Hello Saturday. Today’s daily is a little different from my normal one. I have all the latest Heikki news of course, but because this is my last daily before I head off to Albert Park next week I have a little bit of Melbourne news too.
Since I last updated you testing has finished. I’d be lying if I said I paid attention but I have gone investigating for you lovely readers and discovered Heikki set the 9th fastest time on the fourth day in Barcelona. While he was there he got woken up at 6.30 by the anti doping people! Not the best wakeup call I’m sure, but Heikki did let us know that he supports the anti doping measures in the sport.
As per usual he’s been playing a lot of golf. It has not been going well recently as he’s jealous of Catherine's swing and he got beaten by Lewis! I think it’s really nice they played golf together, I always liked them as team mates because they genuinely seemed to like each other. Heikki is stopping over in Malaysia for a few days on his way to Melbourne and it sounds like the golf there is going from bad to worse. Good luck Heikki, I hope your golf comes back to you soon!
In sad news, Heikki has parted ways with his trainer Petri. I haven’t seen this reported anywhere other than this tweet from Petri and his instructions to the team to look after Catherine and Heikki in Barcelona. Every time I’ve seen Heikki at a track, Petri was with him, I even spotted him taking photos of Heikki signing autographs outside the paddock in Melbourne last year. He also often tweets to say he’s reading posts here at Sidepodcast or on the blogs of some of our commenters so if you’re reading this, thanks for all you’ve done Petri, we’ll miss you!
This excellent video from CNN also taught us that when Heikki is concentrating on his driving he sticks out his tongue. I wonder if he does that inside his F1 helmet?
Are you going to be in Melbourne for the Grand Prix? There are some things you need to know about! First up is that you should definitely come along to An Audience with Joe on Wednesday night. Last year’s event was brilliant and there will be a few of us commenters holding down the Sidepodtable again this year. I’d love to see you there!
On Friday before heading to the track we will be meeting up at 2 Doors Down in Fitzroy St, St Kilda for the second annual Sidepodbreakfast. Here’s a post I wrote about last years, doesn’t it look delicious? This is of course assuming that cafe is still open, the one next door where we met Ant and Crofty has closed down! I wonder where 5Live will go for breakfast now? I shall check that out and update you if the venue has to change!
There are no F1 cars on track until 12.30 so I am proposing 10.30am for breakfast. I have pulled this time out of thin air just now so if you have any other suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. Just to note, there will be no Sidepodbreakfast on Thursday this year due to the GP Advantage events at the track starting at 8am. We may be there on Saturday and Sunday as well so stay tuned to the daily posts as I’ll be asking the writers to kindly pass on the details of the plans each day. If you can’t come to see Joe, or to breakfast, but you’ll be at the track, say hi if you see me. If it’s anything like the last couple of races I’ve been to, I’ll be the only one in Lotus gear so I should be easily spottable!
Pamela and I are then off to the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks later. This is the fifth country I’ll be seeing F1 in but I never ever would have thought I’d be in this situation just three years after my first trip to Melbourne! Have you ever been to the Malaysian Grand Prix? Do you have any insider tips and tricks for us? Any advice is greatly appreciated. We’re flying Air Asia and I’m excited about that too because it’s no secret I like Tony Fernandes, I hope his airline impresses me as much as his racing team.
By the time you are reading this, Pamela and I will be in the city watching Mark Webber drive his car across a bridge. The things we do for a taste of F1! Then we’ll be booking our race tickets for the Singapore Grand Prix which I’m really excited about! I really love going to that race and am looking forward to sharing it with a friend this year. Do you have any exciting plans for your Saturday? Let us know what you’re up to in the comments. Have a great day everyone!
hullo new daily.
Did the font change in the doohickey dropdown?
I am watching Federer play Nadal in doubles. It's kind of amazingly making my life.
Also after a sneaky drive by today I can confirm the cafe has not closed down.
A bit dark, here's Dennis the old cat reading the ipad
I have got a McLaren padock tour for Thursday.
