There's another launch today, as McLaren get ready to unveil their 2010 car. They're streaming at a much more reasonable hour of 11am UK time, so keep an eye for a breakout thread later in the morning. Meanwhile, in much more important news, it's Jackie's birthday today, so many happy returns for the day! Hope it's a good one. Here are some of the things we're talking about:

  • Apparently, the organisers of the Singapore GP are considering making some changes to their circuit for the 2011 season, particularly the area where a certain Mr Piquet crashed a certain Renault. I don't mind if the track changes too much but I can't believe Singapore are considering it, whilst Abu Dhabi believe their circuit is just fine and dandy.
  • Yesterday was Thursday, and with such a day comes some real thinking. Dylan from Triple League Racing gave us the question and it was a good one. Read all about how I would change the calendar, and yes, I know it's not a particularly popular idea. Mr C and I are weird like that.
  • Some pictures of the work going on at Silverstone emerged recently, and it already looks a million times more productive than Donington ever did. It's always worrying to see a track with diggers and earth littered everywhere, but I get the feeling Silverstone will come through this one unscathed. There are some pictures to be seen over on Autosport.

That'll do it for now, I have a feeling it's going to be a busy day, but even so, let us know what you're up to and what you've got planned for the weekend. I'll see you in the comments.

686 responses

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 00:21

    Hellooooo I'm not sure where Thursday went, it appears to have passed me by! Not that I'm complaining :P

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 00:22

    Hellooooo I'm not sure where Thursday went, it appears to have passed me by! Not that I'm complaining :P

    Hello!

    Am jealous, my thursday was awful.

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:22

    Hellooooo I'm not sure where Thursday went, it appears to have passed me by! Not that I'm complaining :P

    Hello, and hello Friday.

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:22

    Happy birthday, Jackie

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 00:22

    Happy birthday, Jackie

    oooh! Happy Birthday to Jackie!

  • guille230629/01/2010 at 00:23

    Hellooooo I'm not sure where Thursday went, it appears to have passed me by! Not that I'm complaining :P

    hi alison

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 00:23

    Am jealous, my thursday was awful.

    Mine wasn't awesome tbh but it's all gone now! I'm shattered!

  • lou29/01/2010 at 00:23

    Happy Birthday Jackie! :)

  • lou29/01/2010 at 00:23

    Hellooooo I'm not sure where Thursday went, it appears to have passed me by! Not that I'm complaining :P

    Hey

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:24

    oooh! Happy Birthday to Jackie!

    just to say that came from the Daily... I would have remembered had I checked the calendar, of course

  • guille230629/01/2010 at 00:24

    Happy birthday, Jackie

    indeed. I have it in the sidepodcalendar in gemail... ;-)

    Happy birthday jackie!

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:24

    Happy birthday, Jackie

    oooh! Happy Birthday to Jackie!

    yay. happy birfday jackie.

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 00:24

    Happy Birthday Jackie!

    Hip hip hooray!!

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:25

    temporary fix for the williams pic:

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81104

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 00:26

    http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/81104

    Blimey! That nose looks like a door wedge....

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 00:26

    Happy Birthday Jackie

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:27

    Blimey! That nose looks like a door wedge....

    it does!

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:27

    Blimey! That nose looks like a door wedge....

    it does!

    what's "door wedge" in german?

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:29

    what's "door wedge" in german?

    Google Translate says: Tür Keil

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:30

    Google Translate says: Tür Keil

    that's not going to top dumbo flugel :(

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 00:30

    Google Translate says: Tür Keil

    There's probably an actual phrase for it though rather than just translating the two words :P

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 00:30

    what's "door wedge" in german?

    Türkeil

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 00:30

    There's probably an actual phrase for it though rather than just translating the two words :P

    babelfish gives it as one word

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:30

    that's not going to top dumbo flugel :(

    Italian?

    porta a cuneo

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:31

    Welsh: darn drws

    :-)

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:36

    Italian?

    porta a cuneo

    :)

  • me29/01/2010 at 00:36

    must sleep.

    (launches ruin my late nights)

  • lou29/01/2010 at 00:37

    (launches ruin my late nights)

    it's still late.. :P night Mr C

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 00:37

    Night Mr C

  • guille230629/01/2010 at 00:38

    (launches ruin my late nights)

    :-)

    night!

  • lou29/01/2010 at 00:38

    i'm off to sleep too. crazy school day tomorrow. I hope Jenson's new helmet livery is actually his old one :) night all! xx

  • guille230629/01/2010 at 00:38

    i'm off to sleep too. crazy school day tomorrow. I hope Jenson's new helmet livery is actually his old one :) night all! xx

    night lou

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 00:38

    Night Mr C and lou

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 00:41

    What aerospace materials are using in Motorsport (Because of aerospace)? Carbon fibre, what else?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 00:41

    i'm off to sleep too. crazy school day tomorrow. I hope Jenson's new helmet livery is actually his old one :) night all! xx

    Good night

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:43

    must sleep.

    Night

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:43

    i'm off to sleep too. crazy school day tomorrow. I hope Jenson's new helmet livery is actually his old one :) night all! xx

    Night

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 00:44

    I'm not sure if I'll be able to follow along with the McLaren launch. I have to do a stock take. I'm hoping they'll get the good details out before I have to go.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 00:46

    What aerospace materials are using in Motorsport (Because of aerospace)? Carbon fibre, what else?

    The first all carbon monocoque was made by Hercules Aerospace in the states for McLaren.

    I assume they use aerospace spec cables, connectors etc. The refuelling rig was originally designed for air to air refueling of helicopters.

    CFD etc could be included.

    Maybe things related to the fuel system. Tanks, hoses, dry break connectors.

    Some of the metal components must be from aerospace. Titanium and some ofthe alloys they use. Probably aerspace spc bolts and fastenings.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 00:46

    Some of the metal components must be from aerospace. Titanium and some ofthe alloys they use. Probably aerspace spc bolts and fastenings.

    Genius. Thank you :D

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 01:00

    no mclaren launch for me today #roger

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 01:22

    Goodnight

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 01:22

    Night Pat

  • guille230629/01/2010 at 01:24

    Goodnight

    night pat

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 02:29

    Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.

    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed tihs psas it on !!

  • guille230629/01/2010 at 02:44

    Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.

    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed tihs psas it on !!

    Do I win extra points for being able to read it in a language that isn't my mother tongue? ;-)

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 03:28

    Do I win extra points for being able to read it in a language that isn't my mother tongue? ;-)

    It's amazing enough that native english speakers can read it. So yes, I think you should get extra points :)

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 04:31

    Hey everyone...

    I have a confession to make...

    I am starting to fall in love with sports cars.

    I am actually getting excited for the Rolex 24hrs.

    Do I need to see a doctor?

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 04:40

    Hey everyone...

    I have a confession to make...

    I am starting to fall in love with sports cars.

    I am actually getting excited for the Rolex 24hrs.

    Do I need to see a doctor?

    no.

    Here's my criteria:

    > 1 wheel

    Left AND right turns in all races of the season.

    = you're good

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 04:51

    Here's my criteria:

    > 1 wheel

    Left AND right turns in all races of the season.

    = you're good

    Although, I must say, a unicycle race has a certain... "train wreck" appeal to it.

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 04:53

    Although, I must say, a unicycle race has a certain... "train wreck" appeal to it.

    Unicycles.... I don't like anything associated with clowns.

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 04:55

    @JPCoast and everyone in Canada and the U.S. I've set up a Sidepodcast league for the Super 7 Sweep at SpeedTV.com.

    LINK: http://windtunnel.motorsportspromos.com/Default.aspx

    Username: Sidepodcast

    Password: Christine

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 04:55

    Unicycles.... I don't like anything associated with clowns.

    What if the clowns were beating each other with unicycles?

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 04:56

    What if the clowns were beating each other with unicycles?

    Ahhh... now that is a different story.

    I don't know how people can have that good of balance.

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 05:05

    LINK: http://windtun...omos.com/Default.aspx

    Username: Sidepodcast

    Password: Christine

    Just a reminder, that username and password is for the league. You have to set up your account with the site first.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 05:43

    Morning, everyone. :)

    Spam on Aisle 9 (SPC TV and the 2008 Season P2).

    Anyway, on to serious business - McLaren launch today. I suspect that the launch car will just be a longer version of the 2009 car (which was more than quick enough by the end of the season anyway).

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 06:16

    Anyway, on to serious business - McLaren launch today. I suspect that the launch car will just be a longer version of the 2009 car (which was more than quick enough by the end of the season anyway).

    ... and with Newey style nose ?

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 06:18

    ... and with Newey style nose ?

    Possible. But I'm not 100% sure it'll be the case.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 06:18

    Possible. But I'm not 100% sure it'll be the case.

    What we may see, though, as this season progresses, are more than a few Ferrari-style aero components, depending on the direction set by John Iley.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 06:52

    Morning all!

    I survived last night intact ;)

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 06:54

    Possible. But I'm not 100% sure it'll be the case.

    in any case I am going to miss that launch, company party, it is that time of the year

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 07:05

    So here's the thing - there were so many 'couch jokes' last night - which was fine. But for the second year running people have not turned up due to excess. That's double standards I reckon ;)

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 07:29

    Goodmorning All!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 07:30

    Goodmorning All!

    Morning Jon

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:30

    Goodmorning All!

    Hey Jon.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:31

    What time is the Macca launch?

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 07:32

    for the first time ever I managed to get one of the deck chairs at fed square so I was all ready to be comfy while watching tennis. But the staff just came and took them away! Noooo! Now I am back to sitting on the ground :(

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 07:33

    launch time is in the daily ;)

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:33

    for the first time ever I managed to get one of the deck chairs at fed square so I was all ready to be comfy while watching tennis. But the staff just came and took them away! Noooo! Now I am back to sitting on the ground

    Awww. Poor Amy. But that'll all be forgotten when Fed comes out.

    Care to predict the result? I'm thinking Fed in 3.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:34

    launch time is in the daily

    Ugh. I checked the bullets first, and it wasn't there. It was in the middle of the first paragraph! Silly me. :P

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 07:35

    fed in 3 would be lovely but I am far too pessimistic to predict such a thing.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:36

    fed in 3 would be lovely but I am far too pessimistic to predict such a thing.

    tsonga nearly lost to nole who wasn't 100%. which is why i'm thinking fed will have an easier time of it.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 07:38

    tsonga is one of those guys who you cant underestimate because sometimes he pulls something out of nowhere. But I watched nando beat him at kooyong so it would be nice for both my faves to win. A whole bunch of people wearing swiss stuff just turned up. I think I will like this crowd.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:39

    tsonga is one of those guys who you cant underestimate because sometimes he pulls something out of nowhere. But I watched nando beat him at kooyong so it would be nice for both my faves to win. A whole bunch of people wearing swiss stuff just turned up. I think I will like this crowd.

    :D I wonder what the crowd mix would be in a Fed-Murray final.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 07:43

    fed square will be more for murray i reckon but i think the actual arena will be more for fed.

  • startledbunny29/01/2010 at 07:45

    Happy Birthday Jackie!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 07:46

    Happy Birthday Jackie!

    Yeah Happy Birthday ;)

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 07:49

    Happy Birthday Jackie!

    Happy Birthday, Jackie! :D

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 07:53

    Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.

    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed tihs psas it on !!

    pssaed it on, spurrgiinsly, eyevrone cloud raed it

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:17

    This dude made a report of all the stuff he did, got all the people he knew to fill out surveys of him and made graphical reports of it!

    http://feltron.com/index.php?/content/2009_annual_report/

    I wonder if he is related at all?

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 08:23

    Happy Birthday Jackie!

    Hope you have a Birthday of Happiness Jackie!

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 08:23

    This dude made a report of all the stuff he did, got all the people he knew to fill out surveys of him and made graphical reports of it!

    that ... is insane :-)

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 08:32

    Morning :)

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:32

    Morning :)

    Morning ;)

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 08:33

    Morning ;)

    What have I done now?

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 08:33

    This dude made a report of all the stuff he did, got all the people he knew to fill out surveys of him and made graphical reports of it!

    Christ! I'm not entirely sure that guy knows what a meaningful relationship is.... I feel very sorry for his ex-wife!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:34

    Morning ;)

    What have I done now?

    Nothing? Just saying hi... :(

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:35

    Christ! I'm not entirely sure that guy knows what a meaningful relationship is.... I feel very sorry for his ex-wife!

    Ex-wife? He got married this year apparently...

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 08:35

    Ex-wife? He got married this year apparently...

    New wife as well then.... I'm sure on the first page it mentions an ex-wife.

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 08:37

    Nothing? Just saying hi... :(

    Hehe okay good morning :D

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:37

    Ex-wife? He got married this year apparently...

    New wife as well then.... I'm sure on the first page it mentions an ex-wife.

    Yes it does... too much info to dissect in that report. That man needs a blog!

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 08:38

    Yes it does... too much info to dissect in that report. That man needs a blog!

    The man needs to get a grip!

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 08:40

    The man needs to get a grip!

    that man needs some real life

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 08:50

    that man needs some real life

    he would have one, i think. otherwise, there wouldn't have been a lot of data in this survey!

    and it looks like he's been doing this for a while too...

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 08:53

    Happy Birthday Jackie :)

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 08:54

    Morning all.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:54

    Morning all.

    Morning Chrsitine. How is Friday going for you?

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 08:56

    Morning Chrsitine. How is Friday going for you?

    Good enough so far. It's raining and miserable outside, quite glad I'm safe indoors. How about you?

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 08:57

    The man needs to get a grip!

    that man needs some real life

    It's been pretty popular he's done a different annual report for the last few years. Each year he picks a different way of measuring the year ahead.

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 08:58

    Good enough so far. It's raining and miserable outside, quite glad I'm safe indoors.

    over here worse pollution in ages + a building collapsed not that far from my office. great Friday

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:58

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for posting me a copy of the Guardian - I got it on Wednesday ;)

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 08:58

    over here worse pollution in ages + a building collapsed not that far from my office. great Friday

    Oh no!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 08:59

    Good enough so far. It's raining and miserable outside, quite glad I'm safe indoors. How about you?

