Pinch, punch, first of the month! No returns! We have managed to turn up in the 7th month of the year with the arrival of July (how did we get here already?!) and that can mean only one thing - today marks the start of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011!! Wooohoooo!! Ohh I do love the Festival of Speed. Not to mention some lovely summer weather. Isn't it marvellous? But after a brilliant week of meeting lovely Sidepodpeople and watching Realtime Realtime Discussion there there's plenty more going on today as we have a FANTASTIC day of tennis ahead at Wimbledon with semi final action, so keep an eye out for the Wimbledon thread later on!
Oh, and if you're lucky enough to not be working today and heading down to Goodwood, why not meet up with fellow Sidepodpeople and just say hello! Don't be shy, I know for a fact Janna, Kai, Pat and Lou will be meeting up at the main sculpture outside Goodwood House at 12 noon so head over, say hello and meet the absolute legends that these people are. You won't regret it I promise!
Well you wanted a car for your birthday, be grateful! - What better way to start the daily than with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It is the birthday of smily smily
Carol Smilie Daniel Ricciardo and what better way to celebrate than with a drive...for..uh, HRT. OK so it ain't great but Daniel will be replacing Karthikeyan from Silverstone. Let's remember Narain's legendary moments, like that time [INSERT MEMORY WHEN IT HAPPENS]. Legen-dary! On the topic of HRT, they're having a shuffle like a Chunk tribute act and Colin Kolles is stepping back, yay! On the downside there are rumours of him joining Williams. Spine. shivering. scary.
A man who keeps his feet on the ground, but in the sky - I find it ironic that a man like Mark Webber who clearly has his feet so firmly on the ground his shadow is getting a bit sick of the weight to be learning to fly but it seems the Foo Fighters have inspired Mr Webber to become a pilot with their song Learn to Fly. OK, so maybe they didn't, but Qantas are supporting Mark in his bid to become a pilot. Very awesome side project to have, really!
Stone Cold Grand Prix Austin - Good news for the people of America and the Six Million Dollar Man and any other Austin related name as the Austin councillers have approved for the F1 to go ahead and for everything to be ready for the 2012 United States Grand Prix. I'm quite excited by this you know. I'm not sure why really, maybe it's because it's in Austin and that reminds me of this Austin but I dunno, it'll be fantastic for the US to have a race. Wales too. Yes, Wales needs a race. *nods to self*
Off down the Parc Ferme with some buddies - Fancy some good podcasting action to listen to today? Make sure you check out Leigh's fantastic latest podcast with Alexander Rossi of World Series of Renault fame and commentator John Hindhaugh join him. I have no idea how Leigh manages to get names like that onto his podcast but it's incredibly impressive and you'd really be missing out if you didn't give it a listen.
A bit of music and a lot more mud - You've gotta love Glastonbury. After a weekend of music filled awesome and plenty of changeable weather there's always lots of brilliant atmospheric photos and the Big Picture is no exception. Big props to the brilliant older couple jamming it with a reggae band inside the reggae tent in this list, love their spirit and just getting down some smooth moves! Although you just have to look at picture 20. I'm not even ruining it for you. You just have to see it for yourself. Bassano would be proud of that guy. Impressive though!
History Wistory Timey Wimey - I know what you're thinking. It's something we all think every day - what would an illustrated history of the world look like? Yes, a common thought up there with Why is EJ still speaking and How do they make Hob Nobs so sturdy?! Of course, this little illustration is just so cool and I had to share it. Maybe it's the thought of Romans enjoying their beer or a dude splitting time but I just love it and it's very true too!
Let's throw a few final little things out there to end the day on.
Fancy some cheap PC gaming action today? Steam have started their summer sale and the list is absolutely ridiculous. It truly is. And that list isn't even complete yet - it's only 2/3 full! Absolutely silly. I notice every single Sims 3 game out with the many expansions for £50... considering that's about 8 titles...
Maybe gaming isn't your thing, that's cool. Can I tempt you with this marvellous little collection of Shaun of the Dead posters as created by various designers? They're all so utterly genius and the creativity is mindblowing, everyone one of them could be a movie poster!
Oh, and here's a little bit of news for you - turns out it wasn't Michael Jackson in The Simpsons. Man, I could've told you this 20 years ago! It was Leon Kompowsky after all! Duh! Doh, as that Homer chap would say. I miss The Simpsons being absolutely amazing. It's so hard to watch now...
...and if any of the above doesn't attract you in any way this video will because EVERYONE loves penguins!
And that's me done for the week. I'm so excited for Goodwood tomorrow when I head down there and bask in all it's Goodwoodiness. Whatever you're doing today whether it be work, at home, at Goodwood or watching the tennis or anything, have a brilliant day and come and say hello in the comments! Have a fabulous, positive Friday!