I'm assuming by the line "you have been awarded one place", they mean
"bring everyone along"?
Nice! Good for you
heheh like last years 'do you want to bring a friend' was really 'yes i'd like to bring 3'
That's how I'm reading it
This year is at 5pm Thursday, so less pressure for them
yeah thats their usual time, I have no idea why they did it on Friday last year
Congratulations Paul. That's awesome :)
Federer/Wawrinka win! It will make my life if I see them in London.
psssst the second link in my daily is broken
oops and fixed!
For info: there is a SidepodLunch on Sunday
Alas, we cannot watch or listen to Giggles Radio but we may pop into the comments
Did you get some special email confirming your audience with joe?
I think something weird has happened to mine
I got a paypal receipt then the actual pdf ticket
Janna and I are meeting for chats.
I'm sure Kai will be around, virtually, at some point.
If there's WiFi, maybe we could Qik/UStream
hhhhm. I got a paypal receipt, then a confirmation of a GP+ subscription. I think they have mucked it up.
haha very odd.
Start your downloads :)
I hope it can get fixed by emailing morienval ?!
hehehe. yes, well I subscribe anyway.......
Oh no! It took about a day to get the PDF ticket, but they all seem to have the no "32" printed on the ticket.
i'm sure they'll fix it for you :)
i just wouldn't answer the door. shoo and come back at midday.
I got woken up early today by the need to go and see what was quite a lame demonstration in the end :D
I'm not sure the dope squad would accept that :)
I remember that from last year - maybe someone can print me another ;-)
I have emailed them. Its weird, the subject line is right, but the wrong attachment.
Aww I liked it. Breakfast was good too! But I want to see proper footage. No doubt they will show it during the GP.
I don't even get up to the doorbell these days on Saturday
It's either Chuggers or the Happy Clappers offering me Salvation
I wanted to be able to hear the car :(
I dont think they checked for tickets last year. They just crossed our names off a list?
Did they even do that ;-)
If it doesn't work out I shall sick Mr C onto them
- wait that can't have been a year ago?
- holy cow i'm living in double time
- oh wait, the blog post was 6 months late
- and relax
...amy, you've messed up my annual clock.
Sigur Ros & Jonsi are getting a lot of Comic Relief AirPlay tonight
What did the BBC incidental music department do before Icelandic geniuses?
You told me to go and all
Same in London
I brought mine via PDF
Oh, I almost saw us on tv just now. They showed Webber pulling up at the end of the drive but the camera panned down to his car at our feet so no faces. Phew!
Sigur Ros went humungous after the BBC had huge popularity of the Planet Earth trailer
That was just a cheap Royalty Free coincidence :)
Were you wearing Lotus fanwear? :)
In other news, The Age are getting negative again. Boo. http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-prix-lunch-this-race-costs-us-dearly-20110318-1c0i1.html
I think we need to get this Alan Attward. "fewer people interested"? Obviously he hasn't tried buying a grand stand ticket
we did a lap today, there are sooo many extra seats this year. the pit straight looks so much busier with the new grandstands and the new v8 pits and they've moved the commentary boxes too.
Is that an S.A. rag?
nope it's the main Melbourne paper
Someone should do a tourist vs local survey on the GP attendees
I only read the Herald in Aus
F1y stuff! http://twitpic.com/4avps9
Air Asia entertainment; http://www.airasia.com/my/en/flightinfo/aaxife.html costs a whopping $10
An iPad could pay for itself in about 60 GPs :)
heheh I won't be hiring one, I have stocked up Alistair with reads and my phone with videos. Pamela didn't realise they didn't have seat back screens.
It's a low cost airline!
Are you doing a podcast this weekend?
oooh Jenson is in Melbourne. I'd know that road anywhere!
I wonder if he has one of those fancy mclaren bikes.
He'll be at Bathurst on Tuesday.
Erm, not sure. Why?
I need to feed my brother some background before next weekend ;-)
Ah ha. I would think we might, although it might not be Sunday. Not sure. Will discuss with Mr C.
