Meanwhile on Twitter, John hands an accolade to BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan, of standing-sideways-piece-to-camera fame. Dan, like John, was a news trainee, but has only clocked up 18 years - and some of that was outside Auntie's bosom. Still, a 21 year anniversary is surely a possibility for an inspired reporter....
I loved your inspired reporting from the Olympics. https://t.co/SijsJ5xGfM— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) September 7, 2016
And, in case you doubt John's sporting judgement, he is captain of the Chelsea Society cricket team.
A delight: just got another wicket. Perfect day. Pleasurable cricket. @chelseasociety v @chelseaartsclub pic.twitter.com/OwL7YpymiN— John Simpson (@JohnSimpsonNews) September 7, 2016