomolov Jnr versus Alexandr Dolgopolov. For the record, Dolgo beat Boggo in a low-key encounter. It would have been a higher scoring encounter at Scrabble.