Archive for March, 2009

The Australian Grand Prix has been run for another year, and the new Brawn GP team has taken first and second places. Jenson Button made things look easy and even though Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull did not allow him to get away at all during the race, I suspect that Button had a lot of speed up his sleeve and could have gone much faster. Second placed Rubens Barrichello made things look much harder, as he was swamped at the start of the race by Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica, and then had an altercation with Webber and Kovalainen in the first corner which put the Finn into retirement and ruined the Aussie’s race. Rubens carried on with a damaged wing and did not look like getting on the podium until three laps from the end when Vettel and Kubica took each other out.

An unlikely and contriversial third place was taken by Lewis Hamilton after Jarno Trulli was penalised for passing the Brit under the final safety car after he made a mistake which allowed Lewis through. Glock finished fifth after starting in pit lane, and showed that the Toyotas are going to be fast throughout the season. Alonso came sixth even though his Renault ran out of the points for much of the race, seventh placed Nico Rosberg was hampered by a botched pit stop by his Williams team, as he looked like he had a car capable of challenging for a podium. Eighth place was filled by Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi who took a point on debut and outraced his much more experienced team mate.

The Ferraris struggled for pace throughout. They had trouble keeping up with the Red Bull and BMW and then Massa had reliability issues and Raikkonen had an accident.

  1. Jenson Button – Brawn Mercedes
  2. Rubens Barrichello – Brawn Mercedes
  3. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes
  4. Timo Glock – Toyota
  5. Fernando Alonso – Renault
  6. Nico Rosberg – Williams Toyota
  7. Sebastien Buemi – Toro Rosso Ferrari
  8. Sebastian Bourdais – Toro Rosso Ferrari

I feel that next week in Malaysia the Brawns will once again fly, but the pace of Vettel makes me think that Red Bull should be challenging for a podium place with the Toyotas and Rosberg and Kubica. Brawn, Red Bull, Toyota, BMW and Williams look to be the fastest cars this season and the rest of the teams need to do a lot of catching up.

Killer Moth

Posted: March 28, 2009 in Batman, DC Comics
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Speaking of cool action figures, one of my favourite Bat-rogues has finally been moulded into plastic. I really have to get my hands on this Mattel DC Universe Killer Moth action figure. It really looks pretty good.

I do have Corgi’s Killer Moth Mothmobile that they released a few years ago. Not sure how successful the model was, but it was in my opinion, the best in the entire Corgi Batman vehicle line.

I suppose we have Scott Rogers from the Killer Moth Appreciation and Preservation Society blog to thank for the Killer Moth figure. Perhaps I could get him to persuade the Four Horsemen to make an Eraser or Copperhead figure?

I have a soft spot for Batman’s lesser known villains, especially those who can be classified a being losers. Everyone knows the Joker, Ra’s Al Ghul, the Penguin, Two Face and the Riddler, but how many casual fans know the Getaway Gimmick Genius, the Black Spider, the Spook or Crazy Quilt? I also admit to being a fan of Killer Moth and Firefly too. However the villain that I want to focus on here is someone who had no chance of being more than a one-shot rogue, even though his ‘m.o.’ was pretty cool. While his shtick of erasing any evidence of another crook’s crime could have made him a worthy member of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, Lenny Fiasco’s costume was just too silly, while the story was just stupid. Still, I think Eraser would make for a pretty neat action figure.

I think that a new order being established on the Formula 1 grid for 2009. After the first qualifying session of the new season we have Brawn GP, Red Bull and Williams all looking strong, whilst McLaren and Renault are really struggling. I’m not sure where Ferrari are in the mix, as they seemed fast all weekend, but when the time came they were not fast enough to challenge the Brawns. I was a little disappointed with the Toyotas during period 3 of qualifying as I thought they’s sweep the second row of the grid, but perhaps they are concentrating more on their race strategy.

  1. Jenson Button – Brawn Mercedes Benz
  2. Rubens Barrichello – Brawn Mercedes Benz
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Red BullRenault
  4. Robert Kubica – BMW Sauber
  5. Nico Rosberg – Williams Toyota
  6. Timo Glock – Toyota
  7. Felipe Massa – Ferrari
  8. Jarno Trulli – Toyota
  9. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
  10. Mark Webber – Red Bull Renault
  11. Nick Heidfeld – BMW Sauber
  12. Fernando Alonso – Renault
  13. Kazuki Nakajimi – Williams Toyota
  14. Heikki Kovalainen – McLaren Mercedes
  15. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren Mercedes
  16. Sebastien Buemi – Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
  17. Nelson Piquet – Renault
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella – Force India Mercedes
  19. Adrian Sutil – Force India Mercedes
  20. Sebastian Bourdais – Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari


My predictions for the race is that the Brawns will dominate. They are just so much faster than everyone else at the moment. I think that the start may be a bit chaotic, with the KERS runners using their extra horsepower boost from the lights and jumping ahead of a few teams ahead of them, but I expect the Red Bulls, Toyotas and Rosberg’s Williams to be challenging for the final podium position.

