Back when I was still a kid (which feels so long ago sometimes!), I found myself regarding one particular sportsman as a cut beyond the rest. That man was Nigel Mansell, and I detail the impact he has had on my love of Formula 1 here.
So, my little girl is now at school full-time! No more half days, this is where she is there all day! It’s scary to think how quickly this has come about. When we walk her to school I can’t help but notice all the kids in nursery uniform, and all I can picture is my daughter in that same uniform – but now she’s a whole year older and not in nursery colours anymore!
She’s taken to it quite well. She walks on in, quite happily, and whilst part of me wants my little girl to declare she needs a cuddle from daddy before running into class, I am proud that she is confident enough to stroll in without any drama.
She’s growing up so fast! I struggle to get over just how fast. It seems like only yesterday she was born. I remember her first birthday and I vividly remember my dear nan getting to hold my daughter – a very special moment for me.
Each day my daughter makes me smile and warms my heart. I am very lucky.
So, over the past couple of days I’ve been writing some additional material for my Formula 1 page – namely a series of pages about some of the sports most iconic figures and teams. However, looking back on what I’ve written so far, I’ve come to the conclusion that these pages are just re-writes of material already found on Wikipedia. What I want these pages to be is more personal. They should be about my memories, not a dry rehash of stuff already written.
With that in mind, this means my new F1 pages will be delayed a little bit whilst I go back and change them.
So, another race done and dusted. The heat and humidity of Singapore overcome for another year. After a dramatic qualifying session yesterday that saw Lewis Hamilton snatch pole by just 0.007 seconds, the chances were good that the battle would be a tight one between himself and title rival (and Mercedes teammate) Nico Rosberg.
The race produced late drama but not because of anything Rosberg did. His race was effectively over before it even began, an electrical problem with his steering wheel extending to problems with gear control and telemetry that saw him forced to start from the pit lane. His pace was off and an attempt to ‘reboot’ the car in the pits failed, leaving him unable to continue after just 14 laps.
(Hamilton leads into the first few turns as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso runs wide – picture via The Sunday Telegraph)
Hamilton’s win was not easy though. Whilst he peeled away from the pack quite easily at the start, and looked to be comfortably in control after the first round of pit stops, a safety car period (an ideal time for fresh tyres and with a mandatory pit stop still to come) was not exploited, and Lewis, although on the softer, faster tyre, needed to build up a lead of at least 27 seconds to be sure of getting into the pits and out again ahead of Vettel. In the end, with a handful of laps to go, Hamilton made his stop, and came out right behind the German.
On fresher tyres and in a better car, Hamilton swiftly got past Vettel’s Red Bull, and went on to win.
That win now sees Hamilton take a three-point lead in the title race, and leads for the first time since May. There is still some way to go, but Lewis has seven wins to Rosberg’s four, has won the last two, and looks to be getting some momentum. Will he be able to maintain it, or will Rosberg respond?
I’ve been giving some thought to video-blogging – I have a YouTube account, so why not do it?
It’s quite tempting and it’s a more personal way of getting my message out there – but I don’t have a lot of time to devote to it. Also, my face is more suited for radio than video!
I’ve now tweaked my Trek vs Wars page slightly, to reflect some of the stuff I’ve been discussing on Starfleet Jedi. I am also pondering adding a ‘What I hate’ section to the site, which will, obviously, discuss things I don’t like!
Common sense prevails over jingonistic sentiment and Scotland remains part of the Union. Good – together we are stronger than we ever could be apart!
Today I ended up doing an all-dayer at work. This is not the first time this has happened and won’t be the last.
Why put myself through that? The bottom line is, if I don’t, I will never get through everything I need to do. It sucks, and and I am loathe to do it, but considering the ongoing workload placed upon us by an unsympathetic head office, it becomes a requirement of the job.
This is the requirement of management. It requires you to put in a shift. It is tiring, it is stressful, and it is uncompromising. You have to make tough choices. You are expected to work long hours. You need to be proactive. In retail, you need to be juggling several balls in the air, all the time.
It is though, rewarding. Going home at the end of the day, knowing you have worked your hardest, knowing that you’ve achieved most of your goals, and served customers and helped take in the cash, is very important to me. As long as I can keep that belief that I am working hard, doing my best and achieving my aims, I can come home, perhaps totally shattered, but ultimately happy.
So, it’s time for the latest bi-weekly site stats update! (I can tell you’re all trembling with excitement – which page is soaring high, which nation is scoring the most hits???).
The past two weeks have seen a dramatic surge or two with activity, but then, this corresponds to a more aggressive marketing strategy. So, lets see where we are:
The USA is currently top of referrals, with 581. The UK is second with 517, and in third is Australia with 279. Canada is fourth on 136, and Slovenia is fifth on 34. I’m not going to include every last hit from every last nation now, because frankly it’s a long list! It does seem that my site is garnering quite a following in eastern Europe – Slovenia, Finland, Latvia, Serbia, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Croatia have all registered hits to my site.
In terms of site referrers, Stardestroyer.net is way out in the lead on 274, with Bigfooty some way back on 126. Starfleet Jedi is third on 46, and search engines are fourth with 36. Fifth is Twitter, on 27.
Tune in at the end of the month for more!
Yesterday we ventured off to Southend-on-Sea (a combination of cosmopolitan city and seaside resort town) to check out an attraction docked at the end of Southend Pier (which by the way, is the longest pleasure-pier in the world, at over a mile long) – namely, a replica pirate ship! I had hoped to share a few pictures, but the file sizes are too big for poor WordPress to handle!
Nevertheless, it was a great day out – my daughter absolutely loved traveling down to the end of the pier on the little train they’ve got, and she was entranced by the pirate ship (but not before she detoured and did some colouring in and pirate-hat making!).
I’m not sure just how faithful a replica this ship was, but if it’s even remotely accurate, then the sleeping area for the average member of the crew was cramped, to put it mildly, and you have to be very careful of every last bit of rope and rigging or you’re going to have a spectacular accident. Life at sea in those days must have been bloody hard!
My daughter had a great time, exploring and playing on the ship – and she also enjoyed her beach-side picnic too! It was, all in all, a very good day!
One of my life goals (beyond getting rich and famous) is to get the sort of body that Chris Hemsworth would envy. To achieve this, I obviously need to eat right (which I do, for the most part), and exercise.
Now, back in July I did make a more concerted effort to work out, especially in respect of sit ups and stomach crunches, but going the full Monty is a question of time and energy – I work full time and my job is a physically active one. I am on my feet all day, so working out upon arriving home isn’t really an option.
Nevertheless, I think it’s something I need to press ahead with. I want to have a bit of that WOW factor!