Deciding when to retire is a difficult decision. But some people get it right. Tony Blair certainly did. There's poor old Gordon Brown sitting impotently in his office watching the debt-funded Leviathan he created when he was Chancellor collapsing outside the windows of his new house at No 10 Downing St. The poor fellow is working 20 hours a day, pumping out new initiatives at a prodigious rate - but the collapse goes on regardless. He reminds me of a deranged farmer who carries on tedding his hay in a thunderstorm. And there's his predecessor getting up close and personal with Mrs Obama on the front page of today's Telegraph. All the PM's had a quick phone call with Barack. He must be spitting nails.
Another man who has retired in a timely way is Joe Calzaghe, the undefeated world super-middleweight champion. He's also the world's best at light-heavyweight as well. He's held the world title for 11 years and has won his 46 professional fights. The last time he was beaten was in the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association finals in 1990. Personally, I thought his best victory was when he completely outclassed Jeff Lacy in 2006. I'd expected Joe to lose that one, but he annihilated the American with amazing hand speed. Made his name across the Atlantic with that one, and moved into the 'big bucks' league.
And now its on to other things. With his undamaged good looks and confidence, it could be the film world. Or Strictly perhaps. Or Italian Ambassador to Wales - taking advantage of his name and family history. I hope he doesn't become just another media boxing pundit. He's too special for that. Anyway, congratulations Joe on a wonderful career, and thanks for the memories.