    I'm fine thanks - you'll be pleased to know I survived the dinner and the 'couch jokes' last night - unlike some others...

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 08:59

    Oh no!

    on a positive side 2 parties to attend, the first one starts in about an hour. no McLaren launch

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 09:00

    Thanks for posting me a copy of the Guardian - I got it on Wednesday ;)

    hurrah!

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 09:00

    I'm fine thanks - you'll be pleased to know I survived the dinner and the 'couch jokes' last night - unlike some others...

    "couch jokes"?

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 09:11

    go roger!

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 09:12

    go roger!

    Wins the first set, then? Looks like he decided to come in on time this time. :D

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:31

    I'm fine thanks - you'll be pleased to know I survived the dinner and the 'couch jokes' last night - unlike some others...

    "couch jokes"?

    Remember how I fainted at work last year? The week after I went out for dinner (still sick), drank too much and ended up on a friend's couch. I nearly didn't go last night because of all the silly comments. But they weren't too bad TBH.

    However for the second year running, senior people have not come to work today!

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 09:41

    go roger again!

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 09:42

    go roger again!

    Hehe. I feel like you must have typed this a lot in the last few years :)

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 09:42

    AT&T Williams announce Valtteri Bottas as official test driver.

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:42

    AT&T Williams announce Valtteri Bottas as official test driver.

    who?

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 09:43

    who?

    Finn!!!

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 09:43

    the arctic rally starts in 20 Minutes.

    livetiming

    Dani Sordo will be first on the stage.

    Kimi's start times:

    SS 1 11,27 km klo 12.23

    SS 2 23,18 km klo 13.16

    SS 3 14,73 km klo 16.02

    SS 4 14,12 km klo 16.55

    SS 5 28,56 km klo 17.28

    SS 6 3,70 km klo 19.54

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 09:43

    who?

    a Finn, I saw him in Macau in November, racing F3

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 09:44

    who?

    http://www.attwilliams.com/downloads/pdf/29_01_10_valtteri_bottas_composite.pdf

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 09:44

    Finn!!!

    http://www.valtteribottas.com/

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:45

    who?

    http://www.att..._bottas_composite.pdf

    Joe thought Bottas was going to McLaren: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/mclarens-third-driver/

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 09:45

    Morning peeps.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:45

    Morning peeps.

    Morning..

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:45

    Joe thought Bottas was going to McLaren: http://joesawa...clarens-third-driver/

    maybe frank reads joe too?

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:45

    Morning peeps.

    howdy :)

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:46

    Joe thought Bottas was going to McLaren: http://joesawa...clarens-third-driver/

    maybe frank reads joe too?

    He's bloody quick off the draw then!

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 09:47

    the arctic rally starts in 20 Minutes.

    livetiming

    Ooh, were we going to do a Kimi-Watch post?

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:47

    Ooh, were we going to do a Kimi-Watch post?

    oh no. still can if you like?

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 09:47

    Thanks for the timing link

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 09:49

    oh no. still can if you like?

    Might be fun. If only so we don't lose Kathi's comments in the other stuff :)

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:49

    Motorsport Magazine on the Silverstone refurb: http://www.motorsportmagazine.co.uk/2010/01/27/the-changing-face-of-silverstone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+MotorSportMagazine+(Motor+Sport+Magazine)&utm_content=Google+Reader

    1) They've already done more work in a few weeks than Donington did EVER.

    2) The new layout looks different to other diagrams I have seen...

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:49

    Might be fun. If only so we don't lose Kathi's comments in the other stuff :)

    i'm on it. kathi, i may need help...

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 09:51

    i'm on it. kathi, i may need help...

    yes?

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:52

    USF1 have a Monocoque now: http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/cars/440190/us-f1-type-1-progress-continues.html

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:52

    i'm on it. kathi, i may need help...

    yes?

    am just googling for information. if you had to sum up the rally in a paragraph... what might you say?

    ...and do you have any other links?

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 09:53

    Morning all

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:53

    am just googling for information. if you had to sum up the rally in a paragraph... what might you say?

    I can add that the rally is featured in the Richard Burns Rally game, and if you download the RSRBR 2010 addon you can race in the same car as Kimi will ;)

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 09:54

    Morning all

    Morning ;)

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 09:56

    this is the homepage of the rally http://www.arcticrally.fi/english/arcticlaplandrally.html

    Kimi was 13th last year with his Fiat Grande Punto S2000 (which his brother is driving this year)

    His best chance for a special stage win will be the super special tonight. He finished 4th there last year.

    His team mate Dani Sordo is taking part too in the same car. So it will be the first opportunity to see how far of the WRC drivers Kimi is.

  • me29/01/2010 at 09:57

    Kimi was 13th last year with his Fiat Grande Punto S2000 (which his brother is driving this year)

    His best chance for a special stage win will be the super special tonight. He finished 4th there last year.

    His team mate Dani Sordo is taking part too in the same car. So it will be the first opportunity to see how far of the WRC drivers Kimi is.

    excellent!

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 09:58

    it is official now, it is Brabham stand for me in Melbourne

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 09:59

    Morning all

    Good morning!

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 10:01

    it is official now, it is Brabham stand for me in Melbourne

    Is the view good there. Im thinking of Fangio stand

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 10:03

    Morning all

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 10:05

    Federer's breezing it.

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 10:05

    Is the view good there. Im thinking of Fangio stand

    I was there last year and it was very OK. also, from there I made it to the podium area in time for the champagne spraying :-)

    Fangio is the start finish line one ? I had the race day seat at the start finish line 2 years ago as part of the 4 corners ticket, and the only good things about that seat was good view of the grid before the race and view of the podium celebration. could not see much from the race itself.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 10:06

    Federer's breezing it.

    Amy, remember what I said? Fed in 3. ;)

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 10:06

    Here's a comic called Dank! http://www.telltalegames.com/community/comics/dank/issue-146

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 10:07

    Fangio is the start finish line one ? I had the race day seat at the start finish line 2 years ago as part of the 4 corners ticket, and the only good things about that seat was good view of the grid before the race and view of the podium celebration. could not see much from the race itself.

    Good info. ta mate, You doig predictions yet?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 10:07

    Morning

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 10:08

    Gotta go.

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 10:09

    Amy, remember what I said? Fed in 3. ;)

    won 6v2 in the 3rd

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 10:09

    AUTOSPORT on the artic ralli: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81112

  • F1Wolf29/01/2010 at 10:09

    Good info. ta mate, You doig predictions yet?

    I think in about a week time. Working on some minor rules tweaks to follow the new points system in F1.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 10:10

    you going down murray! Ahh both my finals are AWESOME

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 10:10

    Gotta go.

    That was quick???

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 10:11

    sweet. cant wait

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 10:12

    AUTOSPORT on the artic ralli: http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/81112

    "The conditions for the event are perfect, with temperatures hovering around -20C and snow still falling."

    WOW!

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 10:13

    you going down murray! Ahh both my finals are AWESOME

    On that form, Fed could do it in 3! But I'll play it safe and say Fed in 4.

  • me29/01/2010 at 10:13

    this is the best i can do: http://sidepodcast.com/2010/01/29/kimi-looks-for-arctic-rally-opportunity/

    and have elevated kathi to "those in the know" status.

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 10:16

    and have elevated kathi to "those in the know" status.

    oh

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 10:20

    "The conditions for the event are perfect, with temperatures hovering around -20C and snow still falling."

    WOW!

    that's quite normal, no?

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 10:21

    "The conditions for the event are perfect, with temperatures hovering around -20C and snow still falling."

    WOW!

    that's quite normal, no?

    Yeah probably - just sounds awesome to me ;)

  • Kathi29/01/2010 at 10:23

    Yeah probably - just sounds awesome to me ;)

    we had -28 on Tuesday. As long as it's not too windy and you forget your gloves it's fine :)

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 10:38

    Well well well well well.

    http://www.twitter.com/legardj

  • me29/01/2010 at 10:39

    Well well well well well.

    http://www.twitter.com/legardj

    look at that!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 10:41

    Well well well well well.

    http://www.twitter.com/legardj

    heh, I'd heard he'd been convinced to join.. can't remember where now..

  • Dank29/01/2010 at 10:42

    Well well well well well.

    Oh 'eck. I hope he's thick-skinned...

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 10:43

    heh, I'd heard he'd been convinced to join.. can't remember where now..

    may have been Jake and some of the BBC web team

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 10:44

    heh, I'd heard he'd been convinced to join.. can't remember where now..

    I can't wait for him to talk about Twitter during races now.

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 10:49

    Well well well well well.

    If he posts several times in a minute, is he on a charge?

  • me29/01/2010 at 10:49

    If he posts several times in a minute, is he on a charge?

    :D

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 11:24

    Oh 'eck. I hope he's thick-skinned...

    Lets hope indeed. Id even take JA back!!

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 11:24

    look at that!

    I giggled.

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 11:25

    He has ross brawn and lucas di grassi as followers. what on earth is di grassi on.

    awaiting the puns

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 11:25

    Is it me or has Sniff Petrol lost the plot?

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 11:26

    Giving their name, i'd go with yes.

  • KerbRider29/01/2010 at 11:26

    Is it me or has Sniff Petrol lost the plot?

    ill answer that as soon as u tell me who that is

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 11:27

    Is it me or has Sniff Petrol lost the plot?

    ill answer that as soon as u tell me who that is

    twitter.com/sniffpetrol

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 11:27

    They've gone a bit doo-lally by the looks of it

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:28

    They've gone a bit doo-lally by the looks of it

    I guess it depends on whether McLaren really were dumb enough to live-project the tweets onto a wall

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 11:30

    They've gone a bit doo-lally by the looks of it

    I guess it depends on whether McLaren really were dumb enough to live-project the tweets onto a wall

    Sniff Petrol did this before with a live search wall on CAR Magazine's website. I do like the Sniff and GJOS but he is rather juvenile and puerile in his tweets :(

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 11:33

    I was thinking the same thing, I wonder if he jests about Lewis' Sideburns because he can't grow any? Who knows

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:35

    For Amy (although you may have heard this earlier):

    Federer on facing Andy Murray: "I know he'd like to win the first for British tennis in... what is it? Like 150,000 years? The poor guy has to go through those moments over and over again. He's done tremendously. We match up well. I'm looking forward to final."

    And the Beeb's response?

    Ah Fed, how you mock us. 150,000 years! Pah! When was the last time Switzerland won the World Cup eh? Or the Ashes? Answer me that, Rog.

    Oh, and another nugget from Fed's interview:

    Asked by Jim Courier what kind of work he has to do during the off-season to stay in shape, he responds: "Nothing. It's all talent. I don't work. I just sit on the couch. I really just take care of the kids. That's all." Ever the diplomat, he does hastily add: "No I do work hard in the off-season, just to make that clear."

    Even so, how often do you hear tennis players making those kinds of jokes? Interesting tack from Fed...

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:36

    Even so, how often do you hear tennis players making those kinds of jokes? Interesting tack from Fed...

    I love funny Roger <3 The digs at British tennis came across more as he was telling them to back off of Andy because the pressure at every single slam to get your first is no fun.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 11:37

    Even so, how often do you hear tennis players making those kinds of jokes? Interesting tack from Fed...

    I love funny Roger <3 The digs at British tennis came across more as he was telling them to back off of Andy because the pressure at every single slam to get your first is no fun.

    I think it's very good of him to say that.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:38

    Mr C, bug for IE6.

    I can still click grayed-out buttons (for inactive threads) like Reply and Cancel even if I shouldn't be able to.

  • me29/01/2010 at 11:38

    I can still click grayed-out buttons (for inactive threads) like Reply and Cancel even if I shouldn't be able to.

    noted. ta.

    what happens if you reply?

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:38

    I think it's very good of him to say that.

    Not that it'll stop the hype, of course...

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:39

    what happens if you reply?

    Nothing. No error.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:40

    Not that it'll stop the hype, of course...

    seriously, the first update on bbc live text?

    "In about 15 minutes' time, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face off for the right to be roundly thrashed by Great Britain's Andy Murray in Sunday's Australian Open final."

    thats absolutely ridiculous.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:40

    Nothing. No error.

    Although, if I press the gray button, and I activate that thread, it ungrays itself...

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 11:41

    thats absolutely ridiculous.

    They are wayyyy too optmistic for a british tennis player. He must be scottish again. :)

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 11:41

    seriously, the first update on bbc live text?

    "In about 15 minutes' time, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face off for the right to be roundly thrashed by Great Britain's Andy Murray in Sunday's Australian Open final."

    Eurgh! As a Scot I will merrily support the Murray boy but that is shocking journalism....

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:41

    Nothing. No error.

    Scratch that - the error shows up - at the bottom of the page. And way off to the left for me to read it.

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 11:41

    Eurgh! As a Scot I will merrily support the Murray boy but that is shocking journalism....

    It'll jus tbe embaressing

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 11:42

    It'll jus tbe embaressing

    I don't know. He's playing very well at the moment. I wouldn't be shocked if he won. I wouldn't make comments like that either though!!

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:43

    I don't know. He's playing very well at the moment. I wouldn't be shocked if he won. I wouldn't make comments like that either though!!

    they also refer to federer as having 'ominously good form'

    it's not a bad thing for roger to be good at what he does, bbc.

  • Flabbergash29/01/2010 at 11:43

    No, I mean it'll be embaressing if Murray looses, for the journalist, I mean.

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 11:44

    No, I mean it'll be embaressing if Murray looses, for the journalist, I mean.

    I think they're used to it.....

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:44

    I don't know. He's playing very well at the moment. I wouldn't be shocked if he won. I wouldn't make comments like that either though!!

    I predict Henin in 3 tomorrow and Fed in 4 on Sunday.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:45

    I think they're used to it.....

    US Open 2008 + Wimbledon 2009 = they're used to it.

    And that's before we even go into Tim Henman...

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:45

    I predict Henin in 3 tomorrow and Fed in 4 on Sunday.