Just a little photo from the Shell meet the Ferrari drivers promotion that was held in the Melbourne City Square this morning.

Over the last couple of days I have read two articles where Port Phillip councillors have called the end of the Grand Prix at Albert Park. They want the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to tear up their contract to hold the Grand Prix at Albert Park until 2015. They do want Victoria to retain the Grand Prix (which would be difficult if the contract is torn up), just for it not to be held in their own backyard. Sigh! Who voted for these morons!!! (Oh, wait a minute! Shit! I probably did since I live within the Port Phillip electorate! Damn!)

Port Phillip Council is irrelevant anyway. Does anyone take them seriously? The council (and all local governments) are made up of latte drinking, car hating, vegans who believe in fairies (or as they say, faeries) and have an inflated sense of their own importance. They feel that they can impose their own hippy values onto everyone else because they are the only ones who can save the planet. They think that they know everything, but they really know nothing. They say that Formula 1 is environmentally unfriendly (which it is) and will die out because of climate change (no it won’t). They don’t care that motor racing is making real efforts to develop alternative fuels and will test these fuels before we use them in our cars. They don’t care because they hate cars and wants the whole world to ride bicycles everywhere!!! To read what I wrote a year ago about the people who hate the Grand Prix, click here.

On a similar note the Sydney City Council have banned Tim Tam biscuits from council meetings and even from meal on wheels because they use cocoa that may have been harvested by child labourers in west Africa. Red meat and eggs have also been banned, even though these do not come from Africa! Instead the poor pensioners who rely on meals on wheels will now have vegan alternatives, which I am sure they will love. (See what I mean about councillors being hippies!) The Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore (hippy name) wants council to have sustainable, healthy and cruelty-free catering. So Tim Tams have been banned, even though Arnotts only use a miniscule amount of African cocoa from a supplier aligned with the International Cocoa Initiative, which is dedicated to ensuring no child is exploited in the growing of cocoa and to ending child and forced labour. Doh!

My Top Ten Comedy Films

Posted: March 25, 2009 in Lists, Movie Review

Here is a quick look at my favourite comedy films. These are the films that have made me laugh the most over the years and ones that I can watch over and over again. These are probably the comedy films that I feel haven’t dated so much over the years as people’s tastes in comedy changes as time goes by. What was funny 100 years ago is not necessarily funny now.

  1. Duck Soup – The Marx Bros. funniest film and my favourite of all time.
  2. Some Like It Hot – Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag with Marilyn Monroe at her sexiest, what more could you want?
  3. Flying High! – I sure picked a bad week to quit smoking! This movie was called Airplane! in the USA and is really silly and very funny.
  4. National Lampoons Vacation – We’re going to Walley World. My Dad is Clark W. Griswold, which is probably why I find it funny, as I can empathise with the poor suffering kids.
  5. A Night At The Opera – The Marx Bros. most renowned film has many classic scenes and skits.
  6. Annie Hall – Woody Allen’s best and funniest film.
  7. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein – Universal horror fans think that this movie is a disgrace but those movies were all silly anyway.
  8. Caddyshack – I love Rodney Dangerfield in this film.
  9. The Nutty Professor (1963) – Jerry Lewis’ funniest fim, much better than the Eddie Murphy remake.
  10. Young Frankenstein – Mel Brooks’ funniest film, much better than Blazing Saddles, which I think has aged badly in comparison.

The opening practice session for the first race of the 2009 Formula 1 season is just three days away and I am very excited. There are new aerodynamic and technical rules that will hopefully make this season the most unpredictable ever. Having said that, I am going to do a season preview and try to make some pretty vague predictions.


Lewis Hamilton deservedly won the World Driver’s Championship last year, despite what Ferrari fans tell you, but after looking at their testing form in the pre-season, they have a lot of work to do for Lewis to even be a contender. The new McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 has been one of the slowest cars and has struggled to find rear grip. They have so far been outshone by the other two Mercedes powered teams, Force India and Brawn GP. While I am sure that McLaren will have improved greatly by the time the car hits the Albert Park track, I am not sure that they will have improved enough to challenge for victory.

I expect that by mid-season the McLaren will be amongst the front running teams and Lewis Hamilton will be challenging for wins. He was criticized a lot last year for his unnecessarily aggressive driving and some rookie type mistakes. He should be a more mature driver this year but the team probably will have lost too much ground at the start of 2009 for him to be considering back to back World Driver’s titles.

Heikki Kovalainen was a huge disappointment in 2008. Whilst he did score his maiden victory in Hungary, he was much slower than his team mate. His most disappointing race for me was the Italian Grand Prix where he took second place, but did not even look like challenging the victor Sebastian Vettel in the Toro Rosso.


I predict that Ferrari will take the World Driver’s Championship/Constructors Championship double in 2009. In testing they have consistently been in the top three all pre-season, while they have the resources to keep the team up front for the entire season.


