It's Saturday at long last, and the day of the Sidepodmeetup/real life Christmas party. We know many of you aren't able to make it to the party itself, but we'll keep it as interactive as possible, and I'll be glued to the comments, as usual. Anyway, it was a busy week in F1, so here's some related stuff we're talking about:

  • Talking of meetups, Joe has been mulling over the concept of fan meetups and how he can connect with you, the reader, more. It seems to be aimed at people who might attend a race, and who might part with some cash to spend some time chatting about F1. Seems like a brilliant idea to me, head on over and leave your thoughts.
  • The FIA introduced a lot of information yesterday, including a revised calendar, confirmation of the new points system, and some revised stewarding plans. We posted a breakout thread on the story, and there is more info over there. The stewarding looks to be improved, but Abu Dhabi as the last race of the year again? Were they actually watching this year?
  • Since launching his new blog, Stuart has not stopped writing, which only serves to make me wonder how much we've missed out on whilst he's been blogless. Nevertheless, he has some post-Forum thoughts from Monaco, summing up the experience nicely. I don't think anything came out of the Forum that was a surprise, but it's always good to hear what is said.

That'll do it for now. Let us know how you're spending your weekend, and I will see you in the comments.

205 responses

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 00:21

    Yey Saturday

  • me12/12/2009 at 00:33

    Yey Saturday

    if there's any f1 news today, i shall shoot someone.

  • lou12/12/2009 at 00:34

    if there's any f1 news today, i shall shoot someone.

    if i make cakes and things do you promise i wont be the one you kill? ;)

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 00:34

    if i make cakes and things do you promise i wont be the one you kill? ;)

    It'll clearly be Ringo.

  • me12/12/2009 at 00:34

    if i make cakes and things do you promise i wont be the one you kill? ;)

    yep :)

  • lou12/12/2009 at 00:35

    yep :)

    awesome!..

  • me12/12/2009 at 00:45

    loving the responses to joe's post:

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/an-idea-to-mull-over/

    seems likes he's struck a chord.

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 00:48

    loving the responses to joe's post:

    http://joesawa...an-idea-to-mull-over/

    seems likes he's struck a chord.

    Have added:

    Spa would be fantastic

    The beer would also be good

  • me12/12/2009 at 00:51

    The beer would also be good

    hehe.

  • lou12/12/2009 at 00:54

    okay sleep time for me. night all! xxx

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 00:54

    okay sleep time for me. night all! xxx

    See ya tomorrow Lou

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 00:55

    okay sleep time for me. night all! xxx

    night lou

  • Pat W12/12/2009 at 00:56

    okay sleep time for me. night all! xxx

    See you at 4.30!

  • me12/12/2009 at 03:32

    right then quite internets. time to sleep.

    (was it something i said?)

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 03:33

    (was it something i said?)

    I just got here and wondered what happened!

  • me12/12/2009 at 03:34

    I just got here and wondered what happened!

    hehe. have been busy and not paying attention. will you be okay by yourself?

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 03:35

    hehe. have been busy and not paying attention. will you be okay by yourself?

    I am about to go shopping for sidepodparty food, so I'll live.

  • me12/12/2009 at 03:37

    I am about to go shopping for sidepodparty food, so I'll live.

    yay!

    i'm already having a brilliant day, so i'll send you the first of many sidepodhugs for the day.

    (hugs)

  • Kathi12/12/2009 at 03:39

    Night Mr C

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 05:26

    i'm already having a brilliant day, so i'll send you the first of many sidepodhugs for the day.

    you're getting all emotional now. :D

    anyway, just dropping by. non-f1 news, but the folks at the IRL look like they're planning a major revamp for 2012 - trying to fight back NASCAR?

    http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-inside-the-2012-car/

  • Bill Ritchie12/12/2009 at 07:00

    I noticed you post on Joes blog Bassano. Belgians do know how to make beer. It seems he has family in Tasmania. Im hoping to get him to do an event down here. There is a good motrorsport and F1 heritiage in Tassie, with the Targa and the old F1 tasman series.

  • Aitch12/12/2009 at 07:41

    *Useless information alert*

    As I head off to catch some sleep I will leave you with this quote from The Chairman on what would have been his 94th birthday " Rock & Roll is crude and vulgar and is written,played and sung by cretinous goons".

    Happy Birthday Frank

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 08:46

    Morning everyone :)

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 08:47

    Morning Alex. Commenting from work, so will be sporadic (also, using a rubbish IE, so no Doohickey!). How're things?

