Posts by Pat W



Keep on running - Hello, Pat here from If you follow my blog, tweets or my comments here at Sidepodcast, you'll know I am interested in all manner of different forms of motorsport in addition to Formula 1. Not all of it matches up to F1's standards, yet much of it is still enjoyable and I'm convinced fans of one form of racing will like some other forms of racing.


Daily: 23rd June 2010 - Hello, Pat here. You may have seen me from such guest posts as the Indy 500 preview or the Le Mans preview, or the one with the rhino (not to mention my own blogs). I'm sorry to say your regularly-scheduled Wednesday Daily Provider is ill - get well soon Gavin! Put your feet up and watch the footie (I hope your boss doesn't think that's why you're off..).

2010 FIFA World Cup: Day 14 - Wasn't yesterday tense? It was for me, I was following the earlier games in the office via the comments and live blogs. Not a lot of work got done! No doubt the same pattern will be repeated in offices elsewhere in the world today among those who couldn't get time off, or simply didn't plan ahead and ask (oops).


Daily: 20th July 2010 - Hiya, me again. Marilene is busy having a new internet connection installed as part of a deal that comes with sports on cable, a wise choice if I may say so, and as supersub I'm filling in although I can't promise quite so many bulletpoints.


Daily: 16th September 2010 - Hello, Pat here and I'll be your Daily-writer for today, and perhaps every other Thursday? Who knows, we'll see how this goes.


Daily: 7th October 2010 - Hello again, Pat here and it is my turn to write this Thursday's Daily, a weekday so devious the work has to be shared between Alex and myself just so it doesn't take its toll on us, although as I said last time I tend to find Wednesdays harder for some reason.

Daily: 21st October 2010 - Hello everyone. I'd written 1060 words about Korea, VivaF1's quiz, links to this and that. But I hit publish just as MediaTemple failed so it was all lost, so you'll have to make do with this short version as it is now well after 2am and I should've been in bed over an hour ago. Mr C says do not use this shower of a hosting company.


Daily: 14th November 2010 - Hello everyone. Surprise. I'm filling in for Lou as she so graciously stood in for me last week while I moved house, so thanks Lou!I'm all settled in now, save for living among several unpacked boxes and having nowhere to hang my shirts and things. Did you know it takes 21 days to deliver the wardrobe I want? There was I thinking I could go and just buy one. Technically I could but who has a brown wardrobe when everything else in the room is black? My living room has brown furniture and who has a wardrobe in their living room? Anyway. Race day!

Daily: 18th November 2010 - Today is Thursday which often means it will be a bad day, but it isn't any Thursday because this is the 18th of November which makes it my sister's birthday, so Happy 14th Birthday Celine even though you have no idea this post exists. I therefore choose to believe today is a good day.


Daily: 2nd December 2010 - Can you believe it is December already? Incredible. I blame Bernie Ecclestone. Here in the UK we've had a great dusting of snow all across the country resulting in all sorts of travel disruption - everywhere except my part of the country, that is. We're missing out! If it has to be this cold it could at least have the good grace to snow properly.

Daily: 16th December 2010 - Hiya. I seem to be having a week of Thursdays at the moment, it isn't going well, though I do like to think I get them out of the way in one go so that I can then have a nice long run of good Thursdays! I hope yours will be good.I like to use my Dailies as a little diary of what I've been up to since last time we met here, but you've caught me just when I'm feeling a bit pressured from work and other things. I've so much I want to get done especially with blog posts and associated projects, I'd made big plans for it this winter and haven't been able to touch it really what with moving and everything, most frustrating. After a hard day at work it is far more enjoyable to fall into the comments or Twitter and just hang out for a while! Absolutely nothing wrong in that of course.



Daily: 10th January 2011 - Hello, and as this is my first Daily of 2011, Happy New Year! Your regular Monday-writer RG has been busy revising for an exam - good luck RG! - and I've stepped in as we seem to be missing a stand-in post. I feel I owe a post anyway after forgetting one myself a couple of weeks ago. :)The 3rd Bloggers' Swap Shop is coming up soon, check out the pairings at VivaF1 which has recently had a really nice facelift. I'll be writing for Leigh and hosting words written by Gavin and Adie and there are also some new faces on the list, which is great to see - I'm really looking forward to it! Posts will appear on the weekend of January 21st.