    I hope you speak the truth. That would be great.

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 11:46

    I hope you speak the truth. That would be great.

    Don't you like long finals? Is your heart not up for it.... :P

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 11:46

    seriously, the first update on bbc live text?

    "In about 15 minutes' time, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face off for the right to be roundly thrashed by Great Britain's Andy Murray in Sunday's Australian Open final."

    Eurgh! As a Scot I will merrily support the Murray boy but that is shocking journalism....

    Agreed. Letting the side down!

  • me29/01/2010 at 11:46

    righto, works calling. back in a bit.

    (thread fail)

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 11:46

    I don't know. He's playing very well at the moment. I wouldn't be shocked if he won. I wouldn't make comments like that either though!!

    they also refer to federer as having 'ominously good form'

    it's not a bad thing for roger to be good at what he does, bbc.

    I can see why you dislike Andy Murray now.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:47

    Don't you like long finals? Is your heart not up for it.... :P

    I stop breathing. It's not good for me.

    In tennis playing Brit that I DO like news, I also get to see the girls final tomorrow and I really hope Laura Robson wins.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:48

    I can see why you dislike Andy Murray now.

    its Lewis Hamilton Hype syndrome.

    Although I also dislike Murrays defensive baseline game and the way he celebrates his opponents errors. But if not for the media I'd probably tolerate him a lot more.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:49

    its Lewis Hamilton Hype syndrome.Although I also dislike Murrays defensive baseline game and the way he celebrates his opponents errors. But if not for the media I'd probably tolerate him a lot more.

    This is even worse than the Lewis syndrome was. Probably because the British tennis drought has been a LOT longer. 1926-ish vs. 1996? No chance.

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 11:51

    This is even worse than the Lewis syndrome was. Probably because the British tennis drought has been a LOT longer. 1926-ish vs. 1996? No chance.

    I feel sorry for poor Tim. At least Murray is actually halfway decent.... Tim never really had a chance!

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:52

    This is even worse than the Lewis syndrome was. Probably because the British tennis drought has been a LOT longer. 1926-ish vs. 1996? No chance.

    They're starting to do it to Laura as well. On their text updates they were pretending she was winning all her doubles matches singlehandedly until they had a lot of complaints about how that was quite offensive to her partner. Poor Laura, I like her, I don't want to dislike her, but shes only 16! We could be in for years of it!

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:52

    They're starting to do it to Laura as well. On their text updates they were pretending she was winning all her doubles matches singlehandedly until they had a lot of complaints about how that was quite offensive to her partner. Poor Laura, I like her, I don't want to dislike her, but shes only 16! We could be in for years of it!

    FWIW, in that mixed doubles nations-cup tourney they had (was it in Adelaide?) a few weeks back, Robson seemed more convincing than Murray.

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:53

    FWIW, in that mixed doubles nations-cup tourney they had (was it in Adelaide?) a few weeks back, Robson seemed more convincing than Murray.

    Hopman Cup, in Perth. Apparently he asked her to be his partner for mixed doubles at the Olympics and she said no :D

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 11:54

    They're starting to do it to Laura as well. On their text updates they were pretending she was winning all her doubles matches singlehandedly until they had a lot of complaints about how that was quite offensive to her partner. Poor Laura, I like her, I don't want to dislike her, but shes only 16! We could be in for years of it!

    I don't understand why they do it though. I'm not sure who actually enjoys reading reporting like that?

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:54

    Hopman Cup, in Perth. Apparently he asked her to be his partner for mixed doubles at the Olympics and she said no

    Ouch. Why did she say no, though?

  • Amy29/01/2010 at 11:56

    Q. It's actually only 74 years since we haven't won a Grand Slam.

    ROGER FEDERER: How many years did I say?

    Q. You said 150,000.

    ROGER FEDERER: I missed it by a little bit (smiling).

    Q. Can you imagine what it is like for a nation to have wait for so long to win a Grand Slam?

    ROGER FEDERER: You could be one of those nations that never had a Grand Slam champion, you know.

    Q. Feels like it.

    ROGER FEDERER: No, it doesn't (laughter).

    No, I mean, it's just funny, you know, because that's the question he probably gets asked quite a bit. Wouldn't be surprised if he's a bit fed up by it. I think he's done really well, you know, handling the pressure and considering, you know, sort of the media in England is very strong. So I think he's done great, you know, under the pressure.

    <3

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 11:59

    No, I mean, it's just funny, you know, because that's the question he probably gets asked quite a bit. Wouldn't be surprised if he's a bit fed up by it. I think he's done really well, you know, handling the pressure and considering, you know, sort of the media in England is very strong. So I think he's done great, you know, under the pressure.

    He can say that because he's Roger Federer. No one else can say that.

    And he's said what Andy Murray can never say, lest he get disowned by the media if he lost.

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 12:25

    Piquet news, he's definitely doing the ARCA thing. His boss says:

    "We are excited to have Nelson driving for us in Daytona this year," Sharp said. "He will represent ESR well, and we believe he will gain some good learning miles in a stock car, especially racing at Daytona."

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 12:42
  • Janna29/01/2010 at 12:56

    Well, I'd better go back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow this cold will be going & I'll feel less exhausted. The bad things are not being able to function for any length of time without feeling tired, cracked lips, not wanting to eat much. The good things are getting to watch the McLaren launch, catching up on podcasts & commenting with the SPC community. Catch you later.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 12:57

    Well, I'd better go back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow this cold will be going & I'll feel less exhausted. The bad things are not being able to function for any length of time without feeling tired, cracked lips, not wanting to eat much. The good things are getting to watch the McLaren launch, catching up on podcasts & commenting with the SPC community. Catch you later.

    Bye Janna, hope you feel better soon

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 12:57

    Well, I'd better go back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow this cold will be going & I'll feel less exhausted. The bad things are not being able to function for any length of time without feeling tired, cracked lips, not wanting to eat much. The good things are getting to watch the McLaren launch, catching up on podcasts & commenting with the SPC community. Catch you later.

    See you Janna. Get well soon.

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 12:58

    Well, I'd better go back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow this cold will be going & I'll feel less exhausted. The bad things are not being able to function for any length of time without feeling tired, cracked lips, not wanting to eat much. The good things are getting to watch the McLaren launch, catching up on podcasts & commenting with the SPC community. Catch you later.

    Feel better!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 12:58

    Well, I'd better go back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow this cold will be going & I'll feel less exhausted. The bad things are not being able to function for any length of time without feeling tired, cracked lips, not wanting to eat much. The good things are getting to watch the McLaren launch, catching up on podcasts & commenting with the SPC community. Catch you later.

    Take care Janna

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 12:59

    Have we seen this?

    Dropio

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 13:05

    Well, I'd better go back to bed. Hopefully tomorrow this cold will be going & I'll feel less exhausted. The bad things are not being able to function for any length of time without feeling tired, cracked lips, not wanting to eat much. The good things are getting to watch the McLaren launch, catching up on podcasts & commenting with the SPC community. Catch you later.

    Hope you feel better soon

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 13:11

    There were Choose Your Own Adventure Books about racing. That is way cool.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 13:13

    There were Choose Your Own Adventure Books about racing. That is way cool.

    "If you are having a 1 pit stop strategy, turn to page 45.

    If you are having a 2 pit stop strategy, turn to page 32.

    If your boss has told you to spin out to help your teammate, turn to the back page to see your contract being cancelled."

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 13:13

    "If you are having a 1 pit stop strategy, turn to page 45.

    If you are having a 2 pit stop strategy, turn to page 32.

    If your boss has told you to spin out to help your teammate, turn to the back page to see your contract being cancelled."

    Hehehe. I can only find a rally one and a stock car one though.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 13:14

    Hehehe. I can only find a rally one and a stock car one though.

    Aww, still cool though. I used to love the Goosebumps ones.

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 13:15

    Aww, still cool though. I used to love the Goosebumps ones.

    I think I still own one about Robin Hood, although I'm not sure where it is.

    #parentsattic

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 13:19

    Just seen this video - very funny!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 13:19

    Just seen this video - very funny!

    http://anamchara.com/2007/10/25/nascargot/

    *ahem*

    It's about NASCAR with time lapse snail video ...

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 13:25

    Just noticed the McLaren launch press pack.

    http://www.mclaren.com/f1season/2010/presspack2010/index.php

    I have only scanned it but I see the FIA post Max still does 360º rule changes. First when we had a safety car the back markers were mixed amongst the leaders then we went 180º and allowed them to unlap themselves now we have gone 360º and they are no longer able to unlap themselves to make the safety car periods shorter. Are we really meant to believe that the FIA couldn't work out that it would take longer for cars to unlap themselves than stay where they were?

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 13:42

    Can I just point out that I love my bank! They're far too nice to me....

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 13:54

    I have only scanned it but I see the FIA post Max still does 360º rule changes. First when we had a safety car the back markers were mixed amongst the leaders then we went 180º and allowed them to unlap themselves now we have gone 360º and they are no longer able to unlap themselves to make the safety car periods shorter. Are we really meant to believe that the FIA couldn't work out that it would take longer for cars to unlap themselves than stay where they were?

    Awww. I liked that unlapping rule. It meant traffic wasn't a factor on the restart.

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 13:59

    Off out again. Enjoy the rest of your Friday folks :)

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 14:07

    Why has di licious tweeted (via Google translate): Research: What do you think of using biofuels in F1? Each team could choose their fuel, was not mandatory to use.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 14:17

    Why has di licious tweeted (via Google translate): Research: What do you think of using biofuels in F1? Each team could choose their fuel, was not mandatory to use.

    Virgin looking into biofuel won't surprise me at all. They might be looking down that path.

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 14:37

    Virgin looking into biofuel won't surprise me at all. They might be looking down that path.

    One of their partners is a "green" tyre supplier (obviously irrelevant to F1 in 2010) I think, it's obvious they'll want to get involved in that side of things.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:45

    HELLO!

  • me29/01/2010 at 14:46

    HELLO!

    good day chap?

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 14:47

    HELLO!

    Hello.

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 14:48

    So yesterday, I was GOING to make a cake, but i didn't. but today I try again. and I will succeed! *air punch*

  • me29/01/2010 at 14:48

    So yesterday, I was GOING to make a cake, but i didn't. but today I try again. and I will succeed! *air punch*

    muffin?

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 14:48

    So yesterday, I was GOING to make a cake, but i didn't. but today I try again. and I will succeed! *air punch*

    Oooh, cake? What kind?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:49

    good day chap?

    Brilliant thanks, the Macca guys made us all feel very welcome.

    Still pinching myself as I can't believe I went, managed to get a question in to Jenson and Lewis in the Q&A, had a brief chat to Jake Humphrey, a nice conversation with Jonathan Legard (What a nice bloke he was). Threatened with violence by Ted Kravitz (odd...*think* it was tongue in cheek) and have a gazillion photos which I need to work through now.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:49

    good day chap?

    And a giggle with John Button. All in all it was a lot of fun!

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 14:49

    Oooh, cake? What kind?

    Chocolate!

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 14:49

    So yesterday, I was GOING to make a cake, but i didn't. but today I try again. and I will succeed! *air punch*

    Sidepodsharing?

  • me29/01/2010 at 14:49

    Still pinching myself as I can't believe I went, managed to get a question in to Jenson and Lewis in the Q&A, had a brief chat to Jake Humphrey, a nice conversation with Jonathan Legard (What a nice bloke he was). Threatened with violence by Ted Kravitz (odd...*think* it was tongue in cheek) and have a gazillion photos which I need to work through now.

    what, what and WHAT??

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 14:50

    Chocolate!

    Yes! Can we have some, please?

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 14:50

    And a giggle with John Button. All in all it was a lot of fun!

    I find a giggle is far more approachable than a punch in the back

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 14:50

    Still pinching myself as I can't believe I went, managed to get a question in to Jenson and Lewis in the Q&A, had a brief chat to Jake Humphrey, a nice conversation with Jonathan Legard (What a nice bloke he was). Threatened with violence by Ted Kravitz (odd...*think* it was tongue in cheek) and have a gazillion photos which I need to work through now.

    woah.

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 14:50

    Sidepodsharing?

    I'm not sure cake goes through the fax machine...

    I can try?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:51

    I find a giggle is far more approachable than a punch in the back

    That's what we were laughing about. An over keen photographer was stood on a chair next to him and came tumbling down in the scrum.

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 14:51

    I'm not sure cake goes through the fax machine...

    I will accept some pictures instead.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:52

    The Ted thing I'd better get straight now!

    He didn't *actually* pin me up against the wall....he needed his cameraman to get in to where I was to shoot a video clip and he mentioned I might get clobbered if I stayed where I was.....(I couldn't move at that point).

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 14:53

    Adie what question did you ask Lewis and Jenson?

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 14:53

    I will accept some pictures instead.

    I'll see what I can do.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:56

    Adie what question did you ask Lewis and Jenson?

    I asked as the McLaren had developed into a competitive car by the end of the season, would Lewis rue the loss of KERS this year, and would Jenson miss the opportunity of not being able to give it a crack in the race.

    Lewis said not really, and that was it. Jenson said he did, would have helped at the start as he wouldn't have got swamped by KERS cars and would have found a way to make it work in the race.

    Really impressed by JB, wanted to be there and answer questions to the best of his ability. Lewis I thought wasn't that comfortable, not sure if he's finding it hard to adjust to having the focus on JB at the moment.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 14:56

    Really impressed by JB, wanted to be there and answer questions to the best of his ability. Lewis I thought wasn't that comfortable, not sure if he's finding it hard to adjust to having the focus on JB at the moment.

    The Q&A was part of the stream. I've said myself plenty of times today how awkward Lewis seemed

  • me29/01/2010 at 14:57

    I asked as the McLaren had developed into a competitive car by the end of the season, would Lewis rue the loss of KERS this year, and would Jenson miss the opportunity of not being able to give it a crack in the race.

    ooh, i think i heard that one, before i left. how cool is that!

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 14:57

    ooh, i think i heard that one, before i left. how cool is that!

