Archive for December, 2008

The Porsche 996 GT1 of 1998, better known as the 911 GT1 won only a single race in it’s career. Fortunately it was the only real race that counts, the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours, but if it was not for this very lucky victory, the car would be considered a major flop.

The winning 911 GT1 visited Melbourne in 2007 for the Phillip Island Historics, and also posed for photos at Southbank.

After its victory at Le Mans the only other thing of note that the car did was some aerobatic work at the 1998 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Fortunately driver Yannick Dalmas was unhurt and the car was able to be put back together again.


George Harrison was not just a Beatle, but was also a great fan of Formula 1. He was close friends with many of the drivers, in particular Sir Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda who he wrote this song about. Harrison was actually inspired to write the song after speaking to Lauda after the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. He wanted to write a song that Niki, Jody Scheckter and Emerson Fittipaldi and the rest of the F1 drivers could enjoy. The song is also dedicated to the memory of Ronnie Peterson.

The beautiful sounds of the racing engines revving up come from the 1978 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

George used to be a regular visitor to Adelaide when they held the Grand Prix as well.

Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Music
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If only it was true!

Cricket Follow Up

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Sport
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Just a quick post as a follow up to a previous post in which I hypothesized that the Australian cricket selectors were prejudiced against Victorian batsmen. It seems that the person who is first in line for Matthew Hayden’s slot in the team should he fail in the next couple of matches is Michael Klinger, who until this season was a Victorian but now plays for South Australia. It seems that the only way for Victorian batsmen to get a spot in the test team is to move interstate.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Animation

A few years ago the hideous Jim Carrey Grinch movie was released, which has unfortunately over shadowed this classic holiday speical from Chuck Jones. This one is a lot closer to the Dr Seuss book than the Carrey version, and features the naration of the fantastic of Boris Karloff .

A cute Guinea Pig picture!

Posted: December 23, 2008 in Stupid Picture
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Just a cute picture that I found earlier this year. There is now a calendar full of these guinea pig  pictures.

Remakes, Remakes, Remakes!!!

Posted: December 21, 2008 in Cinema

I read the other day that Hollywood is set to remake the classic Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards film The Party, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Sellers’ part. To some people this may sound promising but to me it just sounds horrible. Is Hollywood so creatively bankrupt that they have to remake everything? Why is Sacha resorting to play someone elses character when he is quite adept at creating his own? Has no-one learnt anything from Steve Martin’s abysmal remake of The Pink Panther? Why can’t we just enjoy the originals?

The problem with most remakes these days is that they can never live up to the original. Everyone remembers Sellers’ Clouseau as one of the great screen characters of all time, which means that no matter how good Martin’s version was it would never measure up to Sellers’ brilliance. This can be said about Sellers’ version of The Party’s Hrundi V. Bakshi or Don Adams’ Maxwell Smart, which was remade earlier this year with Steve Carrell. These are characters that were built around the actors who played them and even thinking of someone else filling their shoes is heresay.