Also, never rely on us for actual information :)
Oh, I'm not after information. He needs to understand the strange people we might meet :-)
should I be offended by that?:D
Morning everyone... Just...
Did Christine get the message about Franck's team-mate getting pole at Sebring?
Ooh, no. I know nothing and I'm due to FBFB it. Better do some research.
I figured the news would make you smile, even if it's the only research you do for the article. Though if you mentioned that Fisi's team-mate got the fastest time in GTE, I'd be even more pleased :)
Franck ping: http://heartfranck.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/franck-on-pole-for-sebring-2011/
Hello all, just quickly popping in to wish Pat a happy birthday :)
Lou has gone for a shower and I have been left with her amazingly amazing macbook #confidential
Hello all. Happy Birthday Pat.
Thank you FBFB for last night. Just caught up with what happened after I went to bed & then watched the bits I wanted on iPlayer. Would not ruin my life if I never saw George Michael's True Faith again but Newport State of Mind and Axis of Awesome were, well, awesome.
Would never have known AofA performed had it not been for FBFB :)
i wanna buy them on itunes, but they're not there :(
Mmmmm, Axis of Awesome.
happy birthday to pat too!
via paul on twitter, bid for a oil painting of jenson: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320673212504#ht_503wt_1141
proceeds going to the japanese earthquake fund.
Happy Birthday Mr Pat!
thats only half jenson :D
I like that Heikki is at a restaurant called Meatworks. I can tell from the name that I'd like it.
Hello! Just back from Dad's and seeing other relatives.
I thought the green flag was at quarter past and I missed it, glad its at half past. :)
Thanks for the birthday wishes :)
In case you haven't seen it yet, happy birthday, Pat. :)
Happy birthday Pat
Hehehe sitting at Mercedes world with Lukeh, watching a video on the Mercedes day Mr c, Christine, Jackie, Nick and I went to in late 2009. They showed Lewis waving at the crowd below him.... I believe that may have been the moment Mr C and Lewis became bffs :)
Everyone is on the Sebring thread. I take it you are enjoying your day out?
Mr C was always going to wave back at him ;-)
Hehe very much so. Brooklands banking next!
I loved just sitting at the bottom of that and trying to imagine what it must have been like to race. Then you have to get to the top of the banking which is not as easy as it looks
Goodness me the rugby ain't going well if you're an Englishman :P
What's happening? Only looked at Sebring today
Well Scotland won earlier so no wooden spoon! Ireland are beating England 14-0
All in all, a good day to be Scottish I reckon :D
i've got rugby on in the background but I'm not watching closely... it isn't going well!
Ireland are a better team than England. Scotland have been rubbish all through the tournament so far
England are still basically going to win the 6 nations even if they get tanked aren't they?
You want facts?
Let me check
Looks like it is still possible if not very likely for Wales to win it
England are getting completely hammered
Wales probably deserve it
Very #MFC: I tweeted a reservation for Sunday lunch in the local pub earlier :)
England beat Wales in the first match of the championship. Wales froze that night or they would have won
This is only the second match I've seen this year
Can't kick for toffee today
If the England score stays at 24-8 Wales need to beat France by 26 points to take the title. So I guess it depends which France turns up.
I'm stuck! Where do you think I can find a traditional style photocopier. I need to copy payslips and p60s. I can't feed them into the work copier, it sucks all the paper through and so does the library one :(
Sometimes newspaper shops have them. I know our local Alldays has one.
I'll have a look. It's just occurred to me that my library has a scanner. I can probably scan them in the print them. Thanks :D
Congrats to @DanWheldon:
Oliver Wheldon was born today at 2:32pm. Baby and Mom are doing great, Dad can't wait to get the two of them on the kart track together.
Ad on TV between rugby games - the Boat Race is on next Saturday and is back on the BBC
handy twitter shortcuts, just hit shift+? for a popup:
Woah what a tackle!
Talking to yourself?
How's the game?
England are going to win the tournament. France seem to have woken up. Epic tackle, the guy was gone and suddenly an arm from nowhere hits under his foot and he goes flying :D
I am keeping an eye on the score @ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/rugby/six-nations-championship/2011/france-wales-429805.html
And French TRY!
