Steam — the Museum of the Great Western Railway

The second leg of my trip took me away from nature. I decided to go out of my way to visit Steam — the Museum of the Great Western Railway. I am not an extreme railway enthusiast, although I do find railways quite interesting. I only knew that Steam existed when I happened to pass […]

Fisichella, Badoer and the hard-to-drive Ferrari

No-one can have failed to have spotted the irony. Giancarlo Fisichella has realised his childhood dream. Like any Italian driver, the opportunity to drive for Ferrari at all — never mind at Monza — is a real dream come true for Fisichella. But as with Luca Badoer, that dream has not quite gone to plan. […]

Schumacher calls off comeback; Badoer deputises!

A pain in the neck has brought a halt to Michael Schumacher’s planned comeback. The injuries caused by his motorcycle accident in February have proved too much to cope with. There were rumblings about his neck immediately after his first test in an F2007, but the extent of the problem was not made clear. The […]

How is Kimi Räikkönen viewed by the Tifosi?

For a long time, Kimi Räikkönen has been the subject of much innuendo. He is often criticised for his known partiality to a tipple and condemned for being apparently disinterested. A few races ago BBC pundit David Coulthard described his former team mate as “the laziest driver you ever saw”. After the Malaysian Grand Prix, […]

Alan Donnelly inadvertently reveals FIA’s Ferrari bias

A story has appeared on Autosport.com this morning which reports on some comments that Alan Donnelly made in Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. In it, the FIA’s man in the steward’s room and known Max Mosley lackey attempted to rebut claims that the FIA is biased in favour of Ferrari. What I find interesting […]

The people who want control of the blogosphere

Last week I was in the pub talking to a friend and we were talking about blogging. This person doesn’t know much about it, but he knows that I’m heavily interested in it. (NB. This person is a Labour Party supporter, which explains a lot.) He asked me a really strange question. “So, who is […]

Optimism

Scots are dizzy today. Everyone seems to believe that the Scotland football team will be able to beat the World Champions today. Of course, it’s very possible. Scotland has a tendency to do well against stellar opposition. One of the earliest Scotland results I can remember is when they drew with the Netherlands in Euro […]

Is it safe to say something now?

I am quite reluctant to write about the week’s off-track events in the world of Formula 1. Originally I wanted things to settle down before I wrote anything. But ever since then, things have steadfastly refused to settle down. A few people come along to kick some dust into the air and the whole issue […]

Formula 1 2007 preview

This might be a banal post really, because anybody who is interested in this post will have been keeping an eye on the pre-season testing anyway, and will already have their own ideas of how things might pan out. But this is my blog, and I am stamping my feet as I type this!

5–0 at half time

5–0 at half time. And Scotland usually embarrass themselves against the Faroe Islands. This is just as well — we need all the goals we can get when, as Garry notes, we have a World Cup quarter finalist and both World Cup finallists in our group. And only two go through.