Sunday, June 28, 2009

British Grand Prix - June 19th, 20th and 21st 2009

Last week Victoria and I went to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. I know it was a week ago but I wanted to upload my photo's before I added this post.

As usual we went for all 3 days. On the Friday morning we dropped the kids off at my mums at 06:30 and set off for Silverstone. As soon as we had left the kids we enjoyed 10 minutes of unfettered swearing which we like to do when no kids are around. When you have to mind your language all the time doing this is a great release. :-)


Victoria drove as on the 19th June the new iPhone was being released. I could not go to an O2 shop to get one so I rang them up and ordered it on the way there. I got my phone ordered and I didn't have to drive. I was winning already!


We arrived at about 10am, just in time to watch the first practice. We had a walk around the entire track as usual and after doing this for the past 3 years we now really know where to watch a Grand Prix from at Silverstone. Pity it is probably moving to Donnington. :-)


We had some lunch, watched second practice and then headed to our hotel. We were staying at the Northampton Hilton. Very convenient but it is a standard Hilton hotel which has no soul, catering for corporates in the week and charging as though we were on expenses (£13 for a burger, £15 for a Lasagna - I don't mind paying for food but it has to be good!). It was a good job it was convenient! We also had wild rabbits outside our room all the time. In fact there were hundreds of rabbits all over the area. They were very cute, especially the babies, which made it hard to see them splattered all over the road!


Friday evening we went into Brackley for a curry with Tracy and Chris. This meant a 50 minute round trip as the A43 was closed to anything but Grand Prix traffic but it was a good curry and it's always good to see Tracy and Chris. They were heading to the GP on Sunday in a corporate box the gits. They would not get the full atmosphere of course but they do get to go into the pit lane. Again, Gits!!


Saturday was qualifying. We got up at 05:30 and headed for Silverstone. This means you get there very early but we would rather be at Silverstone early than leave later and spend hours in traffic.


We watched practice 3 from Luffield and then moved to Pit Straight A to watch qualifying. We moved for qualifying so we could see the drivers getting out of their cars after. Good choice by me. :-)


After qualifying it was back to the hotel and we hit the bar for a few hours before going to bed at 21:30!! Rock and Roll!!


Sunday was race day and we got up at 05:30 again to avoid traffic. Once again a good idea as the traffic would be even worse today. We had some breakfast and sat in the stand to watch the Formula BMW, GP2 and finally the F1. Before the race we soured the grid for celebs and managed to see Kasabian, Richard Branson and Fergie amoung others. We also had the great pleasure of seeing Max Mosley. If only I had brought a high powered rifle.......


Even though it was not a good race for Button and and even worse day for Hamilton, the atmosphere was amazing. As Button is doing so well this season I thought that all the applause would be for him but no, it was still mostly for Hamilton. Maybe the British F1 fans are not as fickle as I thought they might be.

I took 920 photographs this year but managed to whittle them down to 279. A new record I think. :-) You have to remember that as a car drives past I will take 5 or 6 shots and 4 of then will be rubbish as the cars go by so fast so it's not as bad as it sounds.


After the race we even managed to get out of the car park quickly which was a miracle.


So, now it is all over. The event we have been so excited about for the past 10 months as been and gone. I have to say I was feeling a little down for a few days after but I think that shows what a great experience going to a GP really is. I highly recommend it.


So, on to next year. We would have booked tickets already if we knew a) when the race was, b)where the race was and c)that it was not at Donnington as it will be a disaster.


Let's hope it is at Silverstone again and for years to come.


Pictures of all three days are available here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

More Mother-Frickin-Nature.

Every year we have a wasp nest somewhere in our garden. Last year we had squirrels in our roof. Our house seems to be a magnet for nature!!


So, what's next I hear you ask? Well, this morning I noticed the mole hill pictured here right in the middle of my lawn!

What am I supposed to do about frickin moles?

Anyone got any ideas?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It Gets Better!!! :-)

'Max to step aside with immediate effect' - Planet-F1 News - from planet-f1.com:

The god of Formula 1 is in a good mood this week. :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Formula 1 | F1 resolution found, says Mosley

BBC SPORT Motorsport Formula 1 F1 resolution found, says Mosley:

So the FOTA teams have agreed to sign up for next years championship and Mosley has agreed to step down. This is excellent news as Formula 1 is safe and Herr Mosley is going to finally fuck off.

All the dodgy penalties from the FIA should now stop and we can get back to racing.

All we need to do now is get rid of Ecclestone.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Finally, someone has identified the problem within Formula 1

'Teams want Mosley ousted to save F1' - Planet-F1 News - from planet-f1.com:"

I have always said that the problems currently within F1 are the result of two men. Now the teams have realised that Mosley has to go. About time!

