Has it really been four weeks? Have we really had two more races? Just where is the year going?

F1 moved back to Western Europe and with that came Heikki’s best qualifying of the year, 15th in Spain! In my last post I wrote that I should be focusing my attention onto the team getting into Q2 so clearly I’m going to take all the credit for it. Unfortunately he ended up retiring from the race but I didn’t mind him crashing in Spain simply because it wasn’t as bad as his crash in 2008. That was a terrifying one!

Monaco was next and Heikki came in 14th, his best finish of the year. If only a few more people could have issues on a Sunday, points are so close. Seriously, what is with the reliability out there! The bookmakers seem to think he’s not far away because the odds I’m getting on my $2 bets for a points finish every race are getting lower and lower. We’ve now headed to Canada for the weekend and Heikki has so far been 18th in FP1 and 12th in FP2. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend brings, I love this track! I’m planning on paying a visit in 2013 which is rather far away so don’t worry, I’m not doing any actual planning yet.

After Turkey, Heikki took a trip to Bratislava to watch Finland take on Sweden in the ice hockey world championships final. Finland won and Heikki took away some inspiration from their victory. I’d quite like to become an ice hockey fan, I don’t know much about it but the people I know who like ice hockey all seem to be F1 fans! Heikki then headed to Spain where he rescued a bird from his hotel room. These drivers certainly get up to all kinds of things.

Also on Heikki’s agenda in the last four weeks was a scenic looking road trip to Monaco with Catherine, an appearance in the Amber Fashion Show and a new computer from Team Lotus partners Dell.

As well as trying to arrange a golfing outing with Rubens and pro golfer Ian Poulter, Heikki has been tweeting about an awful lot of sports. Golf, athletics, football, tennis, and MotoGP. He’s definitely quite a sports fan and gets big points from me for watching tennis and saying nice things about Roger!

Heikki is still doing a brilliant job of replying to his fans on Twitter which I like to see but unless you pay a visit to his Facebook page you may not realise he also replies very often on there too. If you’re on Facebook and haven’t yet liked this page, maybe now would be a good time to start!

Prior to the on track action this weekend, Heikki was one of the drivers in attendance at the FOTA Fans Forum in Montreal. There is a full transcript available on the FOTA Website. I haven’t had a read of it yet so I’m not sure what Heikki had to say but I’ll be more prepared to read when it’s not 4am. These time zones aren’t the best! If you were a fan who attended let us know how it went. There are two more fan forums planned for the UK and at Monza this year and if you’re interested in attending you’ll find all the details here.

That's all from me, have a great weekend!

217 responses

  • Pat W10/06/2011 at 23:08

    Hi Saturday, and a ping from me too http://toomuchracing.com/2011/06/11/start-times-10-12-june-2011/

  • RG10/06/2011 at 23:17

    If you want to get into hockey then you can go into the deep end with the Stanley Cup in 45 minutes (ish).

    Also, a big who needs preparation thingy: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/92164

  • Sidepodcast Update10/06/2011 at 23:45
  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 00:07

    I've scheduled a live thread for Le Mans. Repurposed the quali post as it is the same sources and info really. Somehow I made it longer so it is 1500 words.

  • Dan Brunell11/06/2011 at 03:56

    Evening everyone.

    This is going to be a long weekend.

  • Sidepodcast Update11/06/2011 at 05:45
  • MartiV811/06/2011 at 08:12

    Good morning everyone :)

    I've been offline for a couple of days, but now I am back.

    It's Le Mans day!!

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 09:10

    Morning everyone

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 09:11

    Some brilliant news -

    @StirlingMossCom: The ACO have allowed SM a lap of honour will take place at 1215 at #LeMans

  • RubberGoat11/06/2011 at 09:18

    I've scheduled a live thread for Le Mans. Repurposed the quali post as it is the same sources and info really. Somehow I made it longer so it is 1500 words.

    Have you included the drinking game?

  • RubberGoat11/06/2011 at 09:19

    Morning.

    Had a tactical sleep in and made some bread in the breadmaker. Still unsure as to whether I am going to do the whole 24 or take a catnap at 2am...

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 09:21

    Had a tactical sleep in and made some bread in the breadmaker. Still unsure as to whether I am going to do the whole 24 or take a catnap at 2am...

    I'm doing the first couple of hours, breaking for Canada Qualifying, then out to the pub at about 10pm-1am, staying up til about 6/7am, sleeping for about 3 hours, then watching until the flag.

    :)

  • RubberGoat11/06/2011 at 09:22

    I'm doing the first couple of hours, breaking for Canada Qualifying, then out to the pub at about 10pm-1am, staying up til about 6/7am, sleeping for about 3 hours, then watching until the flag.

    I don't normally watch F1 qualifying, so I probably won't today either. I have time between the end of Le Mans and the start of F1 to do so, anyway.