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 08:48

    Morning Alex. Commenting from work, so will be sporadic (also, using a rubbish IE, so no Doohickey!). How're things?

    Things are good. How about you?

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 08:51

    Morning everyone :)

    Good morning. I bought lots of food for the party :D

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 08:51

    Good morning. I bought lots of food for the party :D

    Sausage rolls?

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 08:52

    Things are good. How about you?

    I'm good thanks. Tired, but good. It's going to be a mad dash later. I've got an hour to get back from work, get changed, then get to thr train station. Should be fun!

    (p.s I found firefox on this PC, so back to realtime!)

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 08:56

    (p.s I found firefox on this PC, so back to realtime!)

    phew!

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 08:56

    I'm good thanks. Tired, but good. It's going to be a mad dash later. I've got an hour to get back from work, get changed, then get to thr train station. Should be fun!

    I'm really looking forward to it. So you've made arrangements to meet Lou and Pat have you?

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 08:57

    I'm really looking forward to it. So you've made arrangements to meet Lou and Pat have you?

    I'm meeting Pat. I believe Lou's meeting us as well, but I'm not sure.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 08:59

    Sausage rolls?

    no, I'm *whisper* not a fan of those. I got pizza and chips and popcorn and maltesers and fizzy drink :D But I can't eat all of that in the middle of the night :D

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 09:00

    no, I'm *whisper* not a fan of those.D

    *whisper* me neither...unless they're warm for some reason!

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 09:00

    I'm meeting Pat. I believe Lou's meeting us as well, but I'm not sure.

    It's a kind of daisy chain I think... You're meeting pat, then you all meet Lou, then you all meet Bassano and then you come to ours. Fourstar and Mr and Mrs C are travelling on their own steam.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 09:00

    *whisper* me neither...unless they're warm for some reason!

    I looove pastry but I hate the meat in them :(

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 09:00

    *whisper* me neither...unless they're warm for some reason!

    They have to be warm - that's the law!

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 09:01

    no, I'm *whisper* not a fan of those. I got pizza and chips and popcorn and maltesers and fizzy drink :D But I can't eat all of that in the middle of the night :D

    hurrah!

    By chips you mean which kind?

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 09:02

    By chips you mean which kind?

    "crisps" :D

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 09:05

    "crisps" :D

    Ah... okay. It's starting to change over here. But it all depends on context. Basically did you use the words "n dip" afterwards.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 09:06

    Ah... okay. It's starting to change over here. But it all depends on context. Basically did you use the words "n dip" afterwards.

    oooh very linguistic. I did stand in front of the dip display for a while but I decided against it because I got grain waves www.grainwaves.com.au and they're not very good with dip.

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 09:07

    By chips you mean which kind?

    "crisps" :D

    One thing I don't like is that the Americans use the words "potato chips" to help describe crisps to the English. Problem is, our chips are also made of potato!

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 09:44

    Just checked AUTOSPORT. Found 2 interesting tidbits.

    1) Lotus have filled both their driver slots: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80542

    2) Di Grassi claims he's found himself a drive: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80543

    What does everyone think? Di Grassi to Lotus? (probably not) either way, the grid's slowly filling uo.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 09:51

    1) Lotus have filled both their driver slots: http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/80542

    "The second Lotus drive is believed to have come down to a choice between Heikki Kovalainen and Takuma Sato."

    oh my.

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 09:56

    oh my.

    Wouldn't it be bad if Sato got it! Hekki's a much better driver.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:14

    Good Morning!

    There appears to be a sidepodmeetup with lots of alcohol on the cards..

    Have fun guys..

    Make sure nobody says the word "shot' within earshot of Bassano... :P

  • Alianora La Canta12/12/2009 at 10:17

    It's Saturday at long last, and the day of the Sidepodmeetup/real life Christmas party {Original entry}

    It's today? How did I miss that?

    Depending on when the party starts (and when swimming happens) I may be late - as in, I could be as late as 9:30pm. Hopefully that will be OK with everyone.

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 10:18

    Depending on when the party starts (and when swimming happens) I may be late - as in, I could be as late as 9:30pm. Hopefully that will be OK with everyone.

    As long as you turn up, I'm sure it's fine!

  • Alianora La Canta12/12/2009 at 10:18

    Abu Dhabi as the last race of the year again? Were they actually watching this year? {Original entry}

    Yes. They were mesmerised by the colour-changing hotel (I think)...

