Okay, I admit it, I was wrong about the Olympics.
Far from being the national embarrassment I expected they have thus far been a resounding success. I feel the £300 that I and every other UK taxpayer has invested in the Games hasn't gone to waste. They have truly put Britain on the map and their sporting legacy will last for decades.
Team GB has been working its socks off to deliver medals and the nation can be rightly proud of their magnificent achievements so far.
I was right about one thing though: The Olympics has paved the way for TV Licensing's propaganda harlots, Fishburn Hedges et al, to flood the local newspapers with scary tales of how many licence fee dodgers they have collared. Suffice to say, as with most other PR agencies, they don't let the truth get in the way of a good story. Idle journalism means the newspapers print just about anything TV Licensing sends to them without confirming its accuracy.
Remember that a TV licence is only needed if equipment is used to receive or record live broadcast TV programme services. There are many ways you can watch the Olympics perfectly legally without a TV licence. Here are just a few:
1. Watch it non-live on a catch up service: You do not need a licence to enjoy previously broadcast non-live coverage on the BBC's iPlayer for example.
2. Watch live at a friend's place: If they've got a TV licence you could go and watch their telly instead. If you didn't want to impose you could take your laptop around and stream live TV via their broadband connection.
3. Watch live at the pub/club: I'm reliably informed by student friends that you can nurture a soft drink for at least two hours if you sip it slowly. That's just enough time to see the marathon.
4. Watch live at your local electrical retailer: Electrical retailers do not need a TV licence for their display sets. If you're a bit of a cheapskate you could visit Dixons and watch the best events there.
5. Become a TV engineer: If you're a TV fixer upper then you do not need a TV licence to test equipment you're working on.
6. Visit the big screen: Big screens will be showing live Olympics coverage in cities across the UK. Wrap up warm, take a few tinnies and watch 'til your heart's content.
The BBC is live streaming every Olympic event on its website. Don't quote me on this, but they have absolutely no way of knowing whether you really do have a TV licence when you're watching online.