    Last year my inlaws came over, so we watched Le Mans, then qualy, then I went out to watch a world cup match at the pub, came home and watched the rest...

  • RubberGoat11/06/2011 at 09:23

    I was really tired last night too - stayed up late expecting my parents to call and they never did. So we will see how that affects things.

  • MartiV811/06/2011 at 09:55

    Hi again!

    How are you?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 09:56

    How are you?

    Not too bad Marti,

    How are you?

  • MartiV811/06/2011 at 09:57

    How are you?

    Quite tired :) Yesteday I arrived from Toulouse. I stayed there for four days on a school trip.

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:12

    Have you included the drinking game?

    No, can be a comments thing though

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 10:12

    Morning chaps

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:13

    Morning Lukeh

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:13

    Had a tactical sleep in and made some bread in the breadmaker. Still unsure as to whether I am going to do the whole 24 or take a catnap at 2am...

    I'm likely to take a sleep at 2 or 3am and might miss the indycar.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 10:14

    How are we all this fine weekend?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:17

    How are we all this fine weekend?

    Not too bad - putting the final touches to the new "Something for the Weekend" site. Relaunch in approximately 14 minutes

    :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 10:17

    Not too bad - putting the final touches to the new "Something for the Weekend" site. Relaunch in approximately 14 minutes

    Ooh exciting times!

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:17

    How are we all this fine weekend?

    A bit dazed after the first semi-decent sleep in a week :)

    Listening to radio le mans whilst I potter about getting breakfast, should have a shower in a minute.. can I be bothered to get a haircut and get supplies..

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 10:20

    Listening to radio le mans whilst I potter about getting breakfast, should have a shower in a minute.. can I be bothered to get a haircut and get supplies..

    Need to go get a haircuit too. But the place is all thr way over there *points in general direction*

    Too much effort :)

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:21

    Need to go get a haircuit too. But the place is all thr way over there *points in general direction*

    Exactly! And there are only 90 minutes until an hour before Le Mans!

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:21

    heheh

    @emmastonier - Only in Le Mans...flash mob dance routine on the track by the marshals! http://twitpic.com/59z2ig

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 10:28

    Exactly! And there are only 90 minutes until an hour before Le Mans!

    Hehe, that's the best excuse ever.

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:32

    Martin Birrane of Lola says he's looking at F1 in 2013 with the new engines (part of a long interview on RLM)

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:33

    Hehe, that's the best excuse ever.

    :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:34

    As promised (OK, one minute late), here's the relaunched Something for the Weekend site - http://theweekendpollution.wordpress.com

    What better video to get going with than Kraftwerk's "Muaique non-Stop" - http://theweekendpollution.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/the-night-kraftwerk-scared-me-to-death/

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:35

    What better video to get going with than Kraftwerk's "Muaique non-Stop" - theweekendpolluti…ared-me-to-death/

    That may need a minor parental advisory warning - a very minor one though (woops)

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 10:35

    As promised (OK, one minute late), here's the relaunched Something for the Weekend site - http://theweekendpollution.wordpress.com

    cool

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 10:37

    As promised (OK, one minute late), here's the relaunched Something for the Weekend site - http://theweekendpollution.wordpress.com

    Ooooh!

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:38

    cool

    Ooooh!

    There's also an archive along the side going back the last year of entries.

    :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 10:40

    Tom Hanks PING

    http://wp.me/1x0FA

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2011 at 10:48

    It begins...

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:49

    It begins...

    ??

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2011 at 10:53

    ??

    Le Mans coverage :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 10:57

    Le Mans coverage :D

    Aye - it's on here too

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2011 at 11:04

    Le Mans by the numbers: http://www.michelinalley.com/?p=5418

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2011 at 11:04

    Pat, is it too late to add the drinking game to your Le Mans post?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 11:10

    Adrian Fernandez = legend

    :D

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2011 at 11:10

    Live feed from the corvette garage: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lm2011-corvette

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 11:11

    I'll need to figure a stream for the first couple of hours - I don't have B Eurosport 2

  • Eric the baker11/06/2011 at 11:15

    Le Mans coverage :D

    their site streaming is okay, but for those who prefer to use another streaming app, like winamp or fstream on the iphone, the feed is here

    http://direct.sharp-stream.com/radioshow.mp3

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 11:16

    Pat, is it too late to add the drinking game to your Le Mans post?

    Sorry was having a shower. I'm not changing the post now particularly when I don't really know what you are talking about..

  • Eric the baker11/06/2011 at 11:17

    Pat, is it too late to add the drinking game to your Le Mans post?

    I have a rule. Finish your drink and pour another when your chosen team changes their driver.

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 11:17

    Ping - http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-2011-le-mans-24-hours-race

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/06/2011 at 11:17

    Pat, is it too late to add the drinking game to your Le Mans post?

    A shot for every time Hindy and haven rant??

  • Sidepodcast Update11/06/2011 at 11:45
  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 12:15

    Got home just in time for the start of Murray's semi final, good stuff. He looked remarkably calm just there.

