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 here 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.
Talking of new looks for blogs, I've recently spruced up my two blogs as well to make them a little easier to read, they are a little rough around the edges but I'm happy with how they turned out, I hope you like them.
The talk of the moment in the comments is the NFL and people were live-commenting that over the weekend, apparently there were some shocks but since BBC1 airs highlights this evening in the UK I'll leave you to find those out for yourselves. The other thing was the FA Cup, where... things happened.. probably? Anyway, after seeing the rubbish on Twitter during that game let's not go there.
Back to motorised competition with the Dakar. What an event this is. Nasser al-Attiyah won Sunday's car stage ahead of his teammates Carlos Sainz and Giniel de Villiers, a clear margin ahead of BMW who had a tough weekend losing the MINI of Chicherit and the X-Raid of Terranova. They are still in the fight and anything can happen on the Dakar. Sainz leads the rally overall by a slender margin over al-Attiyah, Peterhansel's BMW lies 3rd.
Francisco Lopez Contardo won the bike stage ahead of Despres and Coma. The overall standings are in the exact reverse order so this could be a good fight for the final week!
Whilst Kabirov looks in control in the Kamaz truck, the real surprise is Loprais driving a Tatra who took the win on Sunday - this race might not be the foregone conclusion many had predicted.
Thanks to Guille for linking the above photo and this great 3min video update, these are posted daily to the official Dakar YouTube account:
As a Williams fan and a Barrichello fan I am pleased he is taking 2011 even more seriously than his previous seasons - he is even eating rabbit food.
Have a good Monday! I'll be back Thursday with another Dakar update and potentially news of my new wardrobe.