Archive:
December 2011

What’s happened to all the racing?

I have noticed that Britain will be losing a lot of top international motor racing next year. The calendars for the World Series by Renault, the World Touring Car Championship and the GT1 World Championship all omit British rounds that had been regulars before. I am not too fussed about the WTCC. But I was considering […]

The scariest ident ever?

I think most people that are interested in television idents can think of a few that used to make them quite scared as a child. I can certainly name a few that freaked me out. But I reckon if I grew up in Boston it would have been a lot worse. I like early electronic […]

The importance of design for transport

I was pleased to see an article on the BBC News website about the brilliance of the design of the UK’s road signs. Minimalist and clutter-free, British road signs are a design triumph. I often look to transport-related design of all types for inspiration. The reason is because they have to work well. Lives might depend […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part four)

5. Michael Schumacher I never expected to be placing Michael Schumacher this far up my driver rankings. But there is no doubt about it — he has raised his game, and has proved that there is still some life in the old dog yet. He is being outperformed by Nico Rosberg, but perhaps this shouldn’t […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part three)

10. Nick Heidfeld Heidfeld did a solid job in difficult circumstances at Renault GP. Parachuted in to drive a car that was designed primarily for injured Robert Kubica, Heidfeld struggled at times. But he did secure an impressive podium at Malaysia, and continued to score points while the car’s performance slumped. He was kicked out […]

On 909 and 693…

Does anyone know what channel number Sky’s new F1 channel will be on? Because judging by all the broadcasters they have poached from BBC Radio 5 Live, they might as well go all the way and have it on channels 909 and 693.

That’s entertainment

I like to have a look through the regular Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin. This fortnightly missive contains all the details about programme complaints. As such, it is the go-to publication for finding out which broadcasters have been doing rudes and naughties. The latest edition (PDF) is particularly well crafted. Ofcom may have many faults, but they […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part two)

19. Pedro de la Rosa Super sub or what? De la Rosa was in Canada as an employee of McLaren, and found himself being bundled into a Sauber for Practice 2 at the last minute after Sergio Pérez felt unexpected after-effects from his Monaco qualifying crash. De la Rosa acquitted himself excellently, finishing 12th in […]

2011 Formula 1 driver rankings (part one)

28. Karun Chandhok A very likeable personality and a brilliant commentator, but on the few occasions he has been in the car has demonstrated why he struggles to get a full-time drive. Chandhok started the season inauspiciously by crashing straight away in practice for the Australian Grand Prix. A full race weekend in Germany was only […]

All together now

Everything the Beatles ever did, played simultaneously. Strangely fascinating. All Together Now – Everything the Beatles ever did. by ramjac Via Cheap Talk.