It's certainly taking some time for me to go through the many photos I took at my first Grand Prix experience, but I now have a set from day 1, set-up day. No actual F1 action, but plenty of other entertainment and we got to walk the pit-lane and see the garages in action assembling the cars. The trip was a great experience and as I go through the other photos I post them here. So for day 1, click here.
When I was in my teens the two bands I listened to more than any other were probably The Cure and The Smiths. Whilst I still play both occasionally, they aren't top of the rotation these days. I was listening to 'The Queen is Dead' with the kids this morning though and it still sounds so great. Is that just nostalgia though, or do The Smiths still, matter? Well if you Google that particular conundrum, one of the hits you get is a review of a boxset of all of their albums. Perhaps more interesting though is the website it is on, I'd never heard of them, but it appears Isolation Records were a short-lived label of that name in the mid-2000's. Now though they have a website with info on various indie music that matters to people of a certain age, even a complete review of every album released by Creation Records! Anyhow, if you are that way inclined, check out the website at: http://www.isolationrecords.co.uk
I'm slowly going through the large number of photos I took at the Melbourne Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago. I'll post a selection here, but as a taster here is an animated gif I've made from shots taken during one of the support races. I was impressed with the amount of air the car got under that back wheel.
A great little documentary on why vinyl matters, why we love it, why it is better for music (we actually listen to it) and better for us.
Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don't have any surface noise...
I said listen mate, life has surface noise.
What a surprise, the illegal (under international conventions the Australian government has signed) treatment of asylum seekers continues, with more and more evidence being unearthed to demonstrate that Scott Morrison has continually lied to us. Although no doubt as with John Howard and the 'Children overboard' saga, he will simply claim everybody else knew, but they didn't tell him. So the not only were asylum seekers deliberately burned by Australian armed forces personnel, but that boat reached Australian territory. Lies, and lies by omission: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-24/asylum-seekers-describe-boat-turn-back/5342210 Read this article, it is absolutely damming. GPS, video footage, corroborating stories from people now hundreds o miles apart. It's all there.
It is great to be rich, you can throw good food away for the flimsiest of reasons and not even care. Costco, the huge US retailer, is dumping millions of jars of peanut butter, that has been extensively tested and found OK, ratehr than allow it to be donated to food banks. Why? Well you'd have to ask them and they aren't saying, but presumably it is because a) they might, in the long run, lose a few sales and b) there is a chance that if they donate it and there is a problem they will get bad publicity. There is a law specifically protecting them legally if they donate the food, so it isn't legal worries. What a waste: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/costco-26m-peanut-butter-new-mexico-landfill
I really feel for Danny Ricciardo, it was great to see him up there on the podium, but I feel that his team let him down. The disqualification was entirely justified and it is very unlikely to be overturned. All the teams were using the same sensor and several of them weren't happy with it. Basically Red Bull told the FIA to go jump, whilst the other teams turned down their fuel flow as requested. Therefore, it wasn't a level playing field. There's a good article on Autosport.
no other team went down the Red Bull route and deliberately ignored the sensor reading
So. Rather than leave everything to Facebook and all the anoyances that entails I have ditched my account and turned my old site into a blog. There are some rather old overviews of my past work, a few random pages on my interests and, by default, whatever random stuff I've felt like posting.