    It is very awesome, well done Adie! :D

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 14:57

    ooh, i think i heard that one, before i left. how cool is that!

    Ooo...I was on Telly. Kind of!

    The Q&A was part of the stream. I've said myself plenty of times today how awkward Lewis seemed

    Yeah, he did seem it.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 14:58

    Really impressed by JB, wanted to be there and answer questions to the best of his ability. Lewis I thought wasn't that comfortable, not sure if he's finding it hard to adjust to having the focus on JB at the moment.

    Can you verify whether Lewis was replaced by a clone or a robot?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:01

    Lou will be pleased to know that Jules was there too...

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 15:01

    Lou will be pleased to know that Jules was there too...

    Ooh! Will let her know

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:03

    Lou will be pleased to know that Jules was there too...

    Pics! :D Although is this Jules' first F1 stint outside Brackley?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:04

    What was the live stream like? Did it *work*

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 15:04

    What was the live stream like? Did it *work*

    In all fairness it was very very good.

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 15:04

    In all fairness it was very very good.

    much better than ferrari's.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:05

    In all fairness it was very very good.

    Be nice if it was replayed somewhere...

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 15:06

    Be nice if it was replayed somewhere...

    I was thinking of recording the Q&A as well but I missed the few 2 mins so I didn't do so, bah! :(

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:07

    I was thinking of recording the Q&A as well but I missed the few 2 mins so I didn't do so, bah! :(

    I had a few fails, forgot my dictaphone and brought the wrong powerpack for my laptop!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 15:10

    Be nice if it was replayed somewhere...

    I was thinking of recording the Q&A as well but I missed the few 2 mins so I didn't do so, bah! :(

    Joe Saward has bits and bobs on his blog...

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 15:12

    Seeing as Andrew Benson is never wrong: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8486728.stm

    Adam Carroll is linked with the Campos Meta F1 team...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:14

    http://drop.io/sidepodcast/asset/dsc-0112-jpg

    Ooo...this were taken at the back too! I'm looking forward to seeing how these came out. 3rd piccy in...

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:17

    Seeing as Andrew Benson is never wrong: http://news.bb...rmula_one/8486728.stm

    Good choice, I think. But will he and Senna get a proper crack?

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 15:18

    Good choice, I think. But will he and Senna get a proper crack?

    When a driver in his current position in his career flatly denies any involvement with a team, i think being a bit sceptical isnt a bad thing

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:28

    Afternoon all.

    The f1times.co.uk site was mentioned here recently; I notice that even though it had someone at the McLaren launch, the site is carrying a GMM story (plagiarised from Autosport) on what Whitmarsh said about Toyota.

    That’s a fail in my book!

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:30

    That’s a fail in my book!

    From what I read previously, I think the site is just finishing its contract with GMM, but won't renew it.

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 15:30

    The f1times.co.uk site was mentioned here recently; I notice that even though it had someone at the McLaren launch, the site is carrying a GMM story (plagiarised from Autosport) on what Whitmarsh said about Toyota.

    Oh, what a waste!

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:30

    The f1times.co.uk site was mentioned here recently; I notice that even though it had someone at the McLaren launch, the site is carrying a GMM story (plagiarised from Autosport) on what Whitmarsh said about Toyota.

    That is insane. Why go and then use someone else's copy?

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:30

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/if-you-happen-to-be-in-paris-on-dimanche/

    Regarding Renault's Sunday launch. Oh, and read between the lines... ;)

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 15:31

    Regarding Renault's Sunday launch. Oh, and read between the lines... ;)

    They have Ptrv then?

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 15:32

    They have Ptrv then?

    urm, Petrov. My vowels went walkies.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:32

    They have Ptrv then?

    Looks like it, yep.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:32

    urm, Petrov. My vowels went walkies.

    :D

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:32

    The f1times.co.uk site was mentioned here recently; I notice that even though it had someone at the McLaren launch, the site is carrying a GMM story (plagiarised from Autosport) on what Whitmarsh said about Toyota.

    What the hell? I was sat right next to them. Why do something so stupid.

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:33

    From what I read previously, I think the site is just finishing its contract with GMM, but won't renew it.

    You know what my feelings are apropos sites that say, "We know GMM are rubbish but we have to use them..."

    I take it this means that they will copy news stories themselves now rather than pay someone else to do it for them!

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 15:33

    They have Ptrv then?

    You're very web 2.0.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:33

    They have Ptrv then?

    You're very web 2.0.

    Txt lingo and all that? :D

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 15:34

    You're very web 2.0.

    Vwls r s wb 1.0

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:35

    What the hell? I was sat right next to them. Why do something so stupid.

    You would think in that situation they would write something about the experience if being there and if there are facts they don't know they could steal those from someone else. They are just making themselves look like morons

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:36

    You're very web 2.0.

    Surely web 20 would be Petrv like Flickr

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 15:37

    Hello, anything happening?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:37

    Stuart,

    Did you pick up my comment on your short cut post. I remember the incident but I have no idea who did it or where. Any ideas?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:37

    Hello, anything happening?

    Nothing to see 'cept another pointy nose

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 15:38

    Nothing to see 'cept another pointy nose

    What is Kubica up to today?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:40

    What is Kubica up to today?

    http://www.mclaren.com/f1season/2010/presspack2010/intro.php

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:41

    You would think in that situation they would write something about the experience if being there

    Apart from some pictures, this is the only coverage they’ve generated themselves:

    www.f1times.co.uk/live-mclaren-launch-updates-1695.html

    It amounts to "We're sitting behind Jake Humphrey!" "Someone's talking on stage!" No mention of what was actually said. Oh dear.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 15:41

    http://www.mcl...esspack2010/intro.php

    Poor Kubi, what have they done to him?

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:42

    You know what my feelings are apropos sites that say, "We know GMM are rubbish but we have to use them..."

    it's true. i heard someone had a gun to their head, forcing the copying and pasting of nonsense on an habitual basis.

    #gmmfact

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:42

    I remember the incident but I have no idea who did it or where. Any ideas?

    No, but I'm going to have a look through the archives of a certain MAGAZINE when I'm back in Teddington.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:42

    It amounts to "We're sitting behind Jake Humphrey!" "Someone's talking on stage!" No mention of what was actually said. Oh dear.

    Sitting in the media room with media. Really? That's like describing sitting in a fish tank and telling people it had fish in it.

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:44

    It amounts to "We're sitting behind Jake Humphrey!" "Someone's talking on stage!" No mention of what was actually said. Oh dear.

    mclaren did an interesting thing today, by opening up the launch. that's no way to repay their efforts.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:45

    No, but I'm going to have a look through the archives of a certain MAGAZINE when I'm back in Teddington.

    I would have thought some veteran journalist like Joe would remember. For no reason I can think of Derek Daly just popped into my head. Sometimes I worry about my brain.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 15:46

    I would have thought some veteran journalist like Joe would remember. For no reason I can think of Derek Daly just popped into my head. Sometimes I worry about my brain.

    Derek Daly? How very random. You're in the right era, though.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:48

    mclaren did an interesting thing today, by opening up the launch. that's no way to repay their efforts.

    If it's of interest I'm just penning a thank you to the Media team at McLaren. I feel like it's Christmas anyway (and it's what my Mum would like me to do :D)

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:49

    I would have thought some veteran journalist like Joe would remember.

    May even pre-date his time as an F1 reporter. I'd only have been 10, if that!

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:49

    If it's of interest I'm just penning a thank you to the Media team at McLaren. I feel like it's Christmas anyway (and it's what my Mum would like me to do :D)

    good plan.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:49

    mclaren did an interesting thing today, by opening up the launch. that's no way to repay their efforts.

    If you were them and invited bloggers you are going to read what they wrote as a result. If you find a few writing garbage like that then you are going to wait another five years before you invite bloggers again.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:50

    Derek Daly? How very random. You're in the right era, though.

    Wonder why I ducked as soon as I thought of him. Good old Daly Airlines

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:50

    If you were them and invited bloggers you are going to read what they wrote as a result. If you find a few writing garbage like that then you are going to wait another five years before you invite bloggers again.

    true story.

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:51

    If you were them and invited bloggers you are going to read what they wrote as a result. If you find a few writing garbage like that then you are going to wait another five years before you invite bloggers again.

    true story.

    although i guess you could argue, mclaren then did the invited bloggers a disservice by streaming it too.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:52

    If it's of interest I'm just penning a thank you to the Media team at McLaren. I feel like it's Christmas anyway (and it's what my Mum would like me to do :D)

    Do that and post a blog item that says something that is not obvious to anyone watching the video feed. We need to encourage F1 to be more open

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:53

    If you were them and invited bloggers you are going to read what they wrote as a result.

    Considering one of the media team, during his time as a journalist, remarked to me that the F1 press room was "full of underachievers"... I can imagine the mirth!

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:53

    May even pre-date his time as an F1 reporter.

    Bet Roebuck would remember

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 15:55

    If you were them and invited bloggers you are going to read what they wrote as a result. If you find a few writing garbage like that then you are going to wait another five years before you invite bloggers again.

    true story.

    Agreed. From what I could tell the only bloggers who were there were the 2 guys from TheF1Times, Keith from F1Fanatic and me. Keith's full time on his blog now so I can't see him writing guff. I certainly don't plan too and have enough notes and pictures for at least 4-5 articles, plus photos, and thoughts on the event as a whole and how thankful I am to McLaren for inviting me.

    Yeah we're bloggers, but ultimately we're fans first and as a fan anyone who throws away the opportunity offered today needs to be shot.

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:55

    In other news, I got in MASSIVE TROUBLE with Mrs C, who learned of my bank holiday bookings by looking at my Twitter status.

  • Christine29/01/2010 at 15:56

    In other news, I got in MASSIVE TROUBLE with Mrs C, who learned of my bank holiday bookings by looking at my Twitter status.

    Oh dear! I can suggest Milky Bars.

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:56

    Considering one of the media team, during his time as a journalist, remarked to me that the F1 press room was "full of underachievers"... I can imagine the mirth!

    hehe. it's good to give people who desire to be journalists a shot though. almost the exact opposite of ferrari who blocked even sutton from attending.

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:56

    In other news, I got in MASSIVE TROUBLE with Mrs C, who learned of my bank holiday bookings by looking at my Twitter status.

    ouch.

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:57

    Yeah we're bloggers, but ultimately we're fans first and as a fan anyone who throws away the opportunity offered today needs to be shot.

    but you're bloggers who want to become more than that, right? as opposed to a fan who fancies meeting jenson.

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 15:58

    2 guys from TheF1Times

    They had two people in attendance and yet utterly failed to report anything except who was sitting in front of them and that someone on stage was answering some questions? Good grief.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 15:59

    In other news, I got in MASSIVE TROUBLE with Mrs C, who learned of my bank holiday bookings by looking at my Twitter status.

    That is never going to end well

  • me29/01/2010 at 15:59

    Keith from F1Fanatic and me. Keith's full time on his blog now so I can't see him writing guff

    interesting, i didn't know that.

    did he land a massive inheritance or win the lottery?

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:00

    interesting, i didn't know that.

    he announced it... last month, i think?

    did he land a massive inheritance or win the lottery?

    not sure, tbh. i guess he's found a way to make a profit from the site.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 16:01

    not sure, tbh. i guess he's found a way to make a profit from the site.

    It's not profit, it's making a living from it that is the trick

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:01

    It's not profit, it's making a living from it that is the trick

    that's what i meant. :)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:01

    Keith from F1Fanatic and me. Keith's full time on his blog now so I can't see him writing guff

    interesting, i didn't know that.

    did he land a massive inheritance or win the lottery?

    I hadn't heard anyone say that. I would not have thought that was possible unless he has a lot of adverts.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:02

    he announced it... last month, i think?

    i don't read his stuff.

    not sure, tbh. i guess he's found a way to make a profit from the site.

    rubbish.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 16:02

    I hadn't heard anyone say that. I would not have thought that was possible unless he has a lot of adverts.

    I heard it too

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:02

    rubbish.

    why leave his day job, though?

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:03

    I hadn't heard anyone say that. I would not have thought that was possible unless he has a lot of adverts.

    it's not possible even with a lot of adverts.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:04

    it's not possible even with a lot of adverts.

    and he doesn't have a lot. just one top banner and one side banner. the rest comes from amazon referrals.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:06

    but you're bloggers who want to become more than that, right? as opposed to a fan who fancies meeting jenson.

    Absolutely, if I could find a way to earn what I do now writing on F1 I'd do it tomorrow.

    did he land a massive inheritance or win the lottery?

    As above...I'd like to know his secret!

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 16:06

    it's not possible even with a lot of adverts.

    must have an extremely generous fan :-)

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 16:07

    It's not profit, it's making a living from it that is the trick

    Quite. Nobody makes money from ads. The only way forward is sponsorship, which of course brings in the question of impartiality. I know of at least one ‘name’ blogger who has been going around F1 sponsors looking for cash.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:07

    rubbish.

    why leave his day job, though?

    i know nothing.

    but he's always wanted to be an f1 journalist and i recall saying in 2007 he'd be working for haymarket very soon.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:08

    but he's always wanted to be an f1 journalist and i recall saying in 2007 he'd be working for haymarket very soon.

    Bradley's column is available if he has his old job back

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 16:08

    Quite. Nobody makes money from ads. The only way forward is sponsorship, which of course brings in the question of impartiality. I know of at least one ‘name’ blogger who has been going around F1 sponsors looking for cash.

    It's not Campos is it? :-D

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:08

    and he doesn't have a lot. just one top banner and one side banner. the rest comes from amazon referrals.

    again. i don't believe that's enough to employ a person full time. not as a motor sports blogger anyhow. in other markets maybe.

    am sticking with the lottery win, or a generous relative.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 16:09

    okay, my weekend starts here... bye

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:10

    okay, my weekend starts here... bye

    see ya Mav.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:11

    I hadn't heard anyone say that. I would not have thought that was possible unless he has a lot of adverts.

    it's not possible even with a lot of adverts.