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 12:27

    Goo RAndy!

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 12:29

    I played as Andy Murray against Roddick on Top spin 4 last night on grass and won as Murray 6-4 6-7 6-1, therefore, murray will win.

    Because games are deifnitely the best predicition device :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:29

    Goo RAndy!

    noooo!!

    and does that may Murray ... MAndy?.. can that's not great :)

    also, Amy, you MUST go to Queens at one point..

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 12:30

    and does that may Murray ... MAndy?.. can that's not great :)

    the Internet has spoken I'm afraid :)

    also, Amy, you MUST go to Queens at one point..

    one day I'll do a Queens/Wimbledon trip :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:31

    I played as Andy Murray against Roddick on Top spin 4 last night on grass and won as Murray 6-4 6-7 6-1, therefore, murray will win.

    hehe

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:33

    the Internet has spoken I'm afraid :)

    noooo!!

    one day I'll do a Queens/Wimbledon trip :)

    you have to, absolutely have to! our tickets cost us £17 yesterday and we had some super seats! specially the Del Potro doubles match! oh my goodness we were as close as i'm assuming you usually get as a media photog, just brilliant! :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 12:34

    you have to, absolutely have to! our tickets cost us £17 yesterday and we had some super seats! specially the Del Potro doubles match! oh my goodness we were as close as i'm assuming you usually get as a media photog, just brilliant! :)

    For the price that is awesome. Think I may have to come and visit Queens next year at least. Plus you must have got some awesome photographs being that close.

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 12:36

    you have to, absolutely have to! our tickets cost us £17 yesterday and we had some super seats! specially the Del Potro doubles match! oh my goodness we were as close as i'm assuming you usually get as a media photog, just brilliant! :)

    Kait may just explode when she sees photos :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:38

    For the price that is awesome. Think I may have to come and visit Queens next year at least. Plus you must have got some awesome photographs being that close.

    hm tennis is very hard to photograph :(

    ahh am completely in love with the whole experience of watching live tennis. I've always gone and watched the local grass tournaments but they aren't quite the same. :) I may even have to blog it, it was just so awesome, and tennis fans are genuinely lovely friendly people :) The atmosphere was next to none. I'm gonna have to see if i can go to Wimbledon this year, but Queens could end up being a yearly thing for me i think.

  • Mr C11/06/2011 at 12:39

    hm tennis is very hard to photograph

    how come? they only move a few meters and are slower than cars.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:39

    Kait may just explode when she sees photos :)

    hehe i'll have a look through them in a bit once i'm finished cleaning the kitchen for mum and upload them somewhere for her :) i may have gone a bit mental with taking pics of him for her..

    Del Potro is a bit of a strange chap really but am happy they won, was a great game to watch!

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:42

    how come? they only move a few meters and are slower than cars.

    maybe it was just me, or the ever changing light (stupid rain/storm/ cloud/sun) but getting the balance between good composition, lighting and seizing that moment when they throw the racquet on the floor, or celebrate can be a bit tough first time. I was alright by the end, but yeah. Being in the crowd you are sometimes limited by angles etc cause you can't move around too much.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:49

    i love watching Murray when he plays this well, a joy to watch :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 12:52

    The weather here has gone from stunning to thunderstorms to broody clouds and now it's sunny and thundering. The weather gods had a heavy Friday night.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:53

    The weather here has gone from stunning to thunderstorms to broody clouds and now it's sunny and thundering. The weather gods had a heavy Friday night.

    you've got our weather from Queens yesterday, cold and thundery one minute, blue skies the next! i think the most we had yesterday was an hour and a half of play :(

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 12:55

    The weather here has gone from stunning to thunderstorms to broody clouds and now it's sunny and thundering. The weather gods had a heavy Friday night.

    I just went for a run in boiling sunshine and now it's all grey and windy. Can't decide if I was lucky or not :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:56

    I just went for a run in boiling sunshine and now it's all grey and windy. Can't decide if I was lucky or not :)

    i'd say lucky! running in the cold and wind can't be fun

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 12:57

    I just went for a run in boiling sunshine and now it's all grey and windy. Can't decide if I was lucky or not :)

    I tried running in the rain and wind once, it was a bad experience

    Granted I was only running for a bus but still :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 12:57

    i'd say lucky! running in the cold and wind can't be fun

    Wind definitely. Rain is fine. Sun is hard. It's completely backwards.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 12:59

    ahh so happy Murray had a day off now, he's come back on top form! totally worth not seeing him.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:00

    ahh so happy Murray had a day off now, he's come back on top form! totally worth not seeing him.

    He looked so calm and composed before the match started, you can tell that day off really helped.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:02

    Wonder if Murray can get this all wrapped up before FP2?

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:03

    Or Fp3, even. The fact we're at 2pm on a saturday and there's still 2 sessions of f1 to come has broken my f1 mind.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:03

    Wonder if Murray can get this all wrapped up before FP2?