I saw the whore master yesterday at the GP. If only I had a high powered rifle with me........ :-)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | ITV 'to gain licence fee share'

BBC NEWS Entertainment ITV 'to gain licence fee share': "ITV 'to gain licence fee share'"

NO NO NO NO!!!!

I don't want anyone but the BBC to get the licence money.

The BBC are, in my opinion, the only broadcasting organisation that consistently provides excellent TV both on terrestrial and digital channels, backed up by an unrivalled online presence.

ITV make crap that nobody ever watches so their advertising revenues drop and they bleat on about not being able to complete with the BBC because they are funded by the tv licence.

Even Sky make better original content than ITV. Now that they have lost the Formula 1 I NEVER watch any of their channels.

Keep the licence for the BBC.

How Grown Up?

This picture of Alice was taken when she was all dressed up for the Ballet. Victoria and her mum too Alice to see Angelina Ballerina in Buxton.

Alice wore her best dress and I can't believe how grown up she looks in this picture. It does not seem long since she was born but it was 4 1/2 years ago!

Of course in all the other pictures she looks like a 4 year old but in this one she just looks beautiful.

Maybe it's me seeing her with a parents eyes. :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Finally!! What All SatNav Users Have Been Waiting For.

Homer Simpson speaks out on satnavs • Register Hardware:

I might actually buy this. :-)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

How Middle Aged Am I? :-)

I have finally fitted my roof box and I am really pleased with it. For some reason I think that this is a really exciting purchase.


I bought the box a few weeks ago but it has taken me a while to bother getting the roof bars. I finally got some Thule ones from Halfords on Tuesday and fitted them that afternoon and today I finally fitted the box itself.

I took it for a ride down the bypass to make sure it was not going to fall off at speed and there was not a rattle. Alice was a little alarmed though when I threw a few of her stuffed toys in before we left so they could have a ride. :-)

As this is my first roof box I have made one small error in my purchase. The box I bought will only open on one side which means I need to grow my arms by 6 inches to fit the side with the hinge. If anyone has any hints on fitting let me know.

All together though I think it looks quite stealthy, for a roof box.

I'm so middle aged. :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Futurama back from dead again • The Register

Futurama back from dead again • The Register:

Huzzah!!!

The 4 specials were OK but not great. I am sure Futurama will get back to it's best with a proper series of 30 minute episodes.

I for one can't wait. :-)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Should I Buy A New iPhone, Even Though O2 Are Ripping Off The UK?

I have wanted an iPhone ever since I bought one for Victoria a few months back. I was very impressed with everything about it, and as I knew they would be announcing new models at the beginning of June, and my current T-Mobile contract ends on the 21st June I thought I would make one my next phone.

As predicted the new models were announced. Better camera, compass and some other rubbish but most importantly, a 32GB model which is what I really wanted so that the phone would also replace my old and dying ipod.

The US prices for the 32GB and 16GB models were the same as the 8 and 16GB models last year so I guessed that they would be the same price as the old models in the UK.

er, No.

The 16GB model is more expensive than the old 16GB model and the 32GB model is around £275 on an 18 month contract! This is almost $450! $150 more than the US price. What a con!

I could always buy the 16GB model for £180 but I really want the 32GB model. Should I pay £275 for the phone? Should I buy the 16GB model? Is it really worth paying £6.25 per GB for the additional memory when we all know memory prices are really low at the moment? I just don't know!

To tell the truth I do know. I will probably pay the money for the 32GB model, but while I am handing over my cash to the drone in the O2 shop I will be muttering something about robbing bastards under my breath!

Black flag at the ready for Max and Bernie's gravy train | Richard Williams | Sport | The Guardian

Black flag at the ready for Max and Bernie's gravy train Richard Williams Sport The Guardian:

"The vast expanses of green sheeting that covered the empty grandstands around the Istanbul Park circuit on Sunday symbolised the disease attacking the world of formula one as the era of Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone draws, with agonising and hugely destructive slowness, to its close."

"Button's success, a long delayed reward for talent and patience, is just about the only thing formula one has going for it during a year in which the corrosive effects of Mosley's political machinations and Ecclestone's insatiable greed have become fully apparent."

Two quotes from an excellent article that hits the nail on the head while discussing what is wrong with Formula One at the moment. Mosley and Ecclestone.

Surely they can't both be around much longer.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Max Mosley is wrong - Again

Max Mosley is wrong. The only split F1 needs is a break away from him

Mosley really has lost the plot recently. He really does need to step down as president of the FIA if he is advocating the 9 FOTA teams leaveing.

All he is doing is arguing for the sake of it.

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