Monthly ArchiveMarch 2007



Formula 1 26 Mar 2007 05:37 pm

Reflections on the Australian Grand Prix

Overall

Overall, a pretty dull race. Sure, it was great to see Lewis Hamilton score a great result on debut – but once Kimi Raikkonen started to stride away from the field, the result was pretty obvious barring accidents or technical issues.
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Miscellaneous 25 Mar 2007 11:50 am

A nice old lady

Some readers would know that in recent months I have been made an ‘Air Experience Instructor’ at our gliding club. This is the bottom rung of the instructor ranking system — I’m not authorised to teach people to fly gliders, but I am authorised to take people on ‘Air Experience Flights’ (similar to a joyflight – but the passenger is allowed to take the controls during the flight if they would like to – under strict supervision, of course).
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Miscellaneous 17 Mar 2007 01:48 pm

Formula 1 now televised in widescreen!

And it’s about time, too!

Computing - general &Humour &Nerd stuff &Nonsense 12 Mar 2007 01:19 pm

New Apple product announced: iRack!

An innovative new offering from Apple?

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Formula 1 06 Mar 2007 10:31 am

Bahrain testing over – Red Bull still lags

Nothing new to report. Red Bull Racing still lags McLaren and Renault by between 1% and 2% at the conclusion of pre-season testing in Bahrain. (Some teams will return to Jerez in Spain for testing this week – but I haven’t been able to find out whether RBR will be amongst them.)

The hard data is in the table below: click on the thumbnail to open it.

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Still – it could be worse. Toyota – enjoying probably the biggest budget in F1 – has had a terrible time in pre-season testing. Toyota team driver Ralf Schumacher (aka the Big Girl’s Blouse) has summed things up thus: “We have had a catastrophic preparation for this season. There is a gap to the front that we must now work hard to close. There is no point trying to hide it; in all probability we are going to have a difficult start to the season.” Ouch.

The Australian Grand Prix takes place in just twelve days – same day as the Annual Parish Meeting of Macquarie Anglican Churches. Who picked THAT date?