    Roddick has got himself all wound up.. if murray continues to be this powerful then maybe. Depends if Roddick wants to wake up or not.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:09

    Roddick has got himself all wound up.. if murray continues to be this powerful then maybe. Depends if Roddick wants to wake up or not.

    He seems really inconsistent, like in that game he just won he seemed much better yet he'll probably be rrrrrubbish again now.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:13

    oh Murray calm down, stop over reacting every time the ball goes out, you're actually doing well no need to get upset every time it goes out :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 13:14

    oh Murray calm down, stop over reacting every time the ball goes out, you're actually doing well no need to get upset every time it goes out :)

    *cough* Hulk *cough*

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:14

    *cough* Hulk *cough*

    hehe!

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:14

    Mum is annoyed this tournament isn't sponsored by stella artois anymore. Dunno what that says.

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 13:16

    Had a sneak peek on the set of ST: Voyager - The Older Generation. Looks different

    http://post.ly/2C0v8

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:16

    a set and 2 breaks up!! *so proud*

    I did get very mad at Cilic yesterday for not letting me see Murray play, but i kinda don't mind that any more :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:17

    I did get very mad at Cilic yesterday for not letting me see Murray play, but i kinda don't mind that any more :)

    There will be other opportunities to shake your fist at Cilic at I'm sure :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:18

    Mum is annoyed this tournament isn't sponsored by stella artois anymore. Dunno what that says.

    the Corona bar was pretty cool tho.. plus the highland spring complimentary cocktails went down well! :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:20

    oh my goodness me!

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:20

    I think that was the tennis equivalent of 'Have it!!!'

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:24

    WOHOOOOOOOO <3

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:24

    Colour me impressed. Well done andy :D

    What a poor finish to end on though! Sums up Roddick's performance.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:27

    Happy Murray :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:29

    I feel torn now about the other semi. Want Ward to win because that would be a huge upset and a British finish tomorrow but Tsonga is a great name because it's deceptive with it's T being all sneaky.

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 13:30

    I feel torn now about the other semi. Want Ward to win because that would be a huge upset and a British finish tomorrow but Tsonga is a great name because it's deceptive with it's T being all sneaky.

    An all British final? That's crazy talk.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:31

    An all British final? That's crazy talk.

    I know!

    It's not something that happens in our reality :) maybe in an alternate dimension where Tin Henman beat Pete Sampras and Rubens wins every race.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:32

    *Tim, he's not made of metal

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:32

    ahh Byran and Bryan beat Del Potro and Stepanek :( ah well kinda predictable i suppose.

    gooo James Ward! :) he's a great player, was great to see him play yesterday, but i'm not sure he'll get through, he played two tough matches yesterday and now to go to Centre Court against Tsonga. Maybe too much for James this year, few years time tho? Very happy for him tho, it's been what he's needed i think :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:33

    oh my goodness, falling down the stairs on live tv.. bet he's had better days :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:33

    He's very tall. or John Inverdale is very small.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:34

    oh my goodness, falling down the stairs on live tv.. bet he's had better days :)

    Good reactions ;)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:35

    He's very tall. or John Inverdale is very small.

    he's tall :) not too much taller than John tho based on yesterday, am assuming John was a step lower or something?

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 13:35

    I took a break to watch that Murray walker documentary while watching the match, back to tennis now because im curious about this james hap. enjoyed seeing that guy fall down the stairs too :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 13:35

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-canada-2011-free-practice-3

    Bonus Heikki for Amy.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:36

    ehehehe the umpire hiring that chair is kinda funny :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:37

    no doubles for Rafa?! :(

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:38

    I have a question for the tennis experts - how comes they only use eagle eye at some tournaments but not all of them? I noticed they didn't use it at Roland Garros but they do here and Wimbledon.

    Are our umpires just blatently lazy? :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:39

    I have a question for the tennis experts - how comes they only use eagle eye Hawk Eye at some tournaments but not all of them? I noticed they didn't use it at Roland Garros but they do here and Wimbledon.

    :)

    I'm gonna let Amy answer this one cause i'm not overly sure. They don't have it on any other courts by centre court at Queens (i don't think) so i'm guessing expense.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:40

    I'm gonna let Amy answer this one cause i'm not overly sure. They don't have it on any other courts by centre court at Queens (i don't think) so i'm guessing expense.

    oops, thank you for the correction. Deary me. But it just made me wonder yesterday, money related reasons makes sense though.

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 13:41

    oops, thank you for the correction. Deary me. But it just made me wonder yesterday, money related reasons makes sense though.

    They kept saying they were geared up for it at Roland Garros, they just hadn't switched it on.

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 13:43

    I have a question for the tennis experts - how comes they only use eagle eye at some tournaments but not all of them? I noticed they didn't use it at Roland Garros but they do here and Wimbledon.

