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April 2012

Has Bernie sought Force India revenge?

Twitter was alight with speculation during this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Force India pulled out of yesterday’s second practice session due to safety concerns. Since then, the team’s cars have been conspicuously absent from the television coverage, which is centrally provided by Bernie Ecclestone’s company, Formula One Management. Despite the fact […]

Formula 1’s business model inherently politicises the sport

FIA statutes, article 1: The FIA shall refrain from manifesting racial, political or religious discrimination in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect. This is a principle that the FIA takes seriously. We know this, because the organisers of the Turkish Grand Prix got themselves into very hot water in 2006 […]

In praise of the GT1 World Championship

Where can you watch Audis racing against Mercedes, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, BMWs, Aston Martins, Fords and McLarens? The answer is the GT1 World Championship. Every wet dream is represented in this who’s who of sportscar manufacturers. Fantasy machinery battles wheel-to-wheel in GT1 like no other series. The GT1 World Championship is not without its critics, […]

Catching up on the 1990s

I have recently discovered that, via the wonder of Amazon, it is possible to get your hands on old albums on CD for quite reasonable prices. It’s very helpful if you don’t live near a Fopp. I’m particularly keen on hoovering up albums from the 1990s. From the age of about nine I was already […]

Disintegration

When I was a child, I found nothing more distressing than the sound made by a wonky cassette. It is a deeply unnatural sound. Whenever I heard it, my heart began to race and I felt physically sick. It was as if I had a real fear of this type of sound. My primary school […]

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Embarrassing

I have a problem with cutesy copy, particularly when it comes to error messages. I understand that they are trying to be friendly and personable, but it’s usually not what the user wants or needs. Often, a friendly error message just leads to more confusion. Take Firefox’s “well, this is embarrassing”. I was once asked […]