    My mate from Trinidad keeps asking me how I plan to make money from my blog. He was horrified to learn that I don't. Also, everyone keeps asking me if the Guardian paid me for using my graph...

  • Stuart C29/01/2010 at 16:11

    i recall saying in 2007 he'd be working for haymarket very soon.

    That appeared not to happen...

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:15

    He was horrified to learn that I don't.

    oddly, i never thought to ask, i just assumed you didn't plan to.

    but i can also see that jon, adie and others would be great at doing this for a living and a blog is brilliant stepping stone. and mclaren too are doing a fab job of helping people along.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 16:15

    Oooh, another online launch! New Virgin car to be launched online on February 3 from Mr Noble

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:16

    My mate from Trinidad keeps asking me how I plan to make money from my blog. He was horrified to learn that I don't. Also, everyone keeps asking me if the Guardian paid me for using my graph...

    Did they? :p

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:16

    but i can also see that jon, adie and others would be great at doing this for a living and a blog is brilliant stepping stone. and mclaren too are doing a fab job of helping people along.

    the next generation of journalists will be bloggers, and it's good McLaren recognize it.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:17

    Oooh, another online launch! New Virgin car to be launched online on February 3 from Mr Noble

    it's all go!

  • RG29/01/2010 at 16:17

    Oooh, another online launch! New Virgin car to be launched online on February 3 from Mr Noble

    An excuse for a blog post! Yaaay.

    Hi everybody.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:18

    Oooh, another online launch! New Virgin car to be launched online on February 3 from Mr Noble

    This is the CFD-only car, right? Interesting...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:18

    it's all go!

    I like the pre-season. And thank you for your kind words!

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 16:18

    This is the CFD-only car, right? Interesting...

    An all digital launch for an all digital car, apparently. Maybe they can come sort out my digital freeview signal.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:19

    An all digital launch for an all digital car, apparently. Maybe they can come sort out my digital freeview signal.

    :D

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 16:20

    Cakes in the oven..

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:21

    This is the CFD-only car, right? Interesting...

    Wonder if CFD says it should have a pointy nose.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:21

    Wonder if CFD says it should have a pointy nose.

    :D

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:22

    Wonder if CFD says it should have a pointy nose.

    my guess is they saw the mclaren, heaved a sigh of relief and then announced the date.

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 16:22

    Wonder if CFD says it should have a pointy nose.

    USF1 nose is fairly pointy as well.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:22

    oddly, i never thought to ask, i just assumed you didn't plan to.

    My Dad asked me that last weekend. I thought about it and to be honest, after listening to Joe I'm not so sure. My day job is interesting and fulfilling for the moment, so it's fine to carry on writing the blog 'for fun' for now.

    As for the future, let's see what happens. The blog has huge potential, but if adverts don't make enough money I can't see how I would do it without sellling out my impartiality in some way...

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:24

    my guess is they saw the mclaren, heaved a sigh of relief and then announced the date.

    how very cynical. :P

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:25

    Oddly enough, I think my train home is full of tramps...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:25

    Hmm. My FTP client (Filezilla) won't connect to my website root. Says home directory not accessible.

    Any ideas?!

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:26

    I thought about it and to be honest, after listening to Joe I'm not so sure.

    every time i listen to joe, i thank the stars that i have a desk job :)

    As for the future, let's see what happens. The blog has huge potential, but if adverts don't make enough money I can't see how I would do it without sellling out my impartiality in some way...

    i like that it highlights your talents perfectly. before the blog i didn't know what you could do, and now i'm more aware. it's a great CV for your future.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:27

    Hmm. My FTP client (Filezilla) won't connect to my website root. Says home directory not accessible.

    sounds like your host has stuffed up.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:28

    For anyone who didn't understand my Daly Airlines comment earlier watch the clip. Mr Daly was involved in a minor bump at the start of Monaco and it is known as the Daly Airlines incident.

    I can't believe how high up in the car some of those drivers are. There is no way Patrese's head is in a legal position. It's way too high. He is in the gold car right at the back of the pack. His head is almost level with the rear roll bar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aRdO5LuSk0

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:28

    sounds like your host has stuffed up.

    That's what I'm thinking. Best fire a mail of to the support team pronto.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:28

    As for the future, let's see what happens. The blog has huge potential, but if adverts don't make enough money I can't see how I would do it without sellling out my impartiality in some way...

    Sell your stats to the press.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:30

    Sell your stats to the press.

    How?

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 16:32

    every time i listen to joe, i thank the stars that i have a desk job :)

    It seems like it requires a very... err... "special" person to do a job like that.

    And by "special" I mean CRAZY.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:33

    i like that it highlights your talents perfectly. before the blog i didn't know what you could do, and now i'm more aware. it's a great CV for your future.

    Thanks man. All my colleagues (and my bosses) know about and like the blog, so it does help me out at work. I am lucky though because in my day job I am given quite a free reign on what I can research and do. They even use some of the stuff I make in department presentations, which I really enjoy ;)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:34

    How?

    Dear press

    Wanna buy some stats?

    Love Gavin.

    The only way I can see to do it is to have an e-mail campaign listing the kind of info you produce, when you produce it(don't over-promise on timescale) and explain how it would benefit their coverage in explaining a race or strategy decision.

    Most other blogs are reporting the bare facts of the sport or opinions you actually have something that could be worth something.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:34

    Thanks man. All my colleagues (and my bosses) know about and like the blog, so it does help me out at work. I am lucky though because in my day job I am given quite a free reign on what I can research and do. They even use some of the stuff I make in department presentations, which I really enjoy ;)

    The stuff you write on the blog?! How does it relate to your work?

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:35

    doing a bit of digging, google ad planner (which is usually accurate about things thing), says the following about f1f:

    unique visitors: 200k

    page views: 920k

    and the traffic numbers graph has barely increased year-on-year:

    f1 fanatic advertising stats

    sorry, i don't believe that site is bringing in enough cash to support a full-time individual on it's own. that said however, respect to anyone for giving it a go (via what ever means of income).

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:38

    Just on the subject of site numbers I heard Leo say that he didn't have the figures for how many people watch the iPad launch on his site but on a rough count at one point he had 130,000 viewers. Can't believe his site didn't crash

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:38

    The stuff you write on the blog?! How does it relate to your work?

    I am employed as a Data Analyst and I am required to analyse 'operational data'. I do leave clues as to what industry this is for sometimes too ;)

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:38

    Just on the subject of site numbers I heard Leo say that he didn't have the figures for how many people watch the iPad launch on his site but on a rough count at one point he had 130,000 viewers. Can't believe his site didn't crash

    100,000 of those were watching on ustream though?

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 16:39

    Just on the subject of site numbers I heard Leo say that he didn't have the figures for how many people watch the iPad launch on his site but on a rough count at one point he had 130,000 viewers. Can't believe his site didn't crash

    I couldn't get to it at all.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:40

    I couldn't get to it at all.

    i had no issues. were you trying live.twit.tv?

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 16:41

    i had no issues. were you trying live.twit.tv?

    yeah, live.twit.tv, I didn't try the ustream.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:42

    I am employed as a Data Analyst and I am required to analyse 'operational data'. I do leave clues as to what industry this is for sometimes too ;)

    You should put yourself through a Lean Six Sigma course!

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:42

    100,000 of those were watching on ustream though?

    Of course.

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:43

    You should put yourself through a Lean Six Sigma course!

    Sounds like Continuous Improvement talk... :D

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:43

    I couldn't get to it at all.

    I watched it on the low resolution BitGravity feed and it was perfect all the way through

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:43

    You should put yourself through a Lean Six Sigma course!

    No-one should do that to themself

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:44

    I am employed as a Data Analyst and I am required to analyse 'operational data'. I do leave clues as to what industry this is for sometimes too ;)

    all your company data is confidential, but you can show your blog to anyone, any time you need to sell what you do.

    same with spc, if christine ever fancies a job change - "here's my awesome daily audio and video show i present."

    it's all useful stuff, even if an f1 career isn't the end goal. or even if you have no goal at all.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 16:44

    I am employed as a Data Analyst and I am required to analyse 'operational data'. I do leave clues as to what industry this is for sometimes too ;)

    all your company data is confidential, but you can show your blog to anyone, any time you need to sell what you do.

    same with spc, if christine ever fancies a job change - "here's my awesome daily audio and video show i present."

    it's all useful stuff, even if an f1 career isn't the end goal. or even if you have no goal at all.

    and its fun toooo

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:45

    sorry, i don't believe that site is bringing in enough cash to support a full-time individual on it's own. that said however, respect to anyone for giving it a go (via what ever means of income).

    Since I have started heavily promoting my blog (full disclosure: I post links on F1F and it has earned me quite a few regular visitors), my blog gets between 300 and 1200 views per day. It really depends on whether I have recently posted or if someone has linked to a blog post. I think I have seen links in 8 languages now....

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:45

    and its fun toooo

    fact!

    and it's educational, and we get to do stuff together. everybody wins.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 16:46

    but i can also see that jon, adie and others would be great at doing this for a living and a blog is brilliant stepping stone. and mclaren too are doing a fab job of helping people along.

    thank you! its great fun, its interesting that over the past few years and ive noticed it in the forms that ive filled in so far, that with press accreditation they are now recognising the online media, which is great!

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:46

    and its fun toooo

    Absolutely. I wouldn't have met any of you lot had I not set up the blog and stumbled in here one day.

    The Blogging community is a great one.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 16:47

    fact!

    woop

    and it's educational, and we get to do stuff together. everybody wins.

    totally. i've learnt lots of web stuff just by going through the wordpress theme editing the bits that i need too

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:47

    Since I have started heavily promoting my blog (full disclosure: I post links on F1F and it has earned me quite a few regular visitors), my blog gets between 300 and 1200 views per day. It really depends on whether I have recently posted or if someone has linked to a blog post. I think I have seen links in 8 languages now....

    apparently google knows nothing about you :)

    removing ads from spc means it doesn't no much about us either now.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:47

    all your company data is confidential, but you can show your blog to anyone, any time you need to sell what you do.

    Also, the blog is a great playground for new techniques of analysis. It has really helped me out, especially with all the great feedback you guys give ;)

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:48

    Also, the blog is a great playground for new techniques of analysis. It has really helped me out, especially with all the great feedback you guys give ;)

    don't look at me. i just like pretty graphs.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 16:48

    removing ads from spc means it doesn't no much about us either now.

    my girlfriend said to me last night that her friend had suggested selling advertising on my site and i said maybe, she said "google do it" etc etc and i explained that i 'aint going near google adwords

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 16:48

    apparently google knows nothing about you :)

    Gavin doesn't exist?

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 16:48

    apparently google knows nothing about you :)

    me neither :D

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:49

    my girlfriend said to me last night that her friend had suggested selling advertising on my site and i said maybe, she said "google do it" etc etc and i explained that i 'aint going near google adwords

    it's comparable to a lot of the other networks.

    the problem is online advertising just doesn't work.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:50

    apparently google knows nothing about you :)

    Google has disappointed me. It's worthless submitting links, I'm hard to find via searching and my incoming search hits are for often unrelated phrases :(

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 16:51

    Google has disappointed me. It's worthless submitting links, I'm hard to find via searching and my incoming search hits are for often unrelated phrases :(

    really? that surprises me. my old wordpress blog was often there. even more so now i dont use it :D

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 16:51

    Google has disappointed me. It's worthless submitting links, I'm hard to find via searching and my incoming search hits are for often unrelated phrases :(

    Some of those unrelated phrases can be pretty darn funny sometimes.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:52

    Google has disappointed me. It's worthless submitting links, I'm hard to find via searching and my incoming search hits are for often unrelated phrases :(

    was only joking. those figures are based on ad placements and you don't have any do you?

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 16:52

    Afternoon everyone :)

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 16:53

    Afternoon everyone :)

    Afternoon alex

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:54

    Afternoon everyone :)

    sir.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 16:54

    Afternoon everyone :)

    Hi Alex

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 16:55

    I'm off to the seaside... I think it's the right weather for it. June and July are often the best months for weather in the UK right... Oh... There's another month with a J at the beginning? What's the weather like in this, "January" you speak of?

    Uh oh!

  • Journeyer29/01/2010 at 16:55

    Afternoon everyone :)

    Hey alex.

    As alex comes in, I go out - to bed. :D

    Night, everyone.

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:55

    of course the other problem with site ads, is that they're mostly flash based (the higher earning ones). which spells bad news for bloggers when the flash-less iPad is released.

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 16:56

    Night, everyone.

    Shift change. Seeya!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:56

    apparently google knows nothing about you :)

    Shh! Don't tell everyone I'm really a hologram ;)

  • me29/01/2010 at 16:56

    Night, everyone.

    later chap.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:57

    was only joking. those figures are based on ad placements and you don't have any do you?

    Nope. Zero adverto por mi bloggo :D

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 16:57

    Shift change. Seeya!

    Shift change indeed! I'm heading out to the toby carvery for a yummy dinner! See you all later.

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 16:57

    Shift change indeed! I'm heading out to the toby carvery for a yummy dinner! See you all later.

    no mint sauce!

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:57

    See ya J.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 16:57

    no mint sauce!

    Ludicrous.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 16:58

    Shift change indeed! I'm heading out to the toby carvery for a yummy dinner! See you all later.

    Have fun with Toby's chops ;)

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 16:58

    Ludicrous.

    Oh alright as it's Christmas

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 17:00

    Hello. How was Lukeh's stock take? Mine was distinctly average, apart from being able to leave slightly earlier!

  • lou29/01/2010 at 17:03

    Pics! :D Although is this Jules' first F1 stint outside Brackley?

    yay for Jules being there! :).. well.. she came into F1 via Dannii Minogue when she was dating Jacques and i think he was at BAR at the time.. so yes.

    hello everyone! :)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:05

    #forkathiandamy

    New Finn signs for F1 team.

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/bottas-signs-for-williams/

  • JimSF29/01/2010 at 17:19

    Just logged on the left coast US...morning/afternoon/evening.