    It doesn't speak French, obviously

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:43

    They kept saying they were geared up for it at Roland Garros, they just hadn't switched it on.

    I bet there was a little janitor man who wants to keep it traditional sitting next to the switch at Roland Garros with his arms crossed shouting 'NON!' whenever anyone tried to get him to turn it on

  • lou11/06/2011 at 13:43

    Pat Cash!! yaay! :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:45

    I must add quickly, having various dashboards is immensely useful for multiple sports being commented on. Excellent creation :)

  • Mr C11/06/2011 at 13:47

    I must add quickly, having various dashboards is immensely useful for multiple sports being commented on. Excellent creation

    the technology can cope, but can my brain?

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:49

    the technology can cope, but can my brain?

    :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:53

    Tsonga has started off well. Although I'm not expecting Ward to win I hope he doesn't get walked over.

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 13:53

    I'm gonna let Amy answer this one cause i'm not overly sure. They don't have it on any other courts by centre court at Queens (i don't think) so i'm guessing expense.

    They don't use it at any clay tournament since you can see the ball marks. They have the technology at RG because they sometimes show the animations, but they don't use them for actual challenging.

    It's quite expensive technology so it was originally only at centre court at the other 3 slams but its slowly being rolled out to other courts at other slams and to other smaller tournaments.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 13:54

    They don't use it at any clay tournament since you can see the ball marks. They have the technology at RG because they sometimes show the animations, but they don't use them for actual challenging.

    oooh, that also makes sense. Thanks Amy :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 14:12

    Awww. Tsonga takes the first set. Ward has been fighting away though which is something :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 14:33

    Ward is looking much stronger this set :D

  • lou11/06/2011 at 14:54

    am proad of James, he's holding up better than i thought in this second set.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 14:54

    am proad of James, he's holding up better than i thought in this second set.

    he's done really well!

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 14:56

    I'm surprised the British tennis media haven't all collapsed from heart attacks after deciding that clearly he's going to win Wimbledon.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 14:57

    I'm surprised the British tennis media haven't all collapsed from heart attacks after deciding that clearly he's going to win Wimbledon.

    You mean he isn't?

    Well I'm not watching anymore, hmph :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 14:57

    I'm surprised the British tennis media haven't all collapsed from heart attacks after deciding that clearly he's going to win Wimbledon.

    haha :)

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 14:58

    I've started watching handball videos on Youtube because I've been told I absolutely have to go see it at the Olympics.

    What an insane sport.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:01

    I've started watching handball videos on Youtube because I've been told I absolutely have to go see it at the Olympics.

    They used to show handball highlights/news on a show I used to watch called transworld sport on channel 4 just after the aussie rules football section and I could never decide which I found more mental to watch. Most amusing though just because both seemed to be anything goes really :)

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:02

    it kind of looks like netball, but they're running with the ball, and they have proper football goals. I need to choose a country to adopt for it because I bet NZ won't be sending a team :D

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:06

    ahh bravo Tsonga.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:06

    Unlucky James :( gave it a bloody good go though.

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:06

    @NeilHarmanTimes from an hour ago:

    BBC pick out a man in crowd saying it's James Ward's nervous Dad. Wrong man

    poor British #2, no one really cares because you're not Andy

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:10

    Heheh, I like Tsonga. :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:11

    I suddenly eat my words

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:11

    i loved the look of panic on his face when they said they had a picture of him with no clothes on

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:12

    i loved the look of panic on his face when they said they had a picture of him with no clothes on

    Hahah!

    What a dude. Will be a good final tomorrow :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:14

    Results ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-canada-2011-free-practice-3-results

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:15

    No wait. This ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/canada-2011-free-practice-3-results/

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:15

    Little bit disappointed to find out my step dad has bought red paint for redecoration... um...

    bugger. :(

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:15

    right, 1am, what else to do but to introduce my cookbooks to my scanner :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:18

    Little bit disappointed to find out my step dad has bought red paint for redecoration... um...

    you're getting your room painted red AGAIN??

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:19

    you're getting your room painted red AGAIN??

    I'm not sure how 'something light that is not red' has translated to red...

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:20

    I'm not sure how 'something light that is not red' has translated to red...

    are they trying to make you move out? :D

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:21

    I'm not sure how 'something light that is not red' has translated to red...

    i honestly don't know know how you cope with your room as it is.... too much red?.. you said you were getting new carpets? they're not red too are they?..

    .. you can take paint back you know.. ;) we usually get the tester pots and try those but once mum got the wrong shade and we took it back and replaced it, as long as it's not open and you have the receipt it doesn't matter.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:22

    are they trying to make you move out? :D

    Well it's working. Grrrr.

    It's all gone awkward now I've questioned why he's got red despite knowing... I need a motorhome. or Burb.

  • Mr C11/06/2011 at 15:22

    forget not wanting red, who paints a room red? can we call you roxanne from now on?