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 10:19

    Make sure nobody says the word "shot' within earshot of Bassano... :P

    Will do. I'm almost positive there'll be some live streaming, so keep an eye on the playground later!

  • Alianora La Canta12/12/2009 at 10:19

    As long as you turn up, I'm sure it's fine! {Comment #47}

    I hope to at least make it for the Sidepodcarol...

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 10:20

    Wouldn't it be bad if Sato got it! Hekki's a much better driver.

    hmmm. I wouldn't mind either way. Sato's an exciting guy to watch race. #sorryAmy

    That said, Tony Fernandes has already decided, if I'm not mistaken. His twitter says something to the effect that he's en route to Malaysia with his drivers.

    If I were to guess, they got Heikki.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:21

    Will do. I'm almost positive there'll be some live streaming, so keep an eye on the playground later!

    I will try...

    This city seems to suck up spare time like a sponge...

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:22

    That said, Tony Fernandes has already decided, if I'm not mistaken. His twitter says something to the effect that he's en route to Malaysia with his drivers.

    I really dont see why he would want trulli in the team...He needs to be carefull or he will simply end up as Gascoynes yes man.

    Heikki - Sato would be a great combo.

  • Alianora La Canta12/12/2009 at 10:24

    "The second Lotus drive is believed to have come down to a choice between Heikki Kovalainen and Takuma Sato."

    oh my. {Comment #43}

    The worst of it is that I don't know who to root for out of those two... At least Jarno will (most likely) be around to instill some qualifying speed/normality (delete as appropriate) to the situation...

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 10:27

    Will do. I'm almost positive there'll be some live streaming, so keep an eye on the playground later!

    if there isn't I'm going to quit Sidepodcast forever :D

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 10:35

    if there isn't I'm going to quit Sidepodcast forever :D

    I'm bringing my netbook. Should the worst happen, I'll set up my own ustream account and use that! Remember though, we're at Alex's house. He has hundreds of live streaming options!

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 10:37

    I'm bringing my netbook. Should the worst happen, I'll set up my own ustream account and use that! Remember though, we're at Alex's house. He has hundreds of live streaming options!

    oh yes, I have plenty of faith in Alex, my threat is 100% empty because I know it'll never happen :D

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:45

    I'm bringing my netbook. Should the worst happen, I'll set up my own ustream account and use that! Remember though, we're at Alex's house. He has hundreds of live streaming options!

    Alex is letting you all go to his house?

    Thats madness! Make sure you all behave or i am sure Blackberry hummus will fly!

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 10:47

    Thats madness! Make sure you all behave or i am sure Blackberry hummus will fly!

    :)

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 10:48

    oh yes, I have plenty of faith in Alex, my threat is 100% empty because I know it'll never happen :D

    Oh yes... It will happen. I mean lets put it this way Mr C was concerned enough that he was having us do tests earlier in the week! So yes... There will be streaming!

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 10:51

    Oh yes... It will happen. I mean lets put it this way Mr C was concerned enough that he was having us do tests earlier in the week! So yes... There will be streaming!

    I have this fantasy of multiple camera angles and not sleeping for 24 hours. I am eating my pizza now though because I won't be able to cook it when my flatmates mum is sleeping in my lounge tonight.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:51

    I had a haircut this morning, unlike Alex's experience there was no pub next door, however the guy doing it couldnt speak english, My arabic is next to useless,

    However somehow we got though it and its one of the best haircuts i have had in a while!

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 10:51

    I have this fantasy of multiple camera angles and not sleeping for 24 hours. I am eating my pizza now though because I won't be able to cook it when my flatmates mum is sleeping in my lounge tonight.

    and I've just realised I really should make my popcorn.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:52

    I have this fantasy of multiple camera angles and not sleeping for 24 hours. I am eating my pizza now though because I won't be able to cook it when my flatmates mum is sleeping in my lounge tonight.

    Your flatmate wouldnt give up their bed for their own mother!

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 10:53

    Your flatmate wouldnt give up their bed for their own mother!

    we have a bed in the lounge! I am giving up my bed for my parents but only because there is two of them and one of me and our lounge-bed is a single :D

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 10:55

    we have a bed in the lounge! I am giving up my bed for my parents but only because there is two of them and one of me and our lounge-bed is a single :D

    Hehe, i guess thats ok if its a bed, not a sofa...