Daily: 13th January 2011 - Hello there, happy Thursday.So my wardrobe, it finally arrived after a month's delay! I'm very happy because I put it together tonight (hence why I'm a bit late writing this) and for the first time since September I have a tidy bedroom - it feels so much calmer and less chaotic now. I'm a firm believer that even if the rest of the house is an utter tip, the bedroom must be tidy because that is your place of rest, your sanctuary even.A big 'get well soon' to all those suffering colds and 'flu and anything else. doo do do do do do baah

Daily: 27th January 2011 - Hello. How are you? In this Daily we talk of Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg's new style, UK TV coverage of American racing, mention the GBS Blogathon and share a few songs you might be interested in.


Daily: 10th February 2011 - Hello and welcome to Thursday. I am having a relaxing evening and nearly forgot it was my turn. I've got the red wine out and the Sigur Rós playing thanks to Lukeh's post about music videos.So.. what's been going on?

Daily: 24th February 2011 - Hello Thursday, you've come around quickly! Let's see what's happening..Tonight we will hopefully see a shuttle launch, as Discovery will be lifting off at 9.50pm GMT to fly to the International Space Station. Sadly this is Discovery's final flight, at the completion of this mission it is scheduled to be retired. You don't want to miss the final launch, especially as there are a limited number of flights for the rest of the shuttle fleet.


Daily: 10th March 2011 - Hello everyone. Today I have a few bits of F1 and IndyCar news, some podcast links, and a few bits of music to check out.

Daily: 24th March 2011 - Apologies for the late Daily, I was trying to sort out a card and some presents for my sister but neither Moonpig nor Amazon wanted to accept my order straight away, I had set up accounts and verify addresses and all sorts.So... who's ready for some open-wheel racing? I am! Formula 1 is back. IndyCar is back.


Daily: 7th April 2011 - Two weeks is the ideal time gap between Grands Prix isn't it? Not so close as to run over the top of the last race and overwhelm us, yet just long enough that by this 2nd Thursday of the cycle you are desperate for another F1 race. I'm all for watching as much racing as possible because there's no reason to keep F1 as the be-all and end-all of racing, but there's nothing quite like an F1 race to satisfy the bug we all have. Still, it is an early race for us Europeans so what else is happening, what more can be watched?

Daily: 21st April 2011 - We have a nice break this weekend, for many of us it is a four-day weekend for Easter with Good Friday tomorrow and a holiday on Monday too (with due apologies to those working in retail or in places around the world without time off). And with the extra holiday next Friday for the Royal Wedding we get two long weekends in a row - bonus!Most forms of racing are taking a break too, meaning we can have a nice little rest to recover after the opening salvos in all the major series. How will you spend yours?


Daily: 5th May 2011 - Hello, welcome to Thursday. Nearly there. Just one more day until F1 track action and two days until many of us get to see some of it. Not long now. The break is nearly over.Lots more racing this weekend too, there's a list in here and everything!

Daily: 19th May 2011 - Hello everyone, Thursday is upon us once more which means we've broken the back of the week, it is nearly race weekend!


Daily: 2nd June 2011 - Space, racing and music. What more do you need? It's a Thursday, take it easy.

Daily: 16th June 2011 - Do join me in wishing a very happy birthday to Christine!I'm sure the ideal birthday present would be to install a Kindle app of some kind and buy her new book.


Daily: 14th July 2011 - Hello everyone, and a happy Bastille Day if you happen to be French (or particularly revolutionary). A very good excuse for wine, cheese, croissants, or pain au chocolat as Amy did.

Daily: 28th July 2011 - Hello. The big news on the site at the moment is the ongoing discussion about the future of Daily posts. Do check out Allan McNish's article on FIA Stewarding, and Joe Saward's piece on fluff news at this time of year.I hate the log flume.


Daily: 11th August 2011 - Hi, and welcome to Thursday. Today we learn about the popularity of words, see pictures of a Martian landscape, delve into the history of the Apollo missions, find out if my car passed its MOT, and take a look at this week's racing schedule - and all that in under 325 words!

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Six Nations - France vs Ireland - This is the second weekend of the tournament which pitches England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy against each other. The atmosphere in the Stade de France always looks and sounds amazing for these games in Paris and an evening match should be no worse off for it. Ireland lost to Wales last week and will be out to prove themselves; France are usually the stronger side but last week although they won they seemed slow at first against an Italian team which is often the weakest of the six - have the Italians got better or did the French have a bad day?