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:23

    It's all gone awkward now I've questioned why he's got red despite knowing... I need a motorhome. or Burb.

    just ask him if he can take you back so you can get a shade you prefer?... mum makes me paint my room myself/ choose the colours etc.. so i can't complain at her if i don't like it :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:23

    forget not wanting red, who paints a room red? can we call you roxanne from now on?

    hehehe!! Lukeh already has a red room, i honestly don't know how he wakes up without a headache each day.

  • Alex Andronov11/06/2011 at 15:23

    Hey everyone. All go here, but just had a moment to pop in and remind people about the Pole poll.

    http://sofaf1.com/2011/06/11/canadian-pole-poll-3/

    Hope everyone is doing well :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:24

    forget not wanting red, who paints a room red? can we call you roxanne from now on?

    I was young and foolish!

    Now I'm just foolish. I knew I should've done it myself.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:24

    ALLLEEEXX!! is giggles radio on tomorrow. i don't want to forget again.. i don't like people suggesting i'm having a feud with you when i just forgot :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:26

    Hey everyone. All go here, but just had a moment to pop in and remind people about the Pole poll.

    Allllll done!

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:26

    I was young and foolish!

    but... how on earth did your mum let you? :)

    Now I'm just foolish. I knew I should've done it myself.

    don't paint your room red again... specially if you don't want it red... and if it doesn't need it. it's a waste of paint!!

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:27

    but... how on earth did your mum let you? :)

    When I lived at home, I painted each one of my walls a different colour.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:28

    When I lived at home, I painted each one of my walls a different colour.

    ohhh... maybe it's just my mum then.. :)

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:28

    but... how on earth did your mum let you? :)

    I have never been allowed to choose the colour of my rooms, I hated it when I was a kid but looking back my parents were very wise to stay neutral :D

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:30

    ohhh... maybe it's just my mum then.. :)

    It's just paint. We could have spent ages arguing about it, or my parents could just let me do it and then let me paint it all white again when I couldn't bear it any longer.

  • Amy11/06/2011 at 15:30

    It's just paint. We could have spent ages arguing about it, or my parents could just let me do it and then let me paint it all white again when I couldn't bear it any longer.

    this may be why I had no choice - we were a wallpaper household :D

  • Alex Andronov11/06/2011 at 15:30

    ALLLEEEXX!! is giggles radio on tomorrow. i don't want to forget again.. i don't like people suggesting i'm having a feud with you when i just forgot :)

    Heh. No giggles radio tomorrow. No time sadly, but we'll have the Canadian Grand Prix instead :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:32

    They can't find the receipt even though they bought it earlier on!

    I would bang my head on the wall if it weren't red.

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:35

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/live-canada-2011-qualifying

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:36

    It's just paint. We could have spent ages arguing about it, or my parents could just let me do it and then let me paint it all white again when I couldn't bear it any longer.

    :D hehe this is true, my mum however, would never let me have different colours on each wall. It took her alot to let me have light purple rather than the white with a tint of pink she had preferred when i was small. I think it's something to do with the fact that she didn't want to waste money on paint and time painting it with me if she knew i wouldn't like it :D now of course i've got photos and posters all over the walls you can hardly see what colour it is anyways :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:37

    Heh. No giggles radio tomorrow. No time sadly, but we'll have the Canadian Grand Prix instead :)

    just wanted to make sure :) thanks.

  • Alex Andronov11/06/2011 at 15:39

    just wanted to make sure :) thanks.

    No problem. And glad everyone can now rest easy that there is no fued :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:39

    :D hehe this is true, my mum however, would never let me have different colours on each wall. It took her alot to let me have light purple rather than the white with a tint of pink she had preferred when i was small. I think it's something to do with the fact that she didn't want to waste money on paint and time painting it with me if she knew i wouldn't like it :D now of course i've got photos and posters all over the walls you can hardly see what colour it is anyways :)

    I can't remember if I saved up and paid for it or not, I probably did. Still, I think it's good practice for being able to paint walls. Always a handy skill.

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:40

    No problem. And glad everyone can now rest easy that there is no fued :)

    i just woke up and found myself in a fued... i'm sure that's how many start :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:40

    I can't remember if I saved up and paid for it or not, I probably did. Still, I think it's good practice for being able to paint walls. Always a handy skill.

    hehe i've had plenty of practice at painting, my sixth form made sure of that..

    #notbitterhonest

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 15:41

    hehe i've had plenty of practice at painting, my sixth form made sure of that..

    I remember.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 15:41

    hehe i've had plenty of practice at painting, my sixth form made sure of that..

    Oh goodness, I remember that. That set you up for life learning how to paint...

  • lou11/06/2011 at 15:42

    I remember.

    :) you'll be pleased to know my mum did too, and gave the teacher in charge a piece of her mind (have never seen mum that angry) and lodged a formal complaint :)

    #iheartmymum

  • Sidepodcast Classics11/06/2011 at 17:00

    Enjoy a little something from the sidepodcast.com back catalogue.

