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 […]

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 […]

Bob Holness

I was sad to learn that Bob Holness died yesterday. It is no exaggeration to say that Blockbusters was probably my favourite programme when I was a child. As it happens, I have been watching a good few episodes of Blockbusters recently, as it is currently being shown on Challenge. It is striking just how […]

Cash out

For over ten years now, I have been a big fan of the Radio 5 Live programme Up All Night. Broadcasting between 1am and 5am, Up All Night is a gift to nightowls, students, truck drivers, and anyone else who might find themselves awake at these unsociable hours. One of the real highlights has been […]

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 […]

Slint — Spiderland

I have been listening a lot to Spiderland by Slint recently, and have come to the realisation that it is one of my favourite albums. It was released a bit before my time. I was just five years old when it came out. But I had read about it so often. It is regularly described […]