    Fortunatly with my studio, i dont have to worry about the formality of rooms... :P

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 10:56

    my popcorn is Simpsons popcorn and it has a competition on it to win a home theatre system. I want it. Where is my sidepodluck?

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 11:14

    Hello everyone.

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 11:16

    Depending on when the party starts (and when swimming happens) I may be late - as in, I could be as late as 9:30pm. Hopefully that will be OK with everyone.

    I didn't realise you were coming Alia, you're not on the wiki?

    Have you checked in with Giggles for his address?

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 11:18

    my popcorn is Simpsons popcorn and it has a competition on it to win a home theatre system. I want it. Where is my sidepodluck?

    What flavour popcorn?

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 11:19

    What flavour popcorn?

    triple butter. Sounds artery clogging but has surprisingly little taste.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 11:29

    triple butter. Sounds artery clogging but has surprisingly little taste.

    For when double butter is just not enough? :P

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 11:33

    For when double butter is just not enough? :P

    The ingredients list is corn, vegetable oil, salt and flavouring. So technically I don't think there is any butter at all unless suddenly butter is no longer made of milk and no one told me.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 11:36

    The ingredients list is corn, vegetable oil, salt and flavouring. So technically I don't think there is any butter at all unless suddenly butter is no longer made of milk and no one told me.

    Ah... The lies!

    This is only ever so tenuously related, but i saw these camel milk chocolates being advertised the other day... http://www.al-nasma.com/

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 11:38

    I have this fantasy of multiple camera angles and not sleeping for 24 hours. I am eating my pizza now though because I won't be able to cook it when my flatmates mum is sleeping in my lounge tonight.

    sidepodbigbrother? :D

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 11:40

    sidepodbigbrother? :D

    oooh we don't want to have to evict anyone though :D

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 11:40

    oooh we don't want to have to evict anyone though :D

    Yes we do. It just isn't called an eviction. It's a shoo!

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 11:41

    Yes we do. It just isn't called an eviction. It's a shoo!

    You can be first to be shooed from the party then :P

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 11:41

    You can be first to be shooed from the party then :P

    Way to put the boot in :P

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 11:42

    You can be first to be shooed from the party then :P

    Way to put the boot in :P

    doh!

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 11:45

    doh!

    I hope people dont flip-flop on this issue...

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 11:45

    I'm just leaving work, to get my train. See everyone on the live streams/in real live soon!

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 11:46

    I'm just leaving work, to get my train. See everyone on the live streams/in real live soon!

    Real life even

  • me12/12/2009 at 11:55

    hey, it's still morning.

    hi all.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 11:56

    hey, it's still morning.

    well done!

  • Pat W12/12/2009 at 11:56

    I'm just leaving work, to get my train. See everyone on the live streams/in real live soon!

    hey, it's still morning.

    Hi. I shouldn't be here. I am late. Actually I don't need to leave for half an hour but I was going to get wine on the way..

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 12:03

    Depending on when the party starts (and when swimming happens) I may be late - as in, I could be as late as 9:30pm. Hopefully that will be OK with everyone.

    I didn't realise you were coming Alia, you're not on the wiki?

    Have you checked in with Giggles for his address?

    She hasn't but I read that comment as her joining in the party in the comments... Could be wrong of course :)

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 12:03

    She hasn't but I read that comment as her joining in the party in the comments... Could be wrong of course :)

    Ah okay.

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 12:04

    Here's a special post for the party: http://sidepodcast.com/2009/12/12/lets-get-the-party-started/

  • Pat W12/12/2009 at 12:05

    Right, I'm going to close everything down and grab my stuff. I shall see you in eihter 4 or 5 hours depending who you are :-)

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 12:05

    Here's a special post for the party: http://sidepod...et-the-party-started/

    I have rated that post 5 out of 5! :)

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 12:06

    Right, I'm going to close everything down and grab my stuff. I shall see you in eihter 4 or 5 hours depending who you are :-)

    Woohoo! It's all falling into place :)

  • Pat W12/12/2009 at 12:07

    "depending on who you are", I suppose

    Here's a special post for the party: http://sidepod...et-the-party-started/

    great idea.

    i will tweet my way up.

  • me12/12/2009 at 12:09

    I have rated that post 5 out of 5! :)

    yay for ratings :)

  • lou12/12/2009 at 12:30

    hello :)

  • me12/12/2009 at 12:42

    some gala pics:

    spot the odd one out -

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/94290803/Getty-Images-Sport

    looks more delicate than i remember -

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/94290790/Getty-Images-Sport

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 12:44

    some gala pics:

    #needsmorerubens

  • lou12/12/2009 at 12:47

    some gala pics:

    aww yay :) gosh bernie and todd are really small aren't they..