    That is some limo McLaren have built. I'm half expecting missiles or other weapons to come out of the body, Airwolf style.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:21

    That is some limo McLaren have built. I'm half expecting missiles or other weapons to come out of the body, Airwolf style.

    That would liven up Valencia

  • Janna29/01/2010 at 17:27

    I'm off to the seaside... I think it's the right weather for it.

    It depends where the seaside is, if you're off to the beach in Barbados the weather will be just right ;)

  • Janna29/01/2010 at 17:28

    It depends where the seaside is, if you're off to the beach in Barbados the weather will be just right ;)

    & Hello all, awake again, I think the cold may be receding as I feel less rrrrrubish now :)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:33

    & Hello all, awake again, I think the cold may be receding as I feel less rrrrrubish now :)

    Glad you are feeling better

  • James29/01/2010 at 17:34

    Since I have started heavily promoting my blog (full disclosure: I post links on F1F and it has earned me quite a few regular visitors), my blog gets between 300 and 1200 views per day. It really depends on whether I have recently posted or if someone has linked to a blog post. I think I have seen links in 8 languages now....

    Speaking of hits, I'm getting hits on a blog I haven't updated since November, quite a few come from your blog Gavin ;)

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 17:43

    I love this story.

    http://www.motorsportvision.co.uk/news/article.asp?NewsID=5367

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:49

    I love this story.

    That's the way to go.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 17:50

    That's the way to go.

    Is it bad that the first question in my head was..."I wonder what the laptime was"?

    ;)

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 17:50

    Right then, if you were here earlier you may have read about my cake-making-baking exploits

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 17:51

    She's a bit like the MP4-25, ugly, but hopefully effective..

  • Scott Woodwiss29/01/2010 at 17:51

    Hey guys

    Long tough day at Lotus getting all the stock which came back from Autosport and Zaragoza put away again.

    But on the plus side, I'm very pleased with the results of the Jalopnik Forza 3 Car Pack results. 4

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 17:51

    Is it bad that the first question in my head was..."I wonder what the laptime was"?

    Is it bad the the first response in my head to your question was "faster than Badoer"? ;)

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 17:52

    http://drop.io/sidepodcast/asset/cake-2-jpg

    As I say, ugly.. but tasty, I hope.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 17:52

    She's a bit like the MP4-25, ugly, but hopefully effective..

    Cakes are female?

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 17:53

    Cakes are female?

    I just assumed..

  • Scott Woodwiss29/01/2010 at 17:53

    But on the plus side, I'm very pleased with the results of the Jalopnik Forza 3 Car Pack results. 4

    4 of the final 5 cars I had to pick made it into the pack! That's the Lancia 037, Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 :D :D :D, Ford Escort RS Cosworth :D :D :D and the Mercedes 190E AMG Evo II. Sadly the Pug 205 T16 did not :( But that's still a pack I'm definately buying this summer! :D

    A few more awesome cars that made it in included the Volvo 240 Grp.A, BMW 635CSi and Mitsubishi Starion. With the BMW M3 E30 also in the game, there's gonna be some epic Group A touring car races in the future! :D

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 17:54

    Cakes are female?

    I just assumed..

    I want to make a cake now....

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:54

    Is it bad that the first question in my head was..."I wonder what the laptime was"?

    Mine too.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:54

    Is it bad the the first response in my head to your question was "faster than Badoer"? ;)

    :D

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 17:55

    The picture doesn't seem to be working, I'm new to this drop.io business..

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:56

    The picture doesn't seem to be working, I'm new to this drop.io business..

    It isn't there as far as I can see. All you should have to do is click the add button and it should upload

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 17:57
  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 17:57

    It's there now. Sometimes there is a slight delay

  • me29/01/2010 at 17:58

    ooh, 5live confirmed jamie's twitter account is real.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 17:58

    Hmm....I think I might want a new logo for the site.

    Can I ask a favour please of anyone good with photoshop? Mav....you up for a challenge?

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 18:01

    It depends where the seaside is, if you're off to the beach in Barbados the weather will be just right ;)

    Very good point. Actually I have just remembered. I think I am coming to your neck of the woods.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 18:01

    Can I ask a favour please of anyone good with photoshop? Mav....you up for a challenge?

    LUKEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:02

    LUKEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he's gone out to dinner i think.. he'll be back sure i'm sure.

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:02

    he's gone out to dinner i think.. he'll be back soon i'm sure.

  • Janna29/01/2010 at 18:03

    Very good point. Actually I have just remembered. I think I am coming to your neck of the woods.

    Then the weather for tomorrow is sunny but a lovely brisk high of 2C

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 18:03

    LUKEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he's gone out to dinner i think.. he'll be back sure i'm sure.

    You mean he ignores his headping when he goes out? The boy is obsessed with mint sauce

  • Janna29/01/2010 at 18:04

    Then the weather for tomorrow is sunny but a lovely brisk high of 2C

    Oh dear, just looked at the 10 day forecast, scattered snow showers end of next week, just when I need a clear week at work to catch up :(

  • Scott Woodwiss29/01/2010 at 18:04

    You mean he ignores his headping when he goes out? The boy is obsessed with mint sauce

    Or Greggs. Can't forget Greggs.

  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 18:04

    You mean he ignores his headping when he goes out? The boy is obsessed with mint sauce

    We might need a mint sauce and/or muse intervention with that young'in.

  • Janna29/01/2010 at 18:05

    Love this tweet from toomuchracing:

    Welcome to Twitter, BBC F1 commentator @LegardJ! F1 lead comms has generated debate right back to Murray's day, hope you brought a hard hat

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:05

    You mean he ignores his headping when he goes out? The boy is obsessed with mint sauce

    :D

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 18:06

    Or Greggs. Can't forget Greggs.

    If Greggs ever do anything with mint sauce on it he will move in

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:06

    We might need a mint sauce and/or muse intervention with that young'in.

    you forget Rubens ;)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 18:06

    Welcome to Twitter, BBC F1 commentator @LegardJ! F1 lead comms has generated debate right back to Murray's day, hope you brought a hard hat

    Nice one Pat

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:07

    If Greggs ever do anything with mint sauce on it he will move in

    hehehe i should make my local greggs exclusively do something with mint sauce in that case :)

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:07

    Love this tweet from toomuchracing:

    ta :-)

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:08

    Just seen this video - very funny!

    http://anamcha...2007/10/25/nascargot/

    *ahem*

    It's about NASCAR with time lapse snail video ...

    Brilliant :-)

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:09

    There were Choose Your Own Adventure Books about racing. That is way cool.

    I had a rally one once! Of course I had to turn to both pages to see which was the better one

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:11

    Welcome to Twitter, BBC F1 commentator @LegardJ! F1 lead comms has generated debate right back to Murray's day, hope you brought a hard hat

    :-) He was really friendly to me. Took a genuine interest in why I was there. Can't say enough nice things!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:13

    Still pinching myself as I can't believe I went, managed to get a question in to Jenson and Lewis in the Q&A, had a brief chat to Jake Humphrey, a nice conversation with Jonathan Legard (What a nice bloke he was). Threatened with violence by Ted Kravitz (odd...*think* it was tongue in cheek) and have a gazillion photos which I need to work through now.

    Wow that sounds like a fantastic day, well done.

  • me29/01/2010 at 18:16

    :-) He was really friendly to me. Took a genuine interest in why I was there. Can't say enough nice things!

    i'm sure he's a lovely chap. as i'm sure james allen is.

    nobody should trust either of them with a microphone though.

  • Nathan29/01/2010 at 18:22

    Both of them are good journalists (although JA does annoy me sometimes.. seems to brag about his blog a bit), but they're just not good commentators, plain and simple.

    Great to hear you had such a fantastic experience, Adie!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:24

    :-) He was really friendly to me. Took a genuine interest in why I was there. Can't say enough nice things!

    He does come across as a very nice bloke, particularly in the pre-race stuff and on Jake's blog. I'm still not convinced he's the right man for the job he has, but he should be in F1 doing something.

  • RG29/01/2010 at 18:27

    He does come across as a very nice bloke, particularly in the pre-race stuff and on Jake's blog. I'm still not convinced he's the right man for the job he has, but he should be in F1 doing something.

    I think he might be a canny decent pitlane reporter.

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:27

    Last plug from me for 'week 1' of my new game, half an hour left to make your pics should you wish to do so:

    http://toomuchracing.com/2010/01/27/game-week-1/

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 18:27

    Hullo again

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 18:30

    Then the weather for tomorrow is sunny but a lovely brisk high of 2C

    we're only down for 2 days. Sunny sounds good :)

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 18:30

    You mean he ignores his headping when he goes out? The boy is obsessed with mint sauce

    we've got to knock that on the head really.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 18:30

    http://www.bmw-sauber-f1.com/en/index.html?lity=rssfeed_f1

    *waves*

  • Janna29/01/2010 at 18:30

    Hullo again

    Hello Lukeh, Adie posted this earlier:

    Can I ask a favour please of anyone good with photoshop?

    I think he needs you

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 18:31

    Hello Lukeh, Adie posted this earlier:

    oooh, can I be of service?

  • RG29/01/2010 at 18:31

    http://www.bmw....html?lity=rssfeed_f1

    *waves*

    Thats been like that for a while?

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 18:32

    Thats been like that for a while?

    It's only just been tweeted by BMW

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:34

    My mate from Trinidad keeps asking me how I plan to make money from my blog. He was horrified to learn that I don't. Also, everyone keeps asking me if the Guardian paid me for using my graph...

    And why would you? Its the blog of a fan who likes analysing things. I mean it is fairly unique coverage so you could probably bring in a couple of dollars/euros here and there but it probably wouldn't be enough to counter the effect on the design and the distraction element.

    I had Google Ads on the old blog, and okay I didn't have a big readership on it but they weren't really worth the bother. I did have one small paragraph which I was paid for by some company and that wasn't too bad, not sure whether to carry it over.

    To go back to the original discussion this was in, I really don't think you can earn a living from a blog, the best you can do is cover some costs like domain names.

  • me29/01/2010 at 18:34

    Thats been like that for a while?

    It's only just been tweeted by BMW

    since the sauber site went live.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:34

    oooh, can I be of service?

    Helloo....

    It was a cheeky request earlier. I thought about changing my site logo (it's on the banner of F1TailPipe) the little red square.

    Do you fancy a commission paying cyber beers to design a 512 * 512 logo with F1TailPipe, maybe a bit of Button's helmet and a chequered flag in it?

    I'd be very thankful.

    Pretty please?

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:34

    Hullo again

    Hi.

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 18:35

    I think he might be a canny decent pitlane reporter.

    I just wish we'd had the promised chance for Ted to sub for James in 08. Would have been very interesting.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 18:36

    Do you fancy a commission paying cyber beers to design a 512 * 512 logo with F1TailPipe, maybe a bit of Button's helmet and a chequered flag in it?

    Of course. Gimme 5 mins

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 18:36

    Pretty please?

    Also, do you want a certain colour scheme or anything?

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 18:37

    And why would you? Its the blog of a fan who likes analysing things. I mean it is fairly unique coverage so you could probably bring in a couple of dollars/euros here and there but it probably wouldn't be enough to counter the effect on the design and the distraction element.

    I had Google Ads on the old blog, and okay I didn't have a big readership on it but they weren't really worth the bother. I did have one small paragraph which I was paid for by some company and that wasn't too bad, not sure whether to carry it over.

    To go back to the original discussion this was in, I really don't think you can earn a living from a blog, the best you can do is cover some costs like domain names.

    there are ways to make money from a blog. A certain F1 blog only makes money from being a blog. He quit his job didn't he?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:37

    Also, do you want a certain colour scheme or anything?

    I use dark red on my site a fair bit, so maybe stick with that. I'll trust your artistic flair though.

    Thanks mate!

  • Alex Andronov29/01/2010 at 18:38

    there are ways to make money from a blog. A certain F1 blog only makes money from being a blog. He quit his job didn't he?

    unfortunately you have to do certain things that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy :)

  • RG29/01/2010 at 18:39

    since the sauber site went live.

    Speaking of Sauber, anyone know what time they reveal the car?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:44

    Lou...what about this one:

    http://twitpic.com/10cici

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:46

    Lou...what about this one:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!! you got HOW close to him!!! *goes green*... you lucky... lucky person.

    I'm pleased you had a great time :) and the photo is awesome!

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:50

    !!!!!!!!!!!!! you got HOW close to him!!

    My SLR paid for itself today :)

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 18:51

    Adie I'll finish it off for you later, have a few things to sort out at the mo!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 18:52

    Lou...what about this one:

    http://twitpic.com/10cici

    Great pic

  • lou29/01/2010 at 18:52

    My SLR paid for itself today :)

    ahhhh :D soooo wish i could have gone sounds like such an awesome day :D

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:53

    Adie I'll finish it off for you later, have a few things to sort out at the mo!

    Hey you're doing *ME* a favor. Take as long as you like sir!

    Thanks again.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 18:57

    ahhhh :D soooo wish i could have gone sounds like such an awesome day :D

    http://twitpic.com/10cknd

    They enjoyed it. :)

    #muststopbeingmeantolounow!

  • lou29/01/2010 at 19:00

    They enjoyed it. :)

    awwwww that's such a lovely photo!! that's what i wanna see happy faces! :)

    #needsarubenssmile!

    #muststopbeingmeantolounow!

    :)

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 19:08

    awwwww that's such a lovely photo!! that's what i wanna see happy faces! :)

    I have a few more. If you want copies for wallpapers you're more than welcome.

  • Paul Convery29/01/2010 at 19:14

    Need some help, does the 1994 Footwork actually look good or not??? Todays F1 livery blog post http://lairoftheraven.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/the-good-and-the-bad-–-f1-livery-from-1994/

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 19:14

    Had to stop by with this story.

    #FakeGMM: According to Claire Williams on Twitter, WilliamsF1 to test physicist Dr. Bruce Banner next Wednesday.

    To those that don't know comic books.

