We get to watch some of the world’s top sport, or Millwall, usually from the best seats in the house, often with food and drink provided gratis, and then we get paid for it. Hopefully.
Anyone who heard about the accident suffered by Times sports photographer Marc Aspland six months ago could not fail to be horrified by the circumstances. Left unconscious by the roadside, the award-winning photographer suffered terrible injuries.
But we could also be gladdened by a simple gesture of support and goodwill for their strickened colleague from his mates, which his fellow snappers dreamt up, and with nothing more than a hashtag and a smile, has managed to go viral.
Recovery from that, Aspland says, “is a long slow road”.
Aspland has been out and about recently, visiting some of his workmates and colleagues as they have been photographing the England football team in their training camp before their recent internationals.
“This Times photographer is learning something called patience!” he says.
There have also been a couple of recent developments, though, which have helped to boost his confidence and encourage him on along his long, hard road to recovery.
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All sorts of sports stars, colleagues and mates have taken part. From the likes of Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson, Olympic champion Jess Ennis, most of the England cricket team, former Wimbledon champions Boris Becker and Andy Murray, Ryder Cup golfer Ian Poulter, jockey Frankie Dettori, even Sir Elton John - it's probably a Watford thing; Aspland started out on the Herts Advertiser - have all done selfies or taken part in a mini-video from well-wishers. It hasn't taken much, after all, but the gesture has meant much to Aspland.
Yeah, sports journalists are a decent bunch really.