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:47

    Morning all.

    Just popped in to say I love today's offering from http://gigglesadvent.com/

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:48

    aww yay :) gosh bernie and todd are really small aren't they..

    Bernie used to be 6 foot 4 but the weight of his wallet compressed his spine

  • lou12/12/2009 at 12:49

    Bernie used to be 6 foot 4 but the weight of his wallet compressed his spine

    :D

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 12:49

    #needsmorerubens

    aww look at his bowtie.

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 12:49

    Just popped in to say I love today's offering from http://gigglesadvent.com/

    Aww thanks Steven!

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:51

    Aww thanks Steven!

    I was worried that you would be too caught up in your fashion diemma to do your own plugging

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:53

    #needsmorerubens

    aww look at his bowtie.

    I just get a page of ASCII characters from that link

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 12:54

    I just get a page of ASCII characters from that link

    for some reason it comes up if you refresh. Usually.

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:56

    After my flying visit I have to head out into the Scottish winter to offer some advice to a football referee who I hope hasn't called the game off since they announced it was definitely on.

    Enjoy the party all and I will catch up with you later.

  • lou12/12/2009 at 12:57

    Enjoy the party all and I will catch up with you later.

    don't get too cold out there! have fun :)

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:57

    for some reason it comes up if you refresh. Usually.

    Tried F5 and ctrl F5 and still get a load of ASCII. I will try and figure it out later.

    Don't forget to get plenty of sleep or you won't make he party

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 12:57

    Enjoy the party all and I will catch up with you later.

    good luck!

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 12:57

    Don't forget to get plenty of sleep or you won't make he party

    I'm trying the allnighter method :D

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 12:58

    don't get too cold out there! have fun :)

    I have a fleece, a big jacket on top of that and gloves. I am dressed for a polar expedition.

  • me12/12/2009 at 12:59

    lou, has you looked at the pics on autosport yet?

    http://www.autosport.com/gallery/photo.php/id/1323869

    http://www.autosport.com/gallery/photo.php/id/1323856

  • me12/12/2009 at 12:59

    I have a fleece, a big jacket on top of that and gloves. I am dressed for a polar expedition.

    hehe. have a fine time.

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 13:00

    I have a fleece, a big jacket on top of that and gloves. I am dressed for a polar expedition.

    If you see any bears, I want one.

  • lou12/12/2009 at 13:01

    I have a fleece, a big jacket on top of that and gloves. I am dressed for a polar expedition.

    :D hehe

  • Rich12/12/2009 at 13:02

    I have a fleece, a big jacket on top of that and gloves. I am dressed for a polar expedition.

    Here in Cape Town it is really hot and no wind (very surprising) so a perfect beach day except I am having to do work at the office the entire weekend.

  • lou12/12/2009 at 13:02

    lou, has you looked at the pics on autosport yet?

    not yet.. i've been baking.. awww i like the second photo :) what a team they were.. sad times they aren't gonna be the same strong unit next year...

  • me12/12/2009 at 13:03

    not yet.. i've been baking.. awww i like the second photo :) what a team they were.. sad times they aren't gonna be the same strong unit next year...

    did they do a live pitstop or something?

  • lou12/12/2009 at 13:04

    did they do a live pitstop or something?

    not a clue, it's shown on tv on Eurosport, sunday at 11pm. i've not seen anything about it tbh :(

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 13:09

    not a clue, it's shown on tv on Eurosport, sunday at 11pm. i've not seen anything about it tbh :(

    doesn't appear to be on Eurosport Australia at all which is :( it would have given me something to watch at work one day.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 13:10

    doesn't appear to be on Eurosport Australia at all which is :( it would have given me something to watch at work one day.

    oh I lie, I searched 'FIA' and it gave me nothing, then I searched "Gala" and it tells me its on 10.30pm and 12.15am on Tuesday. I will not be at work either of those times :D

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 13:19

    *sings*

    Come na sing with me, proper chrimbo,

    I take you for a drink with me, proper chrimbo,

    Hold up your Christmas tree, proper chrimbo,

    So excited you might wee, proper chrimbo, proper chrimbo,

    *puts microphone down*

    Mornnnnnnning

  • RG12/12/2009 at 13:24

    Hey everybody. Putting up decorations = headache.

