Sunday, July 29, 2007


Had a flying visit back home and managed to catch up with most everyone for at least a couple of hours each. In between some mad dashes around the country we managed to see the Lancaster Bomber flying over "the show" and also the Montague's Harriers that have been breeding out in the fens. No pics I'm afraid but we stopped for tea at Evedon and I snapped some nice pics in the gardens.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Flying Rabbit

Milan procurator M.V. di Vigevano is pushing for a fine for animal cruelty, following an act of idiocy by an AC Milan supporter. The fan faces a fine of up to 10,000 Euros for launching a rabbit onto the sidelines.
The offender could also be charged for throwing dangerous items at a sporting event which could lead to four years imprisonment.
Despite injury and shock, the rabbit survived and has now been adopted.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Vivre La Différence!

If the difference is the weather then it is difference worth celebrating. One week in St Aulaye in the Perigord region of France was probably too short but we still managed a few site seeing trips to Bourdeilles, Brantôme, Bordeaux, the caves at Lascaux and the Dune de Pyla.

La dernière chose. Je voudrais remercier Gerard et Liliane. Vous étiez très aimable pour nous rencontrer en Saint Aulaye. Merci pour le repas, le logement et votre hospitalité!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

How Good Was Goodwood?

It was fantastic!

Having been (only once) to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone it was difficult not to be impressed by the high level of organisation and diversity that Goodwood offers.

The cars basically run twice a day up the hill in batches of 10-15 cars roughly grouped by era or formula. Missing your favourite car is thereforefore unlikely and the chances of seeing all the cars are favourable. Knowing this, it is then possible to fully explore the pits and get as close to the cars as physically possible, talk to the owners/mechanics and hunt for some famous faces. Alternatively a longish walk up the hill takes you through the forest rally stage to the top paddock perhaps a chance meeting with Colin Mcrae or Petter Solberg.

Once you've wandered back down the hill you can explore the exhibitors area and admire the latest offerings from manufacturers like Lamborghini and Audi, or soak up the atmosphere among the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' concours cars. If seeing $50 Million dollars worth of Type 41 Bugattis parked beside the house fills you with awe, a quick detour to the supercar paddock should bring you back down to earth. Being able to poke around more affordable motors like the Veyron, Zonda Koenigsegg and Ferrari P4/5 seems almost normal!

The British weather did not fail to dissapoint but the only thing to suffer was the downhill part of the Organic Milk Race. Lewis even managed to bring a bit of sparkle to an otherwise damp Sunday.