Don't see Wales winning by 26 now
Oooh the ref has made them move back 10 yards for throwing the ball away :D I'm glad they still do that!
Refs in rugby have a lot of power. They have eased off from what they used to be like though. It used to be if a player spoke to them they moved them back 10 yards
Who? Where? WHat?
France are rocking. Same huge monster French man as last time :D
Sorry :( I don't know who he is. He's big and French and I don't think he's the kind of player that normally scores tries. He looks like a big scrum/tackle man. Wales are falling apart a bit.
I had no idea you were an expert. His name is Nallet and he plays in the second row of the scrum. Generally they are the biggest men in the team
I like rugby :) 10 years of pestering my dad while he's trying to watch the television, something must sink in eventually
Maybe your uni will have a team you can play for
Errrrm no I think I'm better at flag waving. Watching from the sideline, that sort of thing :D
You don't know till you try
I don't like it!! The only reason I would play rugby would be if I was back at school and it was that or hockey :P
French try :D
Wales were so close to a try that they were pressing against the padding on the posts but they went the wrong way then one of them held the ball and gave it away.
The French singing is awesome. It's like last week never happened :P
Your tag on Big Red Reflection is Red NODE Day
That's either a computer thing or a Cold War Russian spy thing?
I'm off to work (yes, on a Sunday!). Good vibrations everyone :)
Have a good day Jeremy
Just back from the restaurant, very nice. I was hoping to get some of that nuanced sauces Thai food has but I seemed to get the only thing on the menu without it, duck in a sort of plum sauce which was still nice. :) The dessert of deep fried apple and banana with ice cream was a highlight!
Wasn't there as long as expected and not as drunk as expected... probably 'cos it was a meal with mum and stepdad #bestbehaviour
Just popped out to have a look at the moon. It's still there. It is supposed to look really big tonight because this is the closest we have been to the moon in something like 19 years. DOesn't look an different to me.
Supposed to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter
I have spent most of my evening sorting out P60s/P45s for my student loan application. I think I may vow never to move job ever again. I've never seen someone with so many bits of paper.
Be very grateful you are not French. They have to keep payslips and all tax forms for life. When they retire they pension is based on their ten highest earning years. If you have a wage slip missing that year doesn't count even if the rest of that year is enough to make it number one.
Electricity, gas, phone bills plus proof of payment have to be kept for ten years.
That is only the tip of the iceberg
Oh dear. Watching MOTD, I can't believe they still let Howard Webb referee... He's awarded a penalty for honestly goodness knows what...?
Knut the polar bear has died! Oh no!
What?!?! One of the polar bears at Berlin Zoo?
yeah :( http://www.news.com.au/world/star-polar-bear-knut-found-dead/story-fn6sb9br-1226024783094
:( he looked fine when i saw him :(
he did when I was there too
hullo amy's daily.
it's almost time for Lou's! Give my daily some love while you still can ;)
I am not going to give it any love however because Timo has inspired me to go for a walk along the beach.
i think lou's working on sunday's daily, but i've hardly seen amy's today, so i'm just going to hang out here for a bit.
That is a real shame after he survived being hand reared
it'll be up in 5 mins!
You had a day out and have a daily ready?
Bedtime now. And by bedtime, I mean deadtime.
Good night :)
Good night! :)
can we sleep for 24 hrs please?
Moto GP tomorrow
night Mr and Mrs C!
Night, sleep for ages.
Not til 7pm or so.
So tired. Good night folks. Thanks for another fun day.
I'm off too. Cheers all for a good birthday race-following. :)
Good. Because I think I'll be asleep for the rest of the morning!
I am Robert and I stay in Singapore.
I have been to both Malaysia and Singapore for the F1 races - feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Hi Robert, I'm going to Malaysia and Singapore with Amy. Do you want to add me on twitter? Pam_ela_t. Then Amy and I can pick your brain! Thanks!! :D