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 13:54

    Right, just gonna move these comments. My fault for picking the wrong thread :)

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 14:09

    Apparently Jake was on fighting talk today...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p9812

  • RG12/12/2009 at 14:09

    Apparently Jake was on fighting talk today...

    I mentioned it earlier in the week.

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 14:12

    Argh! My second train was 20 mins late. Then, when we got on the train, apparently it's broken, so we're going back to the station I originaly left from, so they can turn round (because somehow this fixes a broken train). An hours travelling and I've got nowhere. GRR!

  • me12/12/2009 at 14:13

    Argh! My second train was 20 mins late. Then, when we got on the train, apparently it's broken, so we're going back to the station I originaly left from, so they can turn round (because somehow this fixes a broken train). An hours travelling and I've got nowhere. GRR!

    oh lord :(

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 14:14

    Argh! My second train was 20 mins late. Then, when we got on the train, apparently it's broken, so we're going back to the station I originaly left from, so they can turn round (because somehow this fixes a broken train). An hours travelling and I've got nowhere. GRR!

    Oh god, that's awful.

    Although, that's what happened to us last time we went to Giggles. Travelled for an hour and were back where we started.

    Must be cursed.

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 14:15

    Argh! My second train was 20 mins late. Then, when we got on the train, apparently it's broken, so we're going back to the station I originaly left from, so they can turn round (because somehow this fixes a broken train). An hours travelling and I've got nowhere. GRR!

    Oh no!

  • lou12/12/2009 at 14:15

    Argh! My second train was 20 mins late. Then, when we got on the train, apparently it's broken, so we're going back to the station I originaly left from, so they can turn round (because somehow this fixes a broken train). An hours travelling and I've got nowhere. GRR!

    oh noes! that's awful!

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 14:17

    I left early, so there's still time to meet pat, but I've texted him to let him know I may be late.

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 14:19

    Lou, what time are you meeting pat?

  • me12/12/2009 at 14:25

    i think we're ready to go.

    money, tickets, passport. check.

  • lou12/12/2009 at 14:29

    Lou, what time are you meeting pat?

    4.30

  • lou12/12/2009 at 14:30

    i think we're ready to go.

    so are we :) i have cookies, a bottle of wine, and various tech things like a camera...

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 14:37

    We're now heading in the right direction and the eta for london is now 4:15, meaning I can make it to the meet at half past, but only just.

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 14:53

    We're now heading in the right direction and the eta for london is now 4:15, meaning I can make it to the meet at half past, but only just.

    Sounds good. Keep us updated, a fluid plan is manageable

    [not alcohol related joke]

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 14:54

    Alex: Do you have any port?

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 14:57

    Alex: Do you have any port?

    Ummm... No. (Did you spot the other thread?)

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 15:09

    I'm in Disneyland! Oh, wait... It's Swindon...

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 15:10

    I'm in Disneyland! Oh, wait... It's Swindon...

    :lol:

  • rowley12/12/2009 at 16:30

    Rumours in the German press about a one-year deal that will see Schumi in a Mercedes.

    Both Focus and Bild have this story.

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 16:32

    Rumours in the German press about a one-year deal that will see Schumi in a Mercedes.

    Both Focus and Bild have this story.

    :(

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 16:32

    Rumours in the German press about a one-year deal that will see Schumi in a Mercedes.

    Both Focus and Bild have this story.

    And I still don't think Michael will be in any race seat next year.

    I find this entire situation most interesting. Writing up a guest post about it. :)

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 16:32

    Rumours in the German press about a one-year deal that will see Schumi in a Mercedes.

    Both Focus and Bild have this story.

    If he wants to come back, why not send him off to sauber with a Ferrari engine behind him and a whirl of sponsorship?

  • RG12/12/2009 at 16:32

    If he wants to come back, why not send him off to sauber with a Ferrari engine behind him and a whirl of sponsorship?

    I don't want to support one half of a team!

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 16:33

    If he wants to come back, why not send him off to sauber with a Ferrari engine behind him and a whirl of sponsorship?

    That's even less likely than a Merc seat. If Michael will come back, it will be to win the championship - nothing less.

  • rowley12/12/2009 at 16:34

    Mercedes would like it very much if he did drive for them one day.

    Then they can say he started and finished his career with the three pointed star.

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 16:35

    Christmas Tree Complete.

    Who'd have thunk a Wilko tree and lights with some £1 tinsel could look so nice!