    - Japan 2010 - Free Practice 3 Results

    Originally published 09/10/2010

  • Sidepodcast Update11/06/2011 at 17:45
  • lou11/06/2011 at 18:30

    in case anyone missed it, i posted a few new photos on my flickr earlier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/loujohnson/

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 18:36

    in case anyone missed it, i posted a few new photos on my flickr earlier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/loujohnson/

    Yay!

    I love how the earl grey tea is described as pleasantly aromatic :)

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 18:45

    @F1TimingApp responds:

    As per the terms, we can't guarantee a live service. We can't afford to simply discount next years App I'm afraid

    My reply is NSFW

  • Mr C11/06/2011 at 18:47

    My reply is NSFW

    if they screw up you can blame them. if bernie's system screws up, what can they do?

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 18:49

    if they screw up you can blame them. if bernie's system screws up, what can they do?

    I do get that but it shouldn't be my problem. I understand the margins are low but we are getting a substandard service. If more people give bad feedback from bad experiences, people start to take notice

    In reality, I realise we're stuck with it

  • Mr C11/06/2011 at 18:51

    I understand the margins are low but we are getting a substandard service.

    only if your expectations are unreasonably high. they are a 2nd tier service relying on a provider. it's like yelling at us when mediatemple went down. nowt we can do.

    (okay we changed provider, but bernie is the only provider here)

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 18:53

    only if your expectations are unreasonably high. they are a 2nd tier service relying on a provider. it's like yelling at us when mediatemple went down. nowt we can do.

    I don't pay SPC [donations are optional and I choose to do that]

    If SoftPauer's customers find it unacceptable, they should be speak up and in turn this should be fed upwards. It's business, not unreasonable

    I know it won't change but I think it's a valid point

  • Mr C11/06/2011 at 18:56

    If SoftPauer's customers find it unacceptable, they should be speak up and in turn this should be fed upwards. It's business, not unreasonable

    agreed. i just don't find it unacceptable i guess.

  • Journeyer11/06/2011 at 18:57

    jakehumphreyf1: Apparently from Silverstone onwards, a new FIA directive will require big changes to teams exhausts. No doubt more on #bbcf1 site soon...

    Jake tweeted that just now, but is this the EBD change we've been discussing since... Spain, I think?

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 18:58

    jakehumphreyf1: Apparently from Silverstone onwards, a new FIA directive will require big changes to teams exhausts. No doubt more on #bbcf1 site soon...

    Jake tweeted that just now, but is this the EBD change we've been discussing since... Spain, I think?

    Maybe there's more to it

  • Pat W11/06/2011 at 19:06

    @MarussiaVirgin

    The FIA have allowed Jerome to race tomorrow, having considered the fact that he had to start with a new chassis this morning

    .

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 19:07

    Virgin: The FIA have allowed Jerome to race tomorrow, having considered the fact that he had to start with a new chassis this morning.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 19:07

    Virgin: The FIA have allowed Jerome to race tomorrow, having considered the fact that he had to start with a new chassis this morning.

    Hehe, there's an excuse for everything with this ruling :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 19:13

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/canada-2011-qualifying-results

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 19:22

    Virgin: The FIA have allowed Jerome to race tomorrow, having considered the fact that he had to start with a new chassis this morning.

    Devon knows how he made it so easy

  • Alison11/06/2011 at 19:49

    Eeeevening :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 19:50

    done a bit of blogging on books and the kindle PING http://toata.co.uk/index.php/2011/06/203-the-little-digital-bookworm/

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 19:50

    Eeeevening :)

    Hi Alison

    Wow, non motorsport talk feels weird. It's been a while :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 19:52

    Wow, non motorsport talk feels weird. It's been a while :)

    :D

  • Alison11/06/2011 at 19:54

    Wow, non motorsport talk feels weird. It's been a while :)

    I'm not in a very le mansy mood tbh.

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 19:54

    Wow, non motorsport talk feels weird. It's been a while :)

    :D

    Which means it's time for a break. Off to the shops for wine, snacks and maybe a film afterwards

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 19:55

    done a bit of blogging on books and the kindle PING toata.co.uk/index…digital-bookworm/

    Great post!

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 19:56

    I'm not in a very le mansy mood tbh.

    Qualy wasn't exciting so don't bother with that

    Shawshank's on ITV2

    TT 2011 on ITV4

    Hmmm, decisions

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 19:59

    Great post!

    Thanks :)

    Have been meaning to write something book-y for a while now, but this seemed to make a perfect blog post idea. I also wish I had a kindle to compare reading 1984 digitally compared to as a book... perhaps an idea for the kindle android app.

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 20:01

    Have been meaning to write something book-y for a while now, but this seemed to make a perfect blog post idea. I also wish I had a kindle to compare reading 1984 digitally compared to as a book... perhaps an idea for the kindle android app.