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 19:16

    Need some help, does the 1994 Footwork actually look good or not??? Todays F1 livery blog post http://lairoft...the-good-and-the-bad-–-f1-livery-from-1994/

    If I look at a livery and think of a Miami Vice episode, then probably not.

  • Paul Convery29/01/2010 at 19:17

    #FakeGMM: According to Claire Williams on Twitter, WilliamsF1 to test physicist Dr. Bruce Banner next Wednesday.

    Looking forward to seeing more of the new Williams, and to see how Dr. Bruce does

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 19:18

    One more...http://twitpic.com/10cpdp

    It was taken when someone asked how JB felt about going up against Lewis. Good poker face Lewis!

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 19:18

    http://twitpic.com/10cpdp

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 19:20

    It was taken when someone asked how JB felt about going up against Lewis. Good poker face Lewis!

    This needs a bubbled caption contest.

    Hamilton: ... Jenson, I own you this year.

  • Paul Convery29/01/2010 at 19:20

    If I look at a livery and think of a Miami Vice episode, then probably not.

    Lol I still sorta like it. At least it looks a lot better than the 1994 Pacific Racing car did!

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 19:21

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81131

    This been mensioned?

    Very interesting

  • Paul Convery29/01/2010 at 19:24

    http://www.aut...s/report.php/id/81131

    This been mensioned?

    Very interesting

    Have to say I wasn't expecting to see the Virgin car this soon. A virtual launch is a good idea for a small team though, save on the cost of hosting a big launch event. Your website better be able to handle the traffic though.

  • RG29/01/2010 at 19:28

    This been mensioned?

    Yes:

    http://onetimoglock.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/virgin-announce-launch-date/

  • lou29/01/2010 at 19:31

    I have a few more. If you want copies for wallpapers you're more than welcome.

    aww thank you

  • lou29/01/2010 at 19:32

    Hehe jenson has finally made it lol he's made the starting credits for a question of sport in one of the videos :)

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 19:38

    Someone caught illegal footage of my car while at Silverstone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbtzx8ZGJg4

    Eh?

    I think this can be filed under 'viral marketing' but it is good to see the car...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 19:38

    Rubens just tweeted This

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 19:38

    Someone caught illegal footage of my car while at Silverstone: http://www.you...m/watch?v=Rbtzx8ZGJg4

    Eh?

    I think this can be filed under 'viral marketing' but it is good to see the car...

    Oops. Forgot to add the bit at the beginning - that's from Rubens' Twitter account

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 19:42

    Eh?

    I think this can be filed under 'viral marketing' but it is good to see the car...

    thats got to be faked. sooooo obviously meant to be there

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 19:45

    Who killed TwitPic?

  • Paul Convery29/01/2010 at 19:46

    Someone caught illegal footage of my car while at Silverstone: http://www.you...m/watch?v=Rbtzx8ZGJg4

    Eh?

    I think this can be filed under 'viral marketing' but it is good to see the car...

    So thats what Williams where filming yesterday! Quite a smart idea. Rather liking the look of the car after watching that, but still need to see some better shots of it.

  • Dank29/01/2010 at 19:50

    Eh?

    I think this can be filed under 'viral marketing' but it is good to see the car...

    I concur.

  • Paul Convery29/01/2010 at 19:51

    Did a good job of quoting that didn't I? :( Meant to say "So thats what Williams where filming yesterday! Quite a smart idea. Rather liking the look of the car after watching that, but still need to see some better shots of it." instead of including it in the quote...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 19:52

    Eh?

    I think this can be filed under 'viral marketing' but it is good to see the car...

    Jonathan Noble just confirmed it came from Claire Williams @ err...Williams...

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 20:08

    #sidepodspace

    Interesting space thing in an hour's time. Could be could for the photographers. The chance to get a very unusual picture.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20100128/tsc-mars-and-moon-in-heavenly-show-4b158bc.html

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 20:14

    Here are a few photos from today uploaded to Flickr...

    Linky Poo

  • lou29/01/2010 at 20:27

    Interesting space thing in an hour's time. Could be could for the photographers. The chance to get a very unusual picture.

    oooo i will keep an eye out :)

  • lou29/01/2010 at 20:28

    Here are a few photos from today uploaded to Flickr...

    love them :D

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 20:29

    Here are a few photos from today uploaded to Flickr...

    The drivers look OK with each other in those. Much better than in the video

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 20:42

    I'm back. Do you still need the thingy Adie?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 20:45

    I'm back. Do you still need the thingy Adie?

    Ooo yes please. I'm about to pop out so if you can mail me - [email protected] you'd be a very kind man!

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 20:46

    Ooo yes please. I'm about to pop out so if you can mail me - [email protected] you'd be a very kind man!

    Will do

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 20:47

    Will do

    You sir, are a gent.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:04

    #sidepodspace

    Interesting space thing in an hour's time. Could be could for the photographers. The chance to get a very unusual picture.

    http://uk.news...nly-show-4b158bc.html

    Very clear night. Mars is just too small to see anything on it though.

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 21:12
  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 21:13
  • RG29/01/2010 at 21:14
  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:15
  • jpancoast (What the heck is a Pechito?)29/01/2010 at 21:22
  • me29/01/2010 at 21:28

    To go back to the original discussion this was in, I really don't think you can earn a living from a blog, the best you can do is cover some costs like domain names.

    just had this discussion with christine. even in the best case scenario, you'd be end up maybe £12,000 short of earning a living from blogging (with the biggest expense being hosting).

    that's a massive amount of money to find without additional backing. there's no-way ad-revenue can be the full story.

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:29

    there are ways to make money from a blog. A certain F1 blog only makes money from being a blog. He quit his job didn't he?

    so i've just learnt. however, i question the maths.

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:29

    unfortunately you have to do certain things that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy :)

    do tell?

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 21:29

    just had this discussion with christine. even in the best case scenario, you'd be end up maybe £12,000 short of earning a living from blogging (with the biggest expense being hosting).

    depends does it not? for you guys the cost will buy alot higher than a text only supplier

  • Dan Brunell29/01/2010 at 21:29

    just had this discussion with christine. even in the best case scenario, you'd be end up maybe £12,000 short of earning a living from blogging (with the biggest expense being hosting).

    I'm surprised that it is even that much.

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:31

    depends does it not? for you guys the cost will buy alot higher than a text only supplier

    we're basing it on what it costs us to supply text.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 21:33

    we're basing it on what it costs us to supply text.

    ah ok.

    im really interested to see what my provider says is "unlimited bandwidth"

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:33

    I'm surprised that it is even that much.

    that is in the very best case. i would assume much lower income, and much higher expenditure.

    i can't imagine travelling to newbury cost nothing. but that hasn't been factored in, for example.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 21:33

    Concerning Adie's request after various different ideas I decided to go for this

    http://i48.tinypic.com/hts3gx.png

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:34

    im really interested to see what my provider says is "unlimited bandwidth"

    it's not infinite. trust me.

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:34
  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 21:35

    it's not infinite. trust me.

    haha yeah i am aware. the t&c's are very vague on the area, it says something like if they feel it is appropriate use of bandwidth or soemthing rubbish like that.

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:36

    haha yeah i am aware. the t&c's are very vague on the area, it says something like if they feel it is appropriate use of bandwidth or soemthing rubbish like that.

    you'll be fine unless itunes features you on the homepage or something crazy like that.

  • lou29/01/2010 at 21:36

    http://i48.tinypic.com/hts3gx.png

    awesome! i also love that it's the honda helmet! long live honda! ;)

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 21:36

    you'll be fine unless itunes features you on the homepage or something crazy like that.

    i think itunes will be the least of my problems soon, im moving into video in the near-ish future, and they aint gonna be small videos!

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 21:37

    awesome! i also love that it's the honda helmet! long live honda! ;)

    :D

    I often find when you go back to basics you find the best results... I was making logos far too complex for 20 minutes or so with no good end result so I think I prefer it like that :)

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:38

    i think itunes will be the least of my problems soon, im moving into video in the near-ish future, and they aint gonna be small videos!

    can recommend youtube? :)

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 21:39

    can recommend youtube? :)

    i tried out blip.tv with the go motorsport thing and really like that, so will have more of a look into that. i think id be too long for youtubes

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:40

    Concerning Adie's request after various different ideas I decided to go for this

    Do you need to buy Lou a Milky Bar?

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:45

    i tried out blip.tv with the go motorsport thing and really like that, so will have more of a look into that. i think id be too long for youtubes

    sadly, i can't recommend them anymore.

    they used to be awesome, but now use traffic shaping technology which offers end users a terrible experience (downloads slow to a crawl).

    we had complaints about download speed a while back - all blip.tv's fault.

    feel free to try it, but their business model didn't stack up and they've had to change to the detriment of the viewer, in my experience.

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:49

    Just reading the McLaren press pack properly and found one of the changes to the regs that I didn't know about

    Using a second additional engine during a race weekend carries a 10-place grid penalty for the following event

    http://www.mclaren.com/f1season/2010/presspack2010/tech-spec.php

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 21:52

    hello, anything interesting happening in sidepodland?

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 21:52

    Eating ben and jerry's makes work a lot more fun!

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:53

    feel free to try it, but their business model didn't stack up and they've had to change to the detriment of the viewer, in my experience.

    just to back that up. two blog posts from blip.tv that describes how they screw the end user experience:

    http://theblog.blip.tv/post/160704246/todays-release-is-out-the-door-this-affects-you

    http://theblog.blip.tv/post/167329020/more-changes-to-how-we-stream-videos

    Our middle term goal is to aggressively shape download speeds during peak times while allowing “fast as possible” downloads during non-peak times.

    i've never heard of any other video provider do this, and they did it without warning and went from being awesome to awful pretty much overnight.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 21:54

    Just reading the McLaren press pack properly and found one of the changes to the regs that I didn't know about

    I knew that but didn't know about the wheel rim heaters

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 21:54

    Do you need to buy Lou a Milky Bar?

    The helmet was part of the request! :)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:54

    Eating ben and jerry's makes work a lot more fun!

    Unfair

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:54

    I knew that but didn't know about the wheel rim heaters

    am baffled. they no longer heat? so why use them?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:55

    The helmet was part of the request! :)

    It didn't have to be so big. That looked like the response to I am in trouble with Lou but I know how to get out of it

  • Alison29/01/2010 at 21:56

    It is not unfair! I'm at work at 10pm on a friday... I should be allowed a sugar rush!

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 21:57

    Interesting space thing in an hour's time. Could be could for the photographers. The chance to get a very unusual picture.

    I was just looking at that - Mars and the moon lining up very nicely, no sign of alien invaders though (there was a similar alignment at the start of War of the Worlds if I remember rightly)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:57

    am baffled. they no longer heat? so why use them?

    Part of the tyre warmer was a heating elemet which heated the wheel rim. That cannot be used now but they can still heat the tyre. I don't get the logic of banning that one piece. Seems like a typical French compromise

  • me29/01/2010 at 21:58

    Part of the tyre warmer was a heating elemet which heated the wheel rim. That cannot be used now but they can still heat the tyre. I don't get the logic of banning that one piece. Seems like a typical French compromise

    madness.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 21:58

    Part of the tyre warmer was a heating elemet which heated the wheel rim. That cannot be used now but they can still heat the tyre. I don't get the logic of banning that one piece. Seems like a typical French compromise

    what he said

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 21:59

    I was just looking at that - Mars and the moon lining up very nicely, no sign of alien invaders though (there was a similar alignment at the start of War of the Worlds if I remember rightly)

    Mars looks too small even with binoculars to see if there are aliens there but it is 60 million miles away. Don't know about the start of War of the Worlds

  • lou29/01/2010 at 22:00

    It didn't have to be so big. That looked like the response to I am in trouble with Lou but I know how to get out of it

    hahahaha :D aww Lukeh's yet to do anything bad.. but that would heal things you're right :)

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 22:01

    Mars looks too small even with binoculars to see if there are aliens there but it is 60 million miles away. Don't know about the start of War of the Worlds

    in the book we could see the martians launching their invasion - akin to them being able to see the shuttle launch! that'll be why they call it science fiction

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:02

    Top priority from the McLaren info. Bob Bell's invention survives

    Front suspension

    Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement

    Rear suspension

    Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 22:06

    Rear suspension

    Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement

    sadly they were originally used on bells and nothing to do with bob

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:06

    sadly they were originally used on bells and nothing to do with bob

    sshhh! Giggles thinks he was right about that.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 22:07

    sshhh! Giggles thinks he was right about that.

    ooops, that'd be like telling him there is no tooth fairy

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:08

    in the book we could see the martians launching their invasion - akin to them being able to see the shuttle launch! that'll be why they call it science fiction {Comment #580}

    Admittedly, the book was written in 1898, so HG Wells could be forgiven for not quite getting the science right, especially after comparing the gulf between Martian and human intelligence with the one between humans and oxen...

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:09

    christine's unwell. i banned her from commenting, but she still tweeted, doh!

    http://twitter.com/mrschristine/status/8385590964

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:09

    ooops, that'd be like telling him there is no tooth fairy

    Exactly the same. I like his version better than it just being a bit of bent metal with a hole in it

  • RG29/01/2010 at 22:10

    christine's unwell. i banned her from commenting, but she still tweeted, doh!

    That Mrs C eh ;)

    Get well soon!

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:10

    christine's unwell. i banned her from commenting, but she still tweeted, doh!

    You are supposed to be nice to unwell people not to ban them from doing things

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 22:10

    Admittedly, the book was written in 1898, so HG Wells could be forgiven for not quite getting the science right, especially after comparing the gulf between Martian and human intelligence with the one between humans and oxen...

    he was a bit a generous to us humans :-)

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:11

    You are supposed to be nice to unwell people not to ban them from doing things

    i said, if she's too sick to cook dinner, she's too sick to comment.

    i was clearly to narrow in my specification.

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:11

    I've just applied for a job as a receptionist at a kart track that's opening near me soon. This is quite exciting, though I am surprised at how rapidly karting is becoming so important to me...

  • lou29/01/2010 at 22:11

    i said, if she's too sick to cook dinner, she's too sick to comment.

    you meany!