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 16:39

    That's even less likely than a Merc seat. If Michael will come back, it will be to win the championship - nothing less.

    Ha, i could se him winning the odd race, But if he couldnt beat alonso 3 years ago, what chance does he stand against the current crop now?

  • James12/12/2009 at 16:40

    Ha, i could se him winning the odd race, But if he couldnt beat alonso 3 years ago, what chance does he stand against the current crop now?

    He still won a few races and was in contention for the title until the final race.

    #nothere

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 16:41

    He still won a few races and was in contention for the title until the final race.

    and had an engine failure

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 16:41

    Ha, i could see him winning the odd race, But if he couldnt beat alonso 3 years ago, what chance does he stand against the current crop now?

    Another reason I don't see it happening.

    But then, it depends how good the 2010 Merc is. If it's as dominant as the F2002 and F2004, it may tempt him to give it a go. I see it as more likely than not though.

  • Alianora La Canta12/12/2009 at 16:41

    I didn't realise you were coming Alia, you're not on the wiki?

    Have you checked in with Giggles for his address? {Comment #69}

    I meant in the comments, as Alex correctly surmised. Getting to Giggles' house from swimming club would present some difficulties, seeing as I believe Giggles lives in the south-east of England and my swimming club is just about in the middle!

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 16:42

    He still won a few races and was in contention for the title until the final race.

    Nick's point, though, is that we would expect Alonso's gotten better since then.

    Can we expect the same of Schumacher?

  • RG12/12/2009 at 16:43

    Can we expect the same of Schumacher?

    All he's done since is motorbikes and karting. Alonso has had three year in a F1 car. He will have naturally lost ability, I can't see him being any quicker than a midfield car in a quick car.

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 16:45

    All he's done since is motorbikes and karting. Alonso has had three year in a F1 car. He will have naturally lost ability, I can't see him being any quicker than a midfield car in a quick car.

    The deciding factor will be if Rosberg is faster or not. If not then they're put schueys performance down to bad car, if Rosbergs faster then Schumacher will regret his decision

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 16:46

    Am on train. Others should be departing in 3 mins. Could be tight

  • Alianora La Canta12/12/2009 at 16:49

    If he wants to come back, why not send him off to sauber with a Ferrari engine behind him and a whirl of sponsorship? {Comment #147}

    Because I thought the masterplan was to send Fisi there (Michael wouldn't want to race for a team with no foreseeable chance of the championship on a one-year contract and no team with the possible exception of Ferrari would risk him on anything longer at this point in case he wasn't up to it).

  • rowley12/12/2009 at 16:49

    Schumi will only come back to win races. He's not interested in midfield running. Sol he'll look at next years Mercedes car, his own fitness and then decide.

    My guess is he'll decide against the whole thing and stay as Ferrari road car tester and ambassador.

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 16:58

    Arrived at station, will sniff out booze until revised ETA of others comes through the airwaves

  • Chris12/12/2009 at 17:04

    Lou's arrived now.

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 17:08

    Lou's arrived now.

    Are you getting the 17:15?

  • Lukeh12/12/2009 at 17:42

    Evening to all that are here :)

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 17:42

    Evening to all that are here :)

    Hello Mr Lukeh :)

  • Alex Andronov12/12/2009 at 17:42

    Hello Mr Lukeh :)

    +1 :)

  • me12/12/2009 at 18:19

    we're flying solo, this map doesn't fathom traffic jams.

    wish us luck.

  • Journeyer12/12/2009 at 18:21

    wish us luck.

    best of luck, folks.

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 18:23

    wish us luck.

    Good luck... hopefully you will know where you are, if not where you should go?

  • me12/12/2009 at 18:27

    we're moving!

  • Nick in Dubai12/12/2009 at 18:27

    we're moving!

    Whoop! :D

  • Kathi12/12/2009 at 18:49

    Hi Amy, my mum wants to know what the bottom of your new bag is like? If there is a structure to keep it from hanging through when you put something in and if you would be willing to send one by mail to them? *looks cute*

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 18:50

    It's 'girls & bags' again :)

  • Kathi12/12/2009 at 18:50

    It's 'girls & bags' again :)

    :P

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 18:53

    Hi Amy, my mum wants to know what the bottom of your new bag is like? If there is a structure to keep it from hanging through when you put something in and if you would be willing to send one by mail to them? *looks cute*

    the bottom of it is not very solid, to enable it to fold into its little bag, but it'd be fine for supporting most things. I'll take some pictures when I get up :D (Is it getting up if you haven't been to bed?)