    Yes. I was going to comment, but really, I don't have a kindle so I don't qualify :)

    I'd go for convenience though. I can read a book on my phone, my iPod, my Mac or my iPad. I'm basically covered wherever I go :)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 20:07

    I'd go for convenience though. I can read a book on my phone, my iPod, my Mac or my iPad. I'm basically covered wherever I go :)

    That was something I meant to comment on myself but I forgot to mention it - another factor the digital side of things outs me off is I can't imagine reading a whole book on a small screen like the iPod or phone, it's another case of mental hurdles that need to be overcome but everything I go back to thinking of the convenience that obstacle tends to be pushed aside.

    It's like with music - the fact you can just simple get what you want now is immense but the big difference is there is no spiritual or physical connection to a single you'd buy in the shops. A book just has 'something'. I don't really know what but they just do.

    Gosh it's ridiculously sentimental and I could go on for hours talking about this :)

  • Alison11/06/2011 at 20:12

    That was something I meant to comment on myself but I forgot to mention it - another factor the digital side of things outs me off is I can't imagine reading a whole book on a small screen like the iPod or phone, it's another case of mental hurdles that need to be overcome but everything I go back to thinking of the convenience that obstacle tends to be pushed aside.

    My sister was telling me she's been reading the free classics you can get on a kindle app on her phone. I can't imagine it on that tiny screen but she was saying you don't notice it after a while.

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 20:12

    My sister was telling me she's been reading the free classics you can get on a kindle app on her phone. I can't imagine it on that tiny screen but she was saying you don't notice it after a while.

    That is definitely true.

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 20:13

    My sister was telling me she's been reading the free classics you can get on a kindle app on her phone. I can't imagine it on that tiny screen but she was saying you don't notice it after a while.

    will have to try that and blog about it at some point in the future :)

  • Christine11/06/2011 at 21:12

    Ping: http://www.f1minute.com/news/sebastian-vettel-beats-both-ferrari-drivers-to-canada-pole-position

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 21:41

    all I have for the daily lou is my post on books, if that's ok :)

  • lou11/06/2011 at 21:42

    all I have for the daily lou is my post on books, if that's ok :)

    thank youu! anyone else?

  • jackie11/06/2011 at 21:44

    thank youu! anyone else?

    This post on the 1973 Canadian GP safety car fiasco from Mav http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=6995

  • lou11/06/2011 at 21:45

    This post on the 1973 Canadian GP safety car fiasco from Mav http://www.vivaf1.com/blog/?p=6995

    thanks Jackie :)

  • Steven Roy11/06/2011 at 21:47

    Lou,

    Joe to tweet more.

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/f1-tweeting/

    Has to be worth a mention

  • lou11/06/2011 at 21:47

    Joe to tweet more.

    i missed that. thanks :)

  • Bassano11/06/2011 at 21:48

    Lou: https://twitter.com/#!/bassanoclapper/status/79593344212271104

  • jackie11/06/2011 at 21:48

    thanks Jackie :)

    If you want something a bit fun, that Les Paul guitar google thing now has it's own webpage. I was wondering if we could have a competition to get people doing the chain. Here's the link http://www.google.com/logos/2011/lespaul.html

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 21:51

    If you want something a bit fun, that Les Paul guitar google thing now has it's own webpage. I was wondering if we could have a competition to get people doing the chain. Here's the link www.google.com/lo…2011/lespaul.html

    I was playing it the other night, I can't remember if I commented it but if you want to play The Chain on that page press these keys on your keyboard in this order...

    Y...YUI..UYTYU..E

    The dots being the breaks in the song obviously :)

  • jackie11/06/2011 at 21:52

    The dots being the breaks in the song obviously :)

    cool :-)

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 21:59

    tonight I've been cleaning up rubbishy files on my laptop and getting rid of old stuff for space and i just found a notepad file with just this link in it and nothing else

    http://yfrog.com/49yybmj

    good times. :)

  • Maverick11/06/2011 at 22:04

    If you want something a bit fun, that Les Paul guitar google thing now has it's own webpage. I was wondering if we could have a competition to get people doing the chain. Here's the link www.google.com/lo…2011/lespaul.html

    roll over beethoven... http://goo.gl/doodle/4a9lS

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 22:04

    roll over beethoven... http://goo.gl/doodle/4a9lS

    Hehehe! Awesome!

    I didn't realise you could record :)

  • jackie11/06/2011 at 22:06

    I didn't realise you could record :)

    You just press that little rectangle below it

  • Lukeh11/06/2011 at 22:08

    You just press that little rectangle below it

    Yay!

    Here's my chain

    http://goo.gl/doodle/oizL5

  • Sidepodcast Update11/06/2011 at 23:45
  • lou12/06/2011 at 01:00

    Ping: http://sidepodcast.com/post/daily-12th-june-2011