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 22:11

    I've just applied for a job as a receptionist at a kart track that's opening near me soon. This is quite exciting, though I am surprised at how rapidly karting is becoming so important to me...

    its because karting ruuuuuuuules

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:11

    i said, if she's too sick to cook dinner, she's too sick to comment.

    Harsh!!

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 22:12

    i said, if she's too sick to cook dinner, she's too sick to comment.

    have you eaten? not eating dosent help ill people (i hear)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:12

    I've just applied for a job as a receptionist at a kart track that's opening near me soon. This is quite exciting, though I am surprised at how rapidly karting is becoming so important to me...

    I hope you get it. You could be the next Lewis Hamilton

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 22:12

    I hope you get it. You could be the next Lewis Hamilton

    (but a girl)

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:12

    you meany!

    but i'm hungry :(

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:12

    If you're reading this, Mrs C, get well soon.

    If Mrs C is not reading this, please could Mr C pass the message on to her?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:12

    i said, if she's too sick to cook dinner, she's too sick to comment.

    She needs to stand up to cook and to smell things that don't smell good until they are cooked. Not of that applies to commenting

  • lou29/01/2010 at 22:13

    but i'm hungry :(

    ring for a takeaway?... that way you get warm food, christine can relax and comment and still eat... win win ;)

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:13

    If you're reading this, Mrs C, get well soon.

    she better not be!

    If Mrs C is not reading this, please could Mr C pass the message on to her?

    she probably read you tweet, but shall do.

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 22:13

    If Mrs C is not reading this, please could Mr C pass the message on to her?

    is she well enough to receive comments Mr C?

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 22:13

    but i'm hungry :(

    1) oven to 200

    2) take pizza OUT of the packaging

    3) put on baking tray

    4) 20 minutes later. take out.

    simples

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:13

    is she well enough to receive comments Mr C?

    grrr.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:13

    ring for a takeaway?... that way you get warm food, christine can relax and comment and still eat... win win ;)

    Can you takeaway milky bars?

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:13

    but i'm hungry :(

    Order a pizza or make some muffins

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:13

    simples

    not sure we has a pizza.

  • RG29/01/2010 at 22:14

    she better not be!

    We all know the answer to that.

    Hi Mrs C.

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:14

    Can you takeaway milky bars?

    no. but there's a business plan right there.

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 22:14

    not sure we has a pizza.

    hmm. what does you have? we can help :D

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:14

    I hope you get it. You could be the next Lewis Hamilton {Comment #597}

    Thank you very much, Steven. As for the "next Lewis Hamilton", that depends. Did Lewis Hamilton ever work as a receptionist? ;)

  • lou29/01/2010 at 22:14

    no. but there's a business plan right there.

    you stole my comment..

    well.. technically you didn't, but i was just about to type that exact same comment.

    scary...

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:15

    you stole my comment..

    and your business idea?

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:15

    no. but there's a business plan right there.

    Lukeh's Greggs and Milky Bar Takeaway

    Serving Your Every Snack Desire

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:15

    I'm not sure Greggs will like me using the name Greggs. perhaps I shall use the local Greggs sign that has an R missing

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:15

    Lukeh's Greggs and Milky Bar Takeaway

    Serving Your Every Snack Desire

    Milky Bar and mint sauce

  • lou29/01/2010 at 22:16

    and your business idea?

    that too! you're mean when you're hungry :P

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:16

    she probably read you tweet, but shall do {Comment #603}

    Thank you very much, Mr C :)

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:16

    that too! you're mean when you're hungry :P

    i didn't know this about me.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:16

    Milky Bar and mint sauce

    I'm not sure there is a market for mint sauce for a snack

  • lou29/01/2010 at 22:17

    i didn't know this about me.

    :P

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:20

    Can you takeaway milky bars? {Comment #607}

    I don't think so.

    While we're working on the business plan, one of the milkshake shops in Sheffield does Milky Bar milkshakes. Maybe you could include those and some Greggshakes (milkshakes made from those elements of Greggs' production which work well with milk) in the takeaway list? I think that the latter will be a unique product in the inventory because I've never seen any savoury or chain-bakery product made into a milkshake before (though I've seen Battenburg milkshakes before and I think you can get Battenburg cake in Greggs).

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 22:21

    Battenburg milkshakes? That is just wrong

  • me29/01/2010 at 22:21

    Battenburg milkshakes? That is just wrong

    mmmmm food.

  • RubberGoat29/01/2010 at 22:22

    Evening.

    Meatshakes. That is all ;)

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:23

    I'm not sure Greggs will like me using the name Greggs. perhaps I shall use the local Greggs sign that has an R missing {Comment #617}

    Depends. Since you will probably have a contract to use only Greggs' produce to the exclusion of all competing bakeries, you might be able to negotiate the use of the name in your shop title to advertise the fact (especially since you are using it as a mark of the high quality of Greggs' produce).

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:26

    Depends. Since you will probably have a contract to use only Greggs' produce to the exclusion of all competing bakeries, you might be able to negotiate the use of the name in your shop title to advertise the fact (especially since you are using it as a mark of the high quality of Greggs' produce).

    I may have to call it Sidepodgreggs ;)

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:28

    Battenburg milkshakes? That is just wrong {Comment #626}

    Not as wrong as some of the milkshake combinations I've seen them offer. They have competitions for the craziest milkshakes people buy and photograph each weekday. For example, Friday's winner was Areo, Rolo, Refresher, Eggs (mini) and Nutella. In the same cup, accompanied by the usual ice cream and milk.

    Personally, I tend to be less adventurous. The most exotic version I've tried is strawberries and fig roll with lime sherbert topping.

    It may not surprise you to hear this particular milkshake shop is in Sheffield, which has a notably large student population...

  • Alianora La Canta29/01/2010 at 22:31

    its because karting ruuuuuuuules {Comment #594}

    Ah. That might have something to do with it...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 22:31

    LukeH, just got your mail. Thanks mate :)

    In other news, write up of the launch - http://bit.ly/cjRuec

    Not my thoughts, that's another post entirely!

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 22:32

    Ah. That might have something to do with it...

    its my favourite motorsport by far

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:33

    LukeH, just got your mail. Thanks mate :)

    Need me to change anything or you alright?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 22:34

    Need me to change anything or you alright?

    I shall let you know...looks good though!

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 22:34

    I shall let you know...looks good though!

    And thank you.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:35

    And thank you.

    No problemo :)

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 22:37

    It may not surprise you to hear this particular milkshake shop is in Sheffield, which has a notably large student population...

    Being a student and having milkshakes... ah, that takes me back

    Of course in our case a "strawberry milkshake" was a rather nasty combination of cider, larger, vodka, advocaat and blackcurrant cordial

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 22:52

    unfortunately you have to do certain things that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy :)

    do tell?

    I wondered that but wasn't sure whether to ask...

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 22:55

    christine's unwell. i banned her from commenting, but she still tweeted, doh!

    http://twitter...ine/status/8385590964

    What? You banned an ill person from the comments? The comments keep you going!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 22:56

    christine's unwell. i banned her from commenting, but she still tweeted, doh!

    http://twitter...ine/status/8385590964

    PS - get well soon

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 22:56

    I've just applied for a job as a receptionist at a kart track that's opening near me soon. This is quite exciting, though I am surprised at how rapidly karting is becoming so important to me...

    good luck

    #sidepoddiscount?

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 22:57

    good luck

    #sidepoddiscount?

    I like your thinking.

    But seriously....good luck!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 22:58

    While we're working on the business plan, one of the milkshake shops in Sheffield does Milky Bar milkshakes. Maybe you could include those and some Greggshakes (milkshakes made from those elements of Greggs' production which work well with milk) in the takeaway list? I think that the latter will be a unique product in the inventory because I've never seen any savoury or chain-bakery product made into a milkshake before (though I've seen Battenburg milkshakes before and I think you can get Battenburg cake in Greggs).

    Is that part of the group that will let you bring almost anything in, and they'll try to make a milkshake out of it?

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 22:58

    Hehe, just seen the Williams 'viral' video. I like it! :)

  • Rich29/01/2010 at 23:01

    Hehe, just seen the Williams 'viral' video. I like it! :)

    That was their launch! I just love it and Claire's tweets have nice sense of humour. It so much cleverer than the BIG TEAMS!

  • James29/01/2010 at 23:23

    Good news Mr C, Google wants IE6 to die :)

    The war against IE6 continues. Effective March 1, 2010, Google will begin phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 in Google Docs and Google Sites.

    http://mashable.com/2010/01/29/google-ie6/

  • me29/01/2010 at 23:24

    Good news Mr C, Google wants IE6 to die :)

    don't we all ;)

  • James29/01/2010 at 23:25

    don't we all ;)

    indeed, its stayed around long enough.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 23:26

    I am very confused, why is www.last.fm loading in chinese for me but noone else?

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 23:28

    I...am going to Brands Hatch tomorrow...

    For Marshall Training :D

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 23:28

    I am very confused, why is www.last.fm loading in chinese for me but noone else?

    Oh. I changed the language at the top.

    Moving along...

  • lou29/01/2010 at 23:29

    I...am going to Brands Hatch tomorrow...

    you lucky...!!!

    For Marshall Training :D

    ooo have fun!!

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 23:30

    ooo have fun!!

    ta. am very excited. get to play with fire extinguishers.

    i'll write it up when i get home

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 23:30

    I...am going to Brands Hatch tomorrow...

    For Marshall Training :D

    Should be an interesting experience!

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 23:31

    Blogathon news:

    http://furiouswedge.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-recently-posted-collection-of.html

    I've realised I don't understand much of what is going on.

  • me29/01/2010 at 23:32

    am slowly catching up with today's news. joe's mention of sidepod space just blew my mind:

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/why-the-new-mclaren-will-be-silver/

    :)

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 23:34

    am slowly catching up with today's news. joe's mention of sidepod space just blew my mind:

    :P

  • me29/01/2010 at 23:36

    erm, daily post might be delayed.

    i'd better crack on.

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 23:37

    i'd better crack on.

    I'm expecting "Today is Saturday... the, uh, 30th January. The day between Friday and sunday. Urm... discuss."

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 23:37

    I...am going to Brands Hatch tomorrow...

    For Marshall Training :D

    That should be fun. Enjoy

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 23:37

    I'm expecting "Today is Saturday... the, uh, 30th January. The day between Friday and sunday. Urm... discuss."

    you're expecting that many capital letters?

  • Scott Woodwiss29/01/2010 at 23:39

    you're expecting that many capital letters?

    Mr C has to use capitals when doing proper posts. It's, like, the law. ;)

  • Steven Roy29/01/2010 at 23:39

    am slowly catching up with today's news. joe's mention of sidepod space just blew my mind:

    http://joesawa...laren-will-be-silver/

    :)

    You had me going there. I read that earlier and thought I would have noticed that

  • Scott Woodwiss29/01/2010 at 23:40

    Anyone want Day 1 Kimi rally action?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyJr0otWnHc

  • me29/01/2010 at 23:40

    Anyone want Day 1 Kimi rally action?
    http://www.you...m/watch?v=iyJr0otWnHc

    yes. but in the rally thread ;)

  • Scott Woodwiss29/01/2010 at 23:41

    yes. but in the rally thread ;)

    I really need to look at that dropdown menu more...

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 23:41

    10 hours of editing and writing later I have today's target posts etc done.

    Blimey.

  • me29/01/2010 at 23:42

    I really need to look at that dropdown menu more...

    that's what i'm here for :)

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 23:42

    I really need to look at that dropdown menu more...

    that's what i'm here for :)

    hoorah! someone as unobservant as me :D

  • Maverick29/01/2010 at 23:43

    Anyone want Day 1 Kimi rally action?

    http://www.you...m/watch?v=iyJr0otWnHc

    I see Red Bull have now extended their curved nose shape to the rally cars ;-)

  • startledbunny29/01/2010 at 23:53

    evening all

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 23:54

    evening all

    evening

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 23:56

    Me = Sleep

    Night all

  • Pat W29/01/2010 at 23:56

    Night all

    night

  • lou29/01/2010 at 23:57

    Me = Sleep

    night! have fun tomorrow! i'd come up and watch/ take funny pics but i can't.. blame my revision :(

  • startledbunny29/01/2010 at 23:57

    Night all

    Night no H

  • Lukeh29/01/2010 at 23:58

    Me = Sleep

    Have fun tomorrow, I'm heading off too. Night all.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 23:59

    Right SidePodGang.

    It seems I have reached the end of my ability to do *stuff* today. Non stop action since 05:30 and I'm spent.

    Night all.

  • Adie29/01/2010 at 23:59

    A big wet kiss to you all

  • Jon "There's No H" Waldock29/01/2010 at 23:59

    night! have fun tomorrow! i'd come up and watch/ take funny pics but i can't.. blame my revision :(

    im not sure theres a great deal of pictures you could take of a bunch of guys in orange overalls playing with fire...

  • lou30/01/2010 at 00:00

    im not sure theres a great deal of pictures you could take of a bunch of guys in orange overalls playing with fire...

    that sounds like the perfect opportunity to take embarrassing pics of everyone :P

  • Pat W30/01/2010 at 00:03

    It seems I have reached the end of my ability to do *stuff* today. Non stop action since 05:30 and I'm spent.

    Don't blame you! I will have a read..

  • Tom G30/01/2010 at 00:09

    Right, who sent snow here? I'm bored of it after abusing it last time with a sledge, I want a road that won't kill me when I walk on it.

  • Alianora La Canta30/01/2010 at 01:57

    good luck

    #sidepoddiscount? {Comment #642}

    Thank you, Pat and Adie - though I wouldn't count on there being discounts unless I am am told otherwise, since I have no idea what their company policy on the subject is.

  • Alianora La Canta30/01/2010 at 01:59

    Is that part of the group that will let you bring almost anything in, and they'll try to make a milkshake out of it? {Comment #644}

    It isn't. They have 185 individual flavours in stock (plus three different base liquids), but you can only pick from things in stock, possibly for hygiene reasons.