  • Kathi12/12/2009 at 19:05

    the bottom of it is not very solid, to enable it to fold into its little bag, but it'd be fine for supporting most things. I'll take some pictures when I get up :D (Is it getting up if you haven't been to bed?)

    My mum decided for me that the bag is not the right one. And I should continue to use my current one. #evilMum

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 19:06

    My mum decided for me that the bag is not the right one. And I should continue to use my current one. #evilMum

    heh, fair enough :D

  • Scott Woodwiss12/12/2009 at 19:25

    Woah! Just seen on FB that apparently Trulli's signed a 3 year deal with Lotus.

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 19:26

    Woah! Just seen on FB that apparently Trulli's signed a 3 year deal with Lotus.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/80542

  • Scott Woodwiss12/12/2009 at 19:26

    Woah! Just seen on FB that apparently Trulli's signed a 3 year deal with Lotus.

    Deal apparently won't be official until Monday.

  • Scott Woodwiss12/12/2009 at 19:26

    http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/80542

    I'm always behind on news :(

  • Lukeh12/12/2009 at 19:26

    http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/80542

    The second Lotus drive is believed to have come down to a choice between Heikki Kovalainen and Takuma Sato.

    win win situation!!!

  • RG12/12/2009 at 19:27

    The second Lotus drive is believed to have come down to a choice between Heikki Kovalainen and Takuma Sato.

    Since Mr C isn't here.

    Goooooooo Takumaaaa

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 19:27

    Goooooooo Takumaaaa

    naughty step.

  • Christine12/12/2009 at 19:27

    Hi. Thank god we got here! I am here to provide updates.

    Mr C is about to try the cheeky vimto.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 19:28

    win win situation!!!

    I believe I summed it up best. Oh my.

  • Lukeh12/12/2009 at 19:28

    naughty step.

    I'll join you RG. :P

    Both of them are awesome though. I want them both to get a drive Takeikki Satoleinan.

  • RG12/12/2009 at 19:28

    naughty step.

    I'm already there, I can say what I want. Mwahaha

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 19:28

    Hi. Thank god we got here! I am here to provide updates.

    pssst other thread ;)

  • Scott Woodwiss12/12/2009 at 19:29

    Both of them are awesome though. I want them both to get a drive Takeikki Satoleinan.

    That took me a minute to try and figure out how to pronounce that.

  • Amy12/12/2009 at 19:29

    Both of them are awesome though. I want them both to get a drive Takeikki Satoleinan.

    I wouldn't mind seeing him return, but I need Heikki to have a confirmed seat before we start getting funky with all these other drivers :D

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 19:45

    We have a flaw in he plan

    Mr C cannot go to the toilet wearing 'head cam'

  • Jon Waldock12/12/2009 at 19:46

    We have a flaw in he plan

    Mr C cannot go to the toilet wearing 'head cam'

    he can, he just has to look up

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 20:01

    Some tweet fourstar saying 'where are you?'

  • Kathi12/12/2009 at 20:18

    I just discovered I'm flying on Thursday not Friday. #evilMumisnotsoevil

  • fourstar12/12/2009 at 20:27

    Right, kids in bed, heading to the party. There had better be sausage rolls left....

  • Turkey Machine12/12/2009 at 22:31

    Hi guys, long time no comment. What's happening in the wonderful world of Sidepodland?

  • Andy Taylor12/12/2009 at 22:32

    Hi guys, long time no comment. What's happening in the wonderful world of Sidepodland?

    you have skype? get Kathi to call you. We're having a party

  • RG12/12/2009 at 22:32

    Hi guys, long time no comment. What's happening in the wonderful world of Sidepodland?

    Paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaartyyyy. That one in that other thread and I got my own going up here.

    #stillnothere

  • Andy Taylor12/12/2009 at 22:32

    you have skype? get Kathi to call you. We're having a party

    over on the other thread.

  • Steven Roy12/12/2009 at 22:33

    Hi guys, long time no comment. What's happening in the wonderful world of Sidepodland?

    There is a party at Alex's house. You can follow the conversation on the Let's Get the Party Started thread

  • Bassano12/12/2009 at 23:25

    They're setting up the wii cast

  • Bassano13/12/2009 at 00:15

    This is chris. Don't know if you guys are aware, but next is alex v bassano in spa.