Not sure how clear the massive spider web is but wow!
A blog post that cuts across two subjects… first of all, a look back to my frankly strange dream last night.
My dream last night started out with me being driven around the Monaco F1 circuit by Martin Brundle. I was asking him questions about the sport and I vividly recall asking him a question about Nigel Mansell that, for whatever reason, he declined to entertain. We also took advantage of driving past the shops to stop and window shop – as you do.
He struck me as being very eloquent (which to be honest, is how Brundle comes across when presenting F1), and knowledgeable about the sport. It was a good dream.
A bit weird, but entertaining. After that, it got very weird.
Back in August I had a phone call to tell me that a very nice man I knew via work had passed away. I’ve been meaning to phone his wife and check on her (and today I did indeed call her), and I think this must have been playing upon my mind. I dreamed that I went round to see her and make sure she was alright. Whilst there, we performed some sort of ritual and her husband’s spirit took over my body – but only for a short time.
During this ‘experience’, we listened to some music and danced, and we both got very emotional – in floods of tears. As his spirit left me, his wife was asking me if I knew why ’52’ was important. I couldn’t answer, and felt very upset. In the dream, I felt really upset, virtually in tears, and this was enough to actually wake me up. I haven’t been jolted awake by a dream for a long time, so this was very unusual.
I’m still not really sure what to make of this dream.
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!