If ever I doubted that the Formula One World Championship is the best soap opera on the planet, the Japan/China trip put me right.
There was Lewis Hamilton's brilliant win at a rain-soaked Fuji that drivers labelled the most dangerous race they'd ever done; the will they/won't they ban him/hang him for his driving behind the safety car; the latest developments in the McLaren/Alonso saga; the cliff-hanging excitement of the championship; and on and on.
It's often said that F1 is insular, with people so wrapped up in their own little world that there could be a nuclear war going on and nobody would notice.
It's pretty much true. On Sunday night in Japan we had an earth tremor that shook the hotel and registered significantly on the Richter scale.