I’d love to see Felipe Massa win the championship in 2009. He was desperately unlucky last year, let down by his team when he most needed them. Massa showed a great maturity and consistency in 2008, with only a couple of really bad races such as the debacle at Silverstone in the wet, where he spun several times.


Kimi Raikkonen had an awful 2008. He looked demotivated for a lot of 2008, making too many uncharacteristic mistakes. 2009 cannot be any worse, but I feel that Massa will outrace the Finn. Last year Kimi took lots of fastest race laps, but often did so when he had no chance of winning the race. He must improve this year.


BMW Sauber had a great 2008, establishing themselves as the third force in F1. I expect them to retain that form this year, and take a few more wins. Robert Kubica was very consistent last year but only took one victory in Canada. Quick Nick Heidfeld did not have the consistency of his Polish team mate, but still had some very good races. Both drivers should take lots of points and a few victories to enable their team to take second place in the Constructors World Championship.  


Renault had a terrible 2007 and were only slightly better in 2008. Fernando Alonso fluked a win in Singapore thanks to his team mate hitting the wall and causing a fortuitous safety car to be deployed. He then won again in Japan, to show that he is still the best driver in F1. His team mate Nelson Piquet endured a horrible season, and showed that he was perhaps not ready for F1. Hopefully for his sake he can do much better this year, otherwise he will be out of a job.


Renault’s testing form has been very up and down. When the R29 was first rolled out it lacked pace but by the end of the preseason they were occasionally topping the time sheets. I think they will struggle again this year.



Red Bull Renault had an OK year last year. They were very quick initially, but as the season wore on other teams soon surpassed their pace. Sebastian Vettel has joined the team and at the moment is the hottest thing in F1. Mark Webber has proved that he is a great qualifier but there are still a lot of doubts about his race pace. If Vettel thrashes him this year I think his F1 career may be over.


Having said all that, I think Red Bull may pinch a win this year. The new car was very fast when it first hit the track, but has struggled to maintain that pace throughout the preseason. I think that they will score a lot of points and podiums.



Toyota is the team who I think will be the most improved for 2009. I feel that they will establish themselves just behind Ferrari and BMW as the third force in F1. I feel that Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will both take at least one win this year and score lots of points. They have had very good, consistent testing form.



Williams have had good testing form too, and Nico Rosberg is a great driver, but I am not sure where they will finish this year. Perhaps they will steal a win if the stars align, and they should take a few points, but I don’t think that they will do very well. Rosberg will be looking for a more competitive seat by seasons end.


Brawn have dominated testing this preseason, and are favourites for the Australian Grand Prix. This car has been in development ofr over a year, ever since Honda decided that last season’s car was a dog. Ross Brawn is a genius and may have a car that thrashes the pants off everyone this year, but I am not convinced. I still think that they will be very fast, but am not sure if they will be able to develop the car throughout the season as much as Ferrari, McLaren or BMW. Still, I think Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will shake the grid up a lot, and may take a few wins.


Force India and Toro Rosso will score a few points in what should be the most competitive season of F1 ever. However I still feel that they will be the tailenders this year.


My Predictions


World Driver’s Championship

  1. Felipe Massa
  2. Kimi Raikkonen
  3. Nick Heidfeld
  4. Timo Glock
  5. Robert Kubica
  6. Jenson Button
  7. Lewis Hamilton
  8. Jarno Trulli
  9. Fernando Alonso
  10. Mark Webber



Constructors Championship

  1. Ferrari
  2. BMW Sauber
  3. Toyota
  4. Brawn
  5. McLaren Mercedes
  6. Red Bull
  7. Williams
  8. Renault
  9. Toro Rosso
  10. Force India


I am currently working on mega-post on the history of Audi’s participation in the American Le Mans Series and in the Le Mans 24 Hours. I will look at the various Audi models to have taken part in their sportscar programme since 1999, from the R8R to the current R15TDi. I will look at the brilliant results that they have achieved in the last decade that have made them the most successful racing car company of the last ten years (Yes, even more successful than Ferrari!).

I just posted about how a list was leak to the internet of websites that have been blacklisted by the Australian Media and Communications Authority  and are therefore unfit to be seen by Australian eyes. The sites on the list are not just child pornography or other heinous, disgusting sites that should be banned, but also feature regular pornography sites, online poker sites, Wikpedia pages, Youtube links, religious sites, a tourism operator and a Queensland dentist. Stephen Conroy has come out and said that the list is a fake, but if anyone links to the fake list they will be subject to $11000 a day fines and face ten years in prison. Huh!!! I thought that this list was FAKE!!! If it is FAKE then it is not the REAL list!!! Why is it illegal to link to a FAKE list? Why is the government being so secretive with all this. I suppose if we link to the real list then we would face a $200000 fine and 1000 years in jail?! As I have said, ban the child pornography sites but anything that is legal such as regular porn